What Is The Difference Between Cold Pressed, Expeller Pressed, Unrefined, Refined, and Virgin Oils?
We only use unrefined cold pressed oils here at Beatnik Naturals but do you know why? Do you know what the difference is between refined and unrefined? Cold pressed and expeller pressed? Extra virgin and virgin?
If these labels confuse you then read on. Here I’ll break it down so you can be sure you’re choosing the correct oils for yourself and understand why some companies choose to use certain types of oils.
Virgin/Extra Virgin – These classifications are only standard in the olive oil industry and indicate how many times an oil has been pressed. Any extra virgin or virgin claims on bottles of other types of oils are just marketing terms and don’t really mean anything. Extra virgin olive oil means the oil was extracted from the first pressing. Virgin olive oil means the oil has been extracted from the second pressing.
Refined – Refined means that the oil has been extracted and/or “purified” by using some type of chemical or high heat process. These processes produce more oil than other methods and refined oils are much cheaper. Oils are refined to filter and remove harmful contaminants, bleach, and/or deodorize the oil. It also results in oil with a longer shelf life, but the process of refining oils degrades the oil, removing its phytonutrients and antioxidants.
Cold Pressed – Cold pressing is a process of extracting oil through pressing and grinding the nut, fruit, or seed. The temperature cannot rise above 120°F (49°C). Cold pressed oils retain their aroma, nutrients, and flavor. These oils are also more delicate and should be stored in dark bottles away from heat and light. Cold pressed oils are the most nutrient dense and beneficial for skin care and consumption, but come with a higher price tag.
Expeller Pressed – Expeller pressing is a method similar to cold pressing that produces a little more heat. These oils are better choices than refined oils.
Unrefined – Unrefined oils are extracted through low heat methods (cold or expeller pressed), without any bleaching or deodorizing.