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Are there different types of coconut oil?

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Coconut oil comes in two forms: refined and unrefined, or virgin. Refined coconut oil comes from dried coconut. The oil is taken out under high heat and then goes through a bleaching and deodorizing process. It doesn't smell like coconut -- it has a neutral odor. In the kitchen, you can use it for sautéing, stir-frying, and baking.

Unrefined coconut oil comes from fresh coconut fruit. The process doesn't involve high temperatures, which is why you might see it called "cold-pressed." Virgin coconut oil smells like coconuts. You can use it to bake and cook, just like refined coconut oil, but it's best for dishes cooked at lower temperatures.

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Coconut Oil -- What Is It All About?"

Dermatology World: "The Pantry as Medicine Cabinet."

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Alternative, Complementary, and Forgotten Remedies for Atopic Dermatitis."

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition : "Antioxidant capacity and phenolic acids of virgin coconut oil."

Journal of Dermatological Science : "Recent advances in atopic dermatitis and psoriasis: Genetic background, barrier function, and therapeutic targets."

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Scalp Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Coconut Oil -- What Is It All About?"

Dermatology World: "The Pantry as Medicine Cabinet."

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Alternative, Complementary, and Forgotten Remedies for Atopic Dermatitis."

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition : "Antioxidant capacity and phenolic acids of virgin coconut oil."

Journal of Dermatological Science : "Recent advances in atopic dermatitis and psoriasis: Genetic background, barrier function, and therapeutic targets."

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Scalp Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 29, 2019

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