1. Extraction method
Regular coconut oil is made from dried coconut kernel called ‘copra’. The copra is pressed, extracted oil is refined, decolourized and bleached. This process makes it suitable for consumption but extracts all the natural values. On the other hand, virgin coconut oil is extracted from the fresh milk of coconut using cold process which maintains all the natural constituents, aroma, and antioxidants of the oil.
The energy content of both virgin coconut oil and regular oil is the same. However, since normal coconut oil is hydrogenated, it may contain some trans-fat. But virgin coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids, has good cholesterol and almost negligible amounts of trans fatty acids.
Though both normal and virgin coconut oil look similar, the former one may have a bit more colour. Also, virgin coconut oil is non-greasy and is lighter in viscosity.
As virgin coconut oil is extracted from coconut milk, it has better aroma and taste as compared to the regular one. Also, virgin coconut oil has a luscious, tropical coconut scent and flavour. On the other hand, the normal one has artificial scent and flavour.