Traditionally coconut oil was produced by
slowly cooking coconut milk over very low heat. This produces virgin
coconut oil similar to the cold pressed oil. The slow heat do not
destroy the vitamins and other goodness in the oil.
When the western technology of oil
extraction was introduced to extract the coconut oil in bulk, the raw
material used was dried coconut flesh (copra) and the method was the RBD
(refined, bleached and deodorized) method. This method is to heat up the
coconut flesh to 300 degrees to rid of afltoxins associated with copra
and chemicals added to deodorize. The resulting oil is broken down and
lost all the intrinsic values and gain instead bad publicity from the
After three decades of bad publicity
received due to its saturated fat content, coconut oil is now again in
the limelight but with good reviews because more recent research has
revealed some startling facts. They have shown that not all saturated
fats are alike. Now with new methods in biotechnology, coconut oil
extraction has been refined to keep the benefits.
Virgin coconut oil produced by biotechnology
method is of high quality with clear white color, compared to RBD
coconut oil, which is slightly yellow due to fairly high processing
temperature. Moreover, this method is free from preservative,
pesticides, heat and chemical treatment. The saturated content of
coconut oil is very hard to oxidize, therefore does not go rancid in
coconut oil (VCO) is produced from fresh coconut flesh.
not pass through RBD process.
without the use of chemical and heat.
the vitamin and antioxidant content.
contain afiatoxin which is associated with copra.
lauric acid, an acid that naturally found in mother's milk that
helps develop and strengthen the immune system of newborn baby.
medium chain fatty acids easily digested by the body and converted