Missing out on the ‘true’ coconut oil benefits, are you? Find out the difference between Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Oil
Over the years, coconut has been our best friend for good health and nutritious foodstuff that is good for oral health, heart, skin, etc. Coming from the family of coconut kernels, it brings its divine freshness and virtue all packed up inside. However, refined and fragrant tropical oils, destroy the real essence of the natural coconut oil while processing it under tough heated environments. Not every coconut oil is the same, depending upon the type of material, extraction methodology, and compositions, the oil’s structural consistency varies. So the next time you need coconut oil, make sure you buy Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Why? Never heard about Virgin Coconut Oil?
For many, coconut oil may not be foreign, but virgin coconut might sound a bit unfamiliar. The term “virgin” is not simply added by any company or organization, just so as to increase its sales and generate more profits, as most of us must have assumed until now. So what exactly this thing is and how it differs from the normal coconut oil? Let’s take a look at the facts:
What is Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)?
While enhancing natural beauty and providing the body with the utmost care it needs, nature cannot be compromised. Aligning with this notion, the VCO preserves the virtues of the coconut milk and does not let it get harmed by the heating processes that normal organic coconut oil undergoes. Cold-processed technology, as the name suggests, exterminates the need of heating elements in the coconut milk extraction process and ensures its natural goodness remains intact.
This the cold-processed and unrefined VCO, is a boon not only for your skin, but also your heart, blood pressure and blood sugar levels too. The antioxidants’ richness and the nourishment of nature are a ‘too-good-to-be-true’ combination perfectly packed up in a single product.
6 Facts You Need to Know About Virgin Coconut Oil vs Normal Coconut Oil
1. Method of Extraction
Normal Coconut Oil is made from dried coconut kernel, called Copra. The copra is pressed, and then the extracted oil is refined, decolorized and bleached, making it suitable for consumption but extracting all the natural values.
Whereas, VCO is extracted from the fresh milk of coconut using cold processed and is left un-refined. In this case, the coconuts are shredded, and coconut milk is obtained after crushing the coconut meat. The coconut milk is further processed in centrifuge machine to retain the coconut oil in its purest form. Owing to its high spinning speed, the milk is further separated into water and oil. This oil obtained is called the Extra VCO. We, at Happy Grove, process the milk furthermore times to get clear oil and as no heat is involved in the entire process the natural constituents, aroma, and antioxidants of the oil are maintained.
The energy content of both Virgin and normal coconut oil is the same. As a matter of fact, one tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories and 13.6 grams of fat, of which 11.8 are saturated. Most of the fats in organic coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides, which the body readily uses as energy. But as normal coconut oil is hydrogenated, it may contain some trans fat. The VCO provides a clean-chit! It is rich in medium-chain fatty acids, has good cholesterol and almost negligible amounts of trans fatty acids.
Both normal and VCO looks almost identical, although the former one may have a little bit more color. Also, the VCO is non-greasy and is lighter in viscosity. The organic VCO for skin absorbs immediately into it and ensures effective moisturization and nutrition.
Also read: Virgin Coconut Oil for Skin Care
VCO has better aroma and taste as it is extracted from fresh coconut milk. Also, it is not refined, and hence all the natural goodness of the coconut is being preserved, including the high content of vitamin E and several other minerals. VCO boasts a luscious, tropical coconut scent and flavor while normal oil has artificial scent and flavor.
5. Health Benefits
When it comes to health, ditching all chemicals is the best option. The cold-processed VCO has a greater antioxidant punch, and stronger coconut taste as fresh coconut milk is used during the formation, and no heat is allowed to intervene. The oil is good for the heart as it helps in sustaining the cholesterol levels and helps in maintaining hygiene to prevent rashes, allergies, fungal infections, etc. Boost your good cholesterol and fight back against heart diseases, blood sugar, and blood pressure issues.
Also read: 31 Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil
6. The ‘Bonus Factor’
The shelf life of VCO is greater than any other oil. So whenever you wish, it will be ready for you to use. Forget the issues of the oil getting spoilt!
When the truth behind the two variants stands unveiled in front of you, it is now time, to make a choice between extra benefits or extra normality. With us, you can order the freshness and goodness directly from the heaven of Kuttiady farms and enjoy the surplus benefits offered by the 100% natural and organic VCO. With this, we rest it upon you to decide which is your go-to coconut oil- Normal Coconut Oil or The Happy Grove Extra Virgin Coconut Oil?