Expeller vs. Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 01, 2013 at 3:09 AM

I have been using nutiva cold pressed coconut oil for a long time and I am very happy with it. Recently I bought Spectrum organic coconut oil, but it is expeller (mechanically) pressed. I know olive oil is best first cold pressed and I'm wondering if the same concept applies to coconut oil. What are the dis/advantages of each method? Should I be using one over the other? The expeller pressed one doesn't taste as good to me, but I could just be biassed out of fear it's not as good for me. What do you think?

Edit: I should also mention the spectrum brand is refined.

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on February 01, 2013
at 04:34 AM

Cold pressed is also expeller pressed in most oil extraction applications. Sometimes depending on the use of the oil and depending on the seed/nut/pulp, heat is added to the expeller to increase the amount of oil that is recovered.

This makes sense for volume, but not quality. The digestive enzymes and some heat sensitive nutrients are active when expelled oils are kept under 120 deg. F

Refining of oil is generally a hot (chemical extraction) ie... Hexane, KOH (Potassium hydroxide) or Sodium Hydroxide, which removes the nutrition.



on February 12, 2013
at 02:11 AM

If you are worried, you can always make your own coconut oil. http://ilovetraditionalfoods.blogspot.ca/2013/02/how-to-make-virgin-coconut-oil.html

I once bought the spectrum brand and returned it immediately. I forgot why I did though. Nutiva is the best brand in my opinion.

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