Refined/unrefined, virgin/extra-virgin, cold-pressed/expeller-pressed, what does it all mean? How do you know the difference between a cheaper grade coconut oil and one that is really going to benefit you? Think of this as your guide on how to choose a quality coconut oil to get you living healthier and feeling better!
Here are four simple guidelines you want to follow when trying to choose the best coconut oil for you:
Taste & Smell
You’re not looking for a piña colada here. The taste and smell of a true coconut oil is faint and should smell like you’re cracking into a fresh coconut. If your oil has a roasted or nutty smell that means it has been heated to at least over 115 degrees, rendering it un-raw. This strips the coconut oil of a good amount of its major nutrients. Without those, what’s the point? (Protip: Skinny Coconut Oil is made with a patented Nutralock system that always keeps the oil below 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Cold-Pressed: Most every coconut oil is cold-pressed, but it’s the process leading up to that step that matters. Many companies heat the coconut to extract as much meat as possible from each one. The only way to get the most nutrients out of a cold-pressed process is to never heat the coconut over a certain threshold. That's why you want cold-processed meaning, never heated, start to finish.
- Expeller-Pressed: This is one to stay away from. They are telling you they are heating their coconuts to extract the meat, which as you know, damages the essential nutrients like medium-chain fatty acids and lauric acid- the good stuff.
Glass, glass and more glass.
Glass: As with other oils and even things like beer, you want your oil in a sealed glass jar. Glass typically doesn't transfer taste into the coconut oil and locks in the nutrients more effectively.
Plastic: Coconut oils that are sold in plastic are normally mass-produced and lower quality. Buying your coconut oil in a plastic gallon jug may be economically conscious, but not health sound. These usually have a an altered taste to them and aren't sealed as well. Additionally, the high lauric acid content of coconut oil will "eat" the plastic over time. We know you don't want that!
- Refined Coconut Oil: This oil will be tasteless, odorless and not made from fresh coconuts. Also, they are usually heated at high temperatures.
- RBD: Refined, bleached and deodorized.
- Unrefined Coconut Oil: This is where you will see the “Virgin” or Extra-Virgin” labels. Best kinds to buy for this category.
Mass Coconut Oil “Expeller”.
Why We Are Better
Skinny Coconut Oil cares greatly about all these processes. Our coconut oil is important to us, not only because it’s important to you, but we all use it everyday as well. Here's how the four simple guidelines break down:
Taste & Smell: Opening a jar oil Skinny Coconut Oil will make you feel like you just cracked open a coconut in the middle of the jungle. The slight smell of coconut, its pure white color and hint of coconut flavor ensure its quality.
Oil Extraction: Our patent-pending extraction process is unlike any other in the world. We use a dehumidifying machine that extracts the essential nutrients without heating the coconut. This process allows us to utilize all the benefits the coconut has to offer and bring them straight to you.
Container: We use a glass container to keep it as pure as possible.
Refining Process: Skinny Coconut Oil is unrefined and extra virgin. We bring you 100% raw coconut oil, extracting nothing from this amazing fruit and bringing you the healthiest and purest coconut oil on the market.
Not to pat our own back, but the highest quality coconut oil on the market today is Skinny Coconut Oil. We’ll bring the best coconut oil out there to your doorstep and we stand by our word!