Virgin coconut oil, depending on its method of extraction, can be exposed to heat. Raw coconut oil is never exposed to heat.
So not all virgin coconut oil is raw, but all raw coconut oil is virgin!
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There are several types of coconut oil on the market. The common labels are refined vs. unrefined. Unrefined coconut oil is usually called virgin, or pure coconut oil. Others describe their oil through its method of extraction; cold-pressed, expeller-pressed or centrifuged. Take note that expeller pressed and cold-pressed oils don’t necessarily mean “raw”. These oils can be heated to high temperatures during the extraction process.
Virgin coconut oil can be pure, like raw coconut oil, but raw coconut oil goes through the minimum amount of processing.
When we say processing, aside from the extraction process, it also means how many steps, machines, or containers coconut oil goes through before you get the final product.
Raw and virgin coconut oil can both be pure, but they differ in their processing. Virgin coconut oil can be exposed to heat and undergo several steps during processing. Remember, the less processing a food undergoes, the higher the more nutrition it retains. Processing removes and destroys nutrients. Raw coconut oil is the purest form of coconut oil you can get, allowing you to receive the maximum benefits it has to offer.