No. In oil trading, seed oils are considered to be those from annual crops. Common and predominant ones used in North America are Soybean, Corn, Canola, Safflower, Sesame seed, and Sunflower seed oil.
What are the differences between commercial (copra) oil and premium grade coconut oil?
On most accounts, premium grade coconut oils are fresh, natural, and wholesome. The oil is recovered within hours after opening the coconuts while copra oil takes at least 1.5 months. Because it is unrefined, it contains natural vitamin E and naturally occurring antioxidants that are normally destroyed by refining or heating in other processes. Premium Grade oil is more expensive than refined or crude oil as most premium oils use only selected raw materials, and experience lower production yield as there is only one pressing.
What are the attributes of coconut oil?
Coconut oil is one of the most stable oils and is highly resistant to rancidity. It is stable because of its high proportion of saturated fats. (It is the unsaturated fats in the common seed oils that are easily oxidized and susceptible to rancidity.) Coconut oil is mild on the skin and is widely used in the tropics to protect both skin and hair from the harsh effect of the sun. Film forming qualities allow it to act as a skin moisturizer and protects against moisture loss. Its natural detergency and lathering capabilities give a double purpose as a cleansing agent for soaps and shampoos.
The southern states of India; Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh accounts for about 80% of the coconuts produced in India. Tamil Nadu is one of the major contributors of coconuts. Amongst the various ways to consume coconuts, cold pressed coconut oil is the best ways to do it.
Health Benefits of Cold Pressed Coconut Oil:
The first procedure to get cold pressed coconut oil is to collect full grown coconuts and spread them in a huge space. The matured coconut flesh is taken out of the shell and is left to dry in the sun.
How is cold pressed coconut oil made?
The coconuts should dry in the hot sun for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours. It should dry till all the water content is drained and becomes a copra (kopparai thengai). Once the copras are ready, they are put into the wooden press. The machine slowly grinds the copra coconuts to pulp them into pieces and it releases the first form of oil.