Dried Coconut

Written by Josh Dodes
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As more people turn to coconut oil as a replacement for hydrogenated oil, it is critical for consumers to understand the disadvantage of oil extracted from dried coconuts. To understand why this is so, a rudimentary understanding of the production process is necessary. Because as it happens, not all coconut oils are created equal.

The process from coconut to coconut oil has two fundamental steps. The first step uses a process of pressing to extract coconut milk from the original coconut meat. The second process involves removing virtually all of the water content form the milk.

Dried Coconuts Require Unnatural Processing

While the means of producing the oil may seem inconsequential, there is a critical difference between milk that has been cold pressed and milk that has been extracted from initially dried coconuts. As a result of the initial drying process, coconut oil produced in this way must also undergo processes of refining, deodorizing and bleaching to render it fit for consumption. These unnatural processes actually reduce the vitamins and antioxidants which are so integral to the oil's benefits in the first place.

Consumers who turn to coconut oil as a substitute need to understand that oil that is unnaturally processed is simply not as beneficial. Only oil that has been cold pressed and distilled by centrifuge (rather than by high heat, or worse) retains the nutrients which make it so beneficial to your health. If you know where to look, you can now find the best variety of what experts have long considered the healthiest dietary oil in the world.

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