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high quality coconut oil

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Hey everybody I am new to paleo and am starting soon. I have a question about coconut oil. I have been doing some research on the internet about finding some high quality CO. Tropical traditions gold label was one that kept showing up but then I read somewhere that its flavor is not very good. I do not mind to spend some good money for a high quality brand. So basically what I am asking is what are some of the brands you have used? Which ones were good (tasted good, looked good etc.)? Which brands would you recommend? Not recommend? Thanks for any help.

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on July 20, 2013
at 03:52 PM

I shopped around a lot and tried lots of brands before finally settling on the vitacost product.

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on June 18, 2013
at 01:56 PM

Nutiva is indeed the brand I buy as it is sold at my Costco by the metric-tub load for just around $20. It's not bad, not bad at all. Has a nice, mild, flavor.

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on June 18, 2013
at 12:26 PM

For cooking purposes, it's important to note that refined coconut oil (generally) has a higher smoke point than virgin coconut oil. Something to consider if you live in a tiny, mostly windowless apartment (like me :P)

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on June 18, 2013
at 09:12 AM

If you're going to put it on your skin / face, get the tropical traditions gold label. For cooking at a high temperature, maybe go for a more refined coconut oil with a sweeter taste. (Why not both?)

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on June 18, 2013
at 09:11 AM

I find the trader joes to be too refined for my tastes. It smells like sweet cookies instead of coconuts.

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on July 20, 2013
at 03:35 PM

Nutiva is very good, but I started buying Vitacost coconut oil. It seems just as good and is a few bucks cheaper.

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on July 20, 2013
at 03:52 PM

I shopped around a lot and tried lots of brands before finally settling on the vitacost product.

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on June 18, 2013
at 07:12 AM

Trader joes is my favorite. Tastes like the $15 jars i used to get at whole foods but is $5 instead.

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on June 18, 2013
at 09:11 AM

I find the trader joes to be too refined for my tastes. It smells like sweet cookies instead of coconuts.

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on July 21, 2013
at 11:40 PM

Wild Mountain Paleo (if I recall the name correctly) has quite a few options listed (google, or will post link when I find it). The coconut oils there look truly high quality.

Plastic storage is quite dubious, as it is likely that all modern plastics leach plasticizers (estrogenic compounds like BPA, but often one of hundreds or thousands of different variations of it), and I have never personally enjoyed coconut oil that's been stored in plastic for any length of time. So, if money is Bo object, I would very much definitely seek out glass storage.

I would purchase (less odor/taste of coconut) centrifuge-extracted coconut oil or cold-extracted virgin coconut oil (more flavor/smell of coconut).

This (or was it a different Wild Mountain Paleo link?): http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com/category/centrifuge-extracted-extra-virgin-coconut-oil.php is the highest quality site I've found thusfar selling coconut oils. They appear to offer small samples of the centrifuged vs. Cold-pressed oils and claim to have won a bunch of taste awards. So, if time allowed, I would order samples, and probably even just buy a jar if time was short. They look very high quality.

Green Pastures (have not tried) and Dr. Bronner's (have tried this - currently use for cheapness and high quality -can attest to fairly high quality.) virgin cold-pressed oils would be second choice/tier.

In general, if cold-processing and processing standards look high, and glass storage (really the 1st or second-most important factor for me, as lipids cause lots of plasticizer leaching, and plastic container-stored items often make me feel I'll) is good, a gallon or more of coconut oil will also cost far less per fl. oz. than smaller bottles. They may be worth buying in bulk if you intend to consume a good amount or just want to stock up (as long as it is kept from being contaminates, coconut oil keeps a very long time).


There are (as far as I know) two types of coconut oil that are minimally processed: virgin coconut oil, and centrifuge-extracted coconut oil. Often, "cold-pressed oils can be subjected to high heat from the heat generated by the pressure of "pressing" itself, so coconut oil companies often emphasize an overal temperature not exceeding 110 F or so.

