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Is this coconut oil "virgin"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 11, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Hello everyone,

I have been using this coconut oil (see pictures). It does not say anywhere if its, virgin extra virgin hydrogenated etc.

It only says it is "natural".

Since it doesn't list any "trans fat", I'm assuming it should be ok? Also, it is quite solid but partially melted (I'm in Australia and it is spring over here so home temperature is at least 25??C).

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on October 18, 2013
at 02:35 AM

There's another difference between "virgin" and non-virgin coconut oil. For months I was cooking fried eggs in a steel pan with coconut oil. Half the time they would stick to the pan, the other half they would slide right out. I wondered if it was the cooking temperature or other factors, but then realized it had to do with the kind of coconut oil I used. When I cook with "virgin" coconut oil, the pan becomes nonstick, and things slide right out, but if I use "natural" coconut oil of the same brand, the eggs stick like glue to the pan. This is another benefit of virgin oil.

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on December 12, 2011
at 12:39 AM

3.55 australian dollars for 500ml. Looks cheap indeed, it was the only brand they had though :\ I havent really used it much (bought it almost two months ago) as I mostly use ghee to cook.

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Yeah, same thing, I think the brown color would come from impurities in the oil, I'm assuming bits of coconut husk. I don't think that is necessarily harmful or anything, but the oil would taste a lot more of coconut than cold-pressed.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:35 PM

do you remember how much it cost? out of interest...

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:21 PM

that may mean that it has not been heated, deodorised or bleached, but who knows for sure. May be best to give them a call to get more info. i also wonder about the colour when melted, see my comment to UncleLongHair's answer....

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:12 PM

....also on the label i see it reads "Natural golden brown when in melted state", now all of the oils i have seen in health food stores melt to a clear state, not golden brown?

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:18 AM

This smells quite a lot.

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on December 11, 2011
at 01:08 PM

I don't think there is really an "official" definition of "virgin" coconut oil. However, what I look for is oil that has been cold-pressed, without using heat or chemicals. I find that this oil has a milder smell and taste, which means it is more verrsatile. I buy the stuff from Tropical Traditions, and when I cook with it, while I am cooking there is a coconut smell, but no smell or flavor remains on food. It also tastes really good and "pure". I believe this kind of oil is more nutritious.

The label you photogrqphed says it has a "natural smoked and burnt coconut smell". To me this means that this oil is not cold-pressed and the oil was probably extracted with heat. I don't know offhand if heating coconut oil to a high temp damages or breaks it down in some way, but I think this proess would include cooked and burned bits of coconut shell in the oil. This would probably give it a more coconutty and cooked/burned flavor, which is not as versatile since you would notice the smell and flavor a lot more.

If possible, get your hands on some of the good stuff from Tropical Traditions and I think you'll notice a difference.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Yeah, same thing, I think the brown color would come from impurities in the oil, I'm assuming bits of coconut husk. I don't think that is necessarily harmful or anything, but the oil would taste a lot more of coconut than cold-pressed.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:12 PM

....also on the label i see it reads "Natural golden brown when in melted state", now all of the oils i have seen in health food stores melt to a clear state, not golden brown?

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on December 11, 2011
at 10:20 AM

A more important question is if it matters. Coconut oil is heat stable, not like olive oil where it does make a difference. Sure we don't want it heavily processed, but the virgin thing is overhyped.

D2e9d0b68c0f5eb62fbdba75bb2bbae2

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on October 18, 2013
at 02:35 AM

There's another difference between "virgin" and non-virgin coconut oil. For months I was cooking fried eggs in a steel pan with coconut oil. Half the time they would stick to the pan, the other half they would slide right out. I wondered if it was the cooking temperature or other factors, but then realized it had to do with the kind of coconut oil I used. When I cook with "virgin" coconut oil, the pan becomes nonstick, and things slide right out, but if I use "natural" coconut oil of the same brand, the eggs stick like glue to the pan. This is another benefit of virgin oil.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 11, 2011
at 09:09 AM

i'm guessing this is fairly cheap stuff?
& that if it was Virgin, Extra Virgin, Organic or Unrefined, then it would say so.

Generally i have found that the Virgin, Extra Virgin, & Unrefined coconut oils all have a noticeable smell (and taste), personally i don't like the smell/taste.
& the Refined, non-virgin organic oils hardly smell at all.

an Australia example is Melrose; http://www.melrosehealth.com.au/health_products/Gluten_Free_Organic_Health_Food/Coconut-Oil.aspx

The melrose organic unrefined virgin cold-pressed smells, whereas the melrose organic refined cold-pressed hardly smells at all in the jar & if you put it on your skin there is zero smell.

22fd82abf435768244f8d074430cd1e6

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:18 AM

This smells quite a lot.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:21 PM

that may mean that it has not been heated, deodorised or bleached, but who knows for sure. May be best to give them a call to get more info. i also wonder about the colour when melted, see my comment to UncleLongHair's answer....

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on December 11, 2011
at 08:15 AM

I think that generally, the organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil would be announced in large letters on the label. After all, it would help explain a slightly higher price and be a big drawing card for the consumer. Personally, I do not purchase any unless it meets those requirements.

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:43 AM

I'm living in East Timor at the moment and the locally made coconut oil is quite cheap and good. $7 for 500ml of Virgin Coconut Oil in a nice bottle or $3 for some other stuff in a re-used bottle. Heading back to Aus tomorrow, if you like I can bring an extra bottle and post it to you cost price.

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