The popularity of coconut oil has sky-rocketed in recent years. However, there’s lots of different kinds of coconut oil, so sometimes it’s hard to understand exactly what you’re getting.
When you walk through the aisles of a grocery store and scan the shelves reviewing each brand of coconut oil, every jar will have slightly different descriptions on the labels. Some brands have chosen to highlight the fact that the oil inside is unrefined, sometimes that it is a superfood, or perhaps that it is cold pressed. Some are organic and some are not.
There is one big difference between the types of coconut oils, and this one you will see over and over again on the labels: whether are the oil is “virgin” or not. Unrefined oil is typically called out using the word “virgin” to mean “the grade of coconut oil that is not refined”.
More interestingly, within this particular description, you may notice that some coconut oils are described as extra virgin and some are described as just virgin coconut oil. So what’s the difference between these grades?
Is extra virgin coconut oil better than virgin coconut oil?