Coconut oil is the darling of “clean” eating. Proponents claim this saturate fat has been malign for years and that it’s ideal for frying, baking and supplemental energy in smoothies. But, if you want to jump on this bandwagon, buying coconut oil isn’t as easy as you may think. You’re face with choices, including jars mark “refine” and “unrefine.” Both versions offer benefits, but you’ll notice a difference in taste, appearance and nutritive value. The difference of virgin coconut oil & normal coconut oil
Refined Coconut Oil
Refined coconut oil is “drily milled,” meaning the coconuts have been bake prior to the oil being extract. Then the oil is “bleached” to kill off microbes and remove any dust particles and insects. Bleaching doesn’t involve a household cleaner, but rather a process by which the oil is pass through a bleaching clay for filtration.
The result is a clear, mild-tasting oil. It’s perfect for beauty applications, such as a hair conditioning, and for people who aren’t a fan of a bold coconut flavor in their foods.
Unrefined Coconut Oil
Unrefine coconut oil undergoes a process called “wet milling.” Oil is extract from fresh coconuts, spun down in a centrifuge and undergoes no bleaching. This makes unrefined, also known as “virgin” or “pure,” the least processed form of coconut oil available.
With less refinement, you get a bigger coconut flavor. Plus, you also receive more nutrients. When coconut oil is refine, the baking and bleaching reduce the number of polyphenols and medium-chain fatty acids available. These compounds are what offer the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits; thus, unrefined coconut oil may be better if you’re taking it to boost your health. Refined coconut oil isn’t devoid of these nutrients, it just has fewer.
Refined coconut oil has a smoke point of 400 degrees F, meaning it’s more suitable for frying. But, it will impart a coconut-y flavor into most recipes.