Virgin Coconut Oil

Written by Josh Dodes
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The term "virgin coconut oil" suggests a level of purity and superiority that lets you know that you are getting only the best. Most consumers assume that oil designated as such has met certain standards for nutritional value. Many assume that it has been produced using only the most natural methods.

Unfortunately, the reality is altogether different. As it happens, in the coconut oil industry, there is no recognized definition or standard for oil to be designated as "virgin." This allows virtually any manufacturer to use the word, even when the processes by which their oil is created actually robs it of much of its nutritional strength.

The Truth About Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil must go through two major steps in its production. First, coconut milk must be extracted from fresh coconut meat, and second, coconut oil must be distilled from coconut milk by removing the substantial water content. Sadly, many oils bearing the mantle "virgin" have actually been produced via methods which include refinement, bleaching, and deodorizing, processes which add unnecessary chemicals and reduce critical nutrients.

Truly virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed from the coconut meat and distilled using a centrifuge. These processes eliminate the need for unnatural chemicals and retain the full nutritional value of the original oil. With benefits as extraordinary as fully natural coconut oil has been shown to provide, why would you settle for anything less than the real thing?

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