What is Fractionated Coconut Oil?
If you are like us, it has been awhile since high school chemistry class. So you may not be familiar with the term “fractionated”. Wikipedia defines the fractionation process quite well:
The separation of a mixture into fractions according to the gradient composition. Helpful right?!
Put more simply, the fractionation process is one in which a mixture is heated up, and then cooled and condensed so that producers can separate out different compositions from the original mixture.
In Terms of Fractionated Coconut Oil
So we now know what the general process is. How does it apply to fractionated coconut oil? Great question!
In the most basic sense, a coconut oil that has been fractionated, is in essence a FRACTION of a “full” coconut oil. This means a portion of the oil has actually been removed during the fractionation process. This process involves separating the parts of the oil that melt and evaporate at different heating levels.
According to organicfacts.net – the fractionated coconut oil is oil that has had the long-chain triglycerides removed. This makes the oil more saturated and makes it so only medium-chain triglycerides remain in the oil.
In terms that are easier to understand, scientific studies generally show that long-chain triglycerides are bad fatty acids. This is in contract to medium chain triglycerides which have a ton of great health benefits.
Fractionated coconut oil is superior since it ONLY has the super health related medium-chain triglycerides and fatty acids.
Therefore, fractionated coconut oil will be a lot more stable and will also have a much longer shelf life.
Benefits and Characteristics of Fractionated Coconut Oil
As stated above, one of the great benefits of buying a fractionated coconut oil is the almost infinite shelf-life. These types of coconut oils will not spoil assuming they are kept in a cool dark place. Unlike other coconut oils, fractionated coconut oil is stored in a liquid form, and is much lighter that other oils. Also, it is described as not very greasy or an oil that would stain.
You will also notice that while other types of coconut oil are solid at room temperature, fractionated coconut oil is actually a clear liquid at room temperatures.
These characteristics make fractionated coconut oil great for industrial uses, but also for home uses such as moisturizers or cooking.
Be aware that since the fractionation process is another step in producing the oil, fractionated coconut oil is often more expensive.