Fractionated coconut oil sucks... just because it is not as natural as virgin coconut oil?
No way! We can't simply base on such fact and say that fractionated coconut oil is bad. That's outright unfair to fractionated coconut oil, don't you think?
I would say each has its own benefits on health and skin, and in other aspects. But whether their benefits apply to you or not will depend on what you're looking for. Why not we compare their properties side by side first so that you can make a better decision on which one to choose for your needs?
|Properties||Fractionated Coconut Oil (aka MCT oil, Liquid Coconut Oil)||Virgin Coconut Oil|
|Type||Refined, man-made||Unrefined, natural|
|Content||100% medium-chain fatty acids||Less than 1% short-, 64% medium- and 35% long-chain fatty acids|
|Also known as...||MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil or liquid coconut oil||Unrefined coconut oil or Extra-virgin coconut oil|
|Degree of saturation||100% saturated||92% saturated, 8% unsaturated|
|Melting point||14 to 25 °F (-10 to -4 °C)||76 °F (24 °C)|
|Smoke point||320 °F (160 °C)||350 °F (177 °C)|
|Color in liquid state||Colorless||Colorless|
|Color in solid state||Snowy white||Snowy white|
|Odor||Odorless||Scent of coconut|
|Uses||Skin care products, hair care, massage oil, medicine, special diet for athletes||Skin care, hair care, food for health benefits|
|Shelf life||Several months to 5 years||2 years|
It seems that the only common characteristic between fractionated and virgin coconut oil is their color.
High quality fractionated coconut oil should look colorless. Low quality may appear yellowish due to the moldy impurities or other colored contaminants not completely removed in the manufacturing process.
Other than that, everything else is different. And their differences mean that their ...read more