Use Unrefined Coconut Oil As Much As Possible
Unrefined coconut oil is superior in more ways than one. Its unadulterated condition makes it a stronger ally against all kinds of diseases. It’s what nature intended it to be, really.
But why refine coconut oil in the first place, you might ask? Well, it has a lot to do with mass production. A classic example of quality versus quantity.
It is a fact that the best coconut oils produced are made form fresh coconuts. Problem is, the white meat or flesh of a newly opened coconut will spoil in just days. The solution? Dry them.
Sun-drying is a traditional way of dehydrating coconut meat. Dehydrated coconut flesh or Copra can remain usable for weeks if not months. You see, the oil is actually extracted from the meat.
But because the dried flesh is full of contaminants, the extracted oil is really not ready for human consumption, yet. Now comes the refining process.
Refined, Bleached and Deodorized (RBD) oil is the result of the refining procedure. This type of oil is devoid of natural antioxidant capabilities depending on the degree of refinement. This is why unrefined is the only way to go if you want the complete set of coconut oil benefits.
But if you prefer the odorless and/or tasteless processed variety, it’s fine. Even at its reasonably adulterated state, coconut oil is still much healthier than many of the alternative. Some people, understandably, simply don’t like the aroma or flavor of coconuts. It’s just individual preference.