Virgin coconut oil (VCO), also known as, is pure, cold-pressed coconut oil that has not been refined. Unlike coconut oil, the unrefined version is not bleached or deodorized and is non- . It has a light coconut flavor as compared to the strong taste of coconut oil.
VCO has a very good taste and smell since it is derived from fresh coconuts and is subjected to very low heat and sunlight. It is also not refined. This preserves all the natural goodness of this oil, including its high content of vitamin E and minerals. These nutrients are otherwise robbed from the ordinary coconut oil during processes like heating, filtration, refining, and bleaching, which are done to make it colorless and odorless. Furthermore, it is very effective as a moisturizing agent. Its antioxidant properties are far better than those of normal coconut oil.
Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil
Since it is not subjected to heat (or even if it is a very low heat), or sunlight, and is extracted from fresh (non-dried) coconuts with a different process of extraction, VCO is certainly richer in benefits than ordinary coconut oil. It is higher in antioxidants (which are nil or negligible in ordinary coconut oil), taste, and fragrance than the refined version.