What is coconut oil ?
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Coconut oil is a vegetable fatty oil, which is derived from copra (dry coconut kernels). The oil contains various lipids, acids, saturated fats and other important elements. Contrary to popular belief, this oil is not dangerous to your health, although it should be consumed sparingly. It is used almost everywhere: from your kitchen to your bathroom. But we will tell you more about its uses later.
There are two main methods of extracting the oil from the coconut. The first one requires the use of a hot press to extract the oil from the freshly dried pulp. The second one involves the use of a cold press.
The hot press method is more efficient, as it allows you to get almost all of the oil out. However, it destroys a lot of the good qualities of the oil. The cold press method is way less efficient, as you only get about 10% of all the oil you can get. Nevertheless, this method helps save the useful properties of coconut oil. Which is why the oil obtained from the second method is significantly more expensive than the other one.
Still, if you are reading this article, you must be aware of what you are going for. Therefore, without further ado, here is how you make coconut oil without using heat.
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