What's The Real Difference Between Refined Vs Unrefined Coconut Oil?

Have you ever found yourself mid-aisle in a store, puzzled about refined and unrefined oils? You're not alone. The miracles hidden in coconut oil reveal it as an essential ingredient in holistic skincare and cooking. But what happens when coconut oil is refined? Do the changes make it better or egregious? This article will sort out the contrasting qualities of each, so you can zero in on what's best for you.

Nutiva, a company esteemed for their organic coconut oil, says the differences between the two are in their extraction. Unrefined or virgin coconut oil is pressed from the meat of the coconut. Coconut oil in this form requires no extra heat (often labeled "cold-pressed"), it has the authentic smell and flavor, and has a lower smoke point. Refined coconut oil can withstand higher temps because its refining process removes unwanted elements to better prepare it for cooking (via Healthline). According to Nutiva, the processed form of coconut oil has a neutral scent and taste, can be cooked up to 400 degrees Farenheit, and is extracted from dried coconut pulp.

There are bundled benefits of using either form

Perks of using coconut oil abound regardless of the kind you choose. To see results, this versatile substance can be used topically or ingested. NetMeds hails coconut oil as a salve used to heal psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions for centuries. Coconut oil is also useful in oil-pulling to clean your teeth. It is useful in preventing the fungal disease candidiasis and also assists with weight loss.

Wellness Mama writes that coconut oil can topically reduce the appearance of cellulite (life hack) and act as an anti-aging moisturizer. It is even great to help with digestive issues. The Art of Simple mentions coconut oil can be used to bake homemade cornbread, muffins, or granola. Additionally, A Taste of Home merits coconut oil as a brain-health and energy booster.

When it comes to the mid-aisle dilemma, it depends on your plans for use. If you prefer the scent and flavor, virgin coconut oil is your go-to. Pure oils are also best for use on the skin. For baking or cooking with high heat, you may want the refined oil. Either way you'll be pleased, because the values are endless.