I consume raw coconut oil in 1-2tbsp a day as a body/digestive/immunity cleanser and also use it for oil pulling and pan-cooking (which I try to keep to a lower temperature).

I haven't ever enjoyed coconut oils with plastic storage so disyrust what looks to be plastic storage in Tropical Traditions' coconut oils.

The Wilderness Family Naturals, or the other options on the Wild Mountain Paleo Market, look best to me and are definitely what I would choose given proper budget allowance for them.


Finally, as mentioned, coconut oil is not, strictly speaking, necessary. But, I consider high-quality fats, & the antiviral/antifungal/antimicrobial properties to be a crucial part of my Paleo diet (which is mostly comprised of high-quality fats & raw grass-fed dairy + some grass-fed beef & pastured, soy-free eggs & fresh farmers' greens at the moment).

So, coconut oil is fairly cheap for lots of benefit, and good for energy (saturated MCT fats). But, your own research may be useful in further understanding/selecting coconut oils.

Grass-fed ghee (also stores very, very long) or raw butter (can easily be made from raw cream by hand with a glass jar) are other potentially useful fats to stock up on for a Paleo diet.


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on July 21, 2013
at 10:34 PM

For sauteing, coconut is so much better than olive. I have not heated olive oil in years. Fats can be healthy, but fats past the smoke point are NEVER healthy and olive's point is low, . I recommend both. Wild game has a fat profile that is replicated if you intake roughly equal amounts of olive and coconut oils (except for O6/O3 ratio). Granted I myself saute' in lard (won't get tallow until we get the next steer with the meat club), but my wife does most of the cooking and she refuses to use lard. She uses coconut all the time.

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on July 21, 2013
at 07:25 PM

Coconut oil is not necessary. Go with a good quality olive oil instead.

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on July 21, 2013
at 03:44 PM

I like Nutiva. I buy it direct from their website by the gallon.

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on July 19, 2013
at 04:26 PM

Very happy with Nutiva, but it is expensive, 59 to 65 dollars for one gallon. Mild flavor and very nice aroma, as others have mentioned. I just finished one gallon and I asked my wife to buy the Costco tub, much cheaper apparently, but probably not best to add to your yogurt.

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on June 18, 2013
at 09:32 AM

If you have the patience for it, it's cool to extract your own from fresh coconuts. I put them in ziplock bags then crack them open with a loud BANG using an 8lb weight.. crude, yet, effective / fun. Grab the meat / coconut water from 3 or 4 coconuts, blend on HIGH for a few minutes, squeeze through a cheesecloth, leave it out for a couple days to ferment, refrigerate and scoop off the solid layer, heat it up and pour off the oil layer, and you're good to go. You don't get a whole lot of yield, but, it feels good to make your own.

If you're especially crafty, you get a free set of zen bowls. http://dragonsnbottlecaps.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/how-to-make-coconut-zen-bowls/

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on June 18, 2013
at 07:41 AM

Yep, some of the unrefined/virgin CO can have a strong/distinct smell & flavour, not to the liking of some people, i am one of them.

So you may not want to spend too much money on one without being able to sample first (if possible).

Generally the Refined versions have a 'weaker' smell & taste, the refined versions can still be organic & cold pressed.

I went to an organic refined cold pressed CO for a bit. Now i just use MCT oil occasionally, which has zero smell/taste & is liquid (even when refrigerated). The MCT oil i have is derived from coconut oil, i mention this because i read that some MCT oils may not be derived from coconut or palm oil, but possibly be derived from something 'strange' like Soy?

ps. i have also read anecdotes that some people react badly to unrefined CO, but are ok with refined CO.

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on June 18, 2013
at 07:06 AM

People talk a lot about Nutiva's. I haven't use it, though. I use the one that is sold in my nearest organic food's store, "Bio Planète" Huile de Coco... to me it's pretty good! but it's expensive...

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on June 18, 2013
at 01:56 PM

Nutiva is indeed the brand I buy as it is sold at my Costco by the metric-tub load for just around $20. It's not bad, not bad at all. Has a nice, mild, flavor.

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