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'Coconut oil' a choice for a healthy diet

Rebinson P.L.
Rebinson P.L.
October 06, 2022
'Coconut oil' a choice for a healthy diet

Coconut oil is an edible oil obtained from the meat or milk of the coconuts scientifically known as ‘Cocos nucifera’. It is mainly used for cooking purposes and then for certain manufacturing processes.

Coconut oil is supposed to have originated from Asian tropical regions, where the coconut palm trees are abundant and it is reportedly in use for more than 4000 years.

There are different types of coconut oil such as virgin coconut oil, refined coconut oil, unrefined coconut oil, organic coconut oil, RBD coconut oil, etc. and among them, the main are two of them: refined and unrefined.

Refined or RBD(Refined, bleached and deodorized) coconut oil is made from copra- the dried coconut-through cold-pressing-the process used to extract oil or juice from a substance by pressing it without using any heat- and it would not have any coconut smell, while Unrefined or virgin coconut oil which would give off a fresh coconut aroma is made from fresh coconut meat by applying heat.

Both refined and unrefined coconut oils are used for cooking purposes and other manufacturing purposes such as making soap, detergent, varnish, paint, cosmetic products, etc. However, due to the high smoke point and mild flavour, refined coconut oil is better for cooking and baking purposes. And unrefined or virgin coconut oil is used to make cosmetic products and for skin and hair care.

Coconut oil is high in nutrients. It contains fat, vitamin E, sterols, manganese, iron, copper, etc. and it is considered healthy to be consumed. Normally, coconut oil can be stored for around one year without getting spoiled.

Indonesia is the largest producer of coconut oil in the world, followed by the Philippines and India which are also the largest producers of coconut and copra. The top exporter of coconut oil also is Indonesia, followed by Malaysia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, while the major importer is the United States, followed by China, Malaysia and Germany.

In India, the largest producer of coconut oil is Kerala. Other main producers are Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh which are also the largest consumers of the same in the country.

Some of the major trading markets of coconut oil in India:

Kerala (Kochi, Trichur, Aluva, Vaikom)

Karnataka (Bengaluru, Attur, Tiptur, Udupi)

Tamil Nadu (Tiruchirappalli, Muthur, Coimbatore)

Andhra Pradesh (Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Guntur)

Names of coconut oil in different Indian languages:

Hindi                  Naariyal ka tel

Tamil                  Tenkay enney

Malayalam          Velichenna

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which coconut oil is best for hair?
    'Virgin coconut oil' is considered the best for hair as the same is free from preservatives and chemicals.
  • What is cold pressed coconut oil?
    Cold pressed coconut oil is the kind of oil which is extracted without using any heat.
  • Which coconut oil is best for face?
    Virgin or unrefined coconut oil is considered the best to apply on the face.
  • Why does coconut oil freeze in winter?
    Coconut oil freezes in the winter as the same has a melting point as low as 24°C.  
Rebinson P.L.
Rebinson P.L.
Rebinson P.L. (@ebinso) is a self-published author, content marketing strategist, copywriter and editor who has been writing blogs, articles and advertising copies for various firms since completing his master's in English literature. He's dedicated to helping and guiding businesses of all sizes to achieve their desired reach and popularity.
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