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LouAna Coconut Oil. Is it better then corn oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I've heard this oil is " a refined, bleached and highly processed coconut oil." But good coconut oil is too pricey for some.. And this oil at Walmart sells for less then $6 for 30 oz. It looks like a good starting point for those who are not ready to pay extra dollars if they are not ready for that yet. Can I suggest people to use this oil instead of corn or canola or other vegetable oils for cooking? Thank you.

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on April 29, 2013
at 03:40 AM

From what I understand, there are different refinement methods for coconut oil. I can see how someone would have concerns for the RBD stuff, but I believe some expeller-pressed brands have a refinement process that are similar to what the more traditional folk use.

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:31 PM

I mean the VCO from Costco.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:31 PM

How aromatic is this oil? Comparing to TJ's VCO.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:30 PM

I liked Spectrum better too. ) I need to do some work to get quality oil for less money.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:28 PM

Thats what I needed to understand when I tried this oil a year ago, but after reading how heavy it was refined I decided to continue to cook with refined sunflower... ( I LOVE expeller pressed sunflower oil in tomato+cucumber+bell pepper+onion salad or on shredded purple cabbage. :)

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:23 PM

THANKS a lot to everybody who helped me with my confusion! I already bought one for myself and for my mother in law. Later I will switch to better quality CO. I will try to find less aromatic virgin, or I will just use reputable brand of refined CO. Anyway, I will be confident recommending this brand to newbies.

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:51 AM

Why would say MUFA is better? I know MUFA is good, but are saturates inherently less healthy?

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on April 11, 2013
at 01:52 PM

Use what you like, coconut is way over-hyped in paleo. In regard to fats, paleo looks to the extremes, tropical saturated fats and cold-water fish PUFAs. What about temperate sources of MUFAs, where more hunter-gatherers/traditional cultures resided?

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on April 11, 2013
at 01:49 PM

Who the heck is deficient in linoleate, Travis? Other than some crazy overly restrictive paleos?

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on April 11, 2013
at 01:07 PM

Virgin coconut oil is not essential to weight loss. Louana works just fine and has much less of a coconut smell. http://paleohacks.com/questions/114930/responding-badly-to-coconut-oil-and-butter I would add to the allergy effects mentioned in that link a ridiculous amount of flatulence. Ray Peat put up a good article on coconut oil- http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/coconut-oil.shtml I don't agree with everything he says, but I think he did well with that particular article.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:49 PM

Yes, cost is playing a major role when choosing oil. Spectrum's refined is twice pricier then LouAna and because I thought LuoAna is not the best one I continued using sunflower from TJ's. And I save olive oil for salads just out of OMGTHISTASTE... I am used to neutral tasting oils for cooking like sunflower and lard. Thank you for your input too,

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:45 PM

For eating? Essential for weight loss? I'm with Matt on the hype of that route.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:41 PM

It is not refining that made me worry but I've heard that this oil is extracted not in a best way from pulp after all virgin oil was already taken out. Virgin oil has taste I am still getting used to for myself.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:41 PM

Buy the way... It is hard to believe but I do not like the smell of coconut oil. I am almost feeling nausea just from smelling it. I think it because once I overate coconut cookies. To be able to eat TJ's VCO I mix it with pulp, add pinch of sugar and then it becomes kinda tasty to me. You may wonder why I do it? I try to increase my fat intake for weight gain... If cooking with refined will have enough benefits over cooking with sunflower, I am using now, may be I can just stop forcing myself into VCO ... Will appreciate your comments on this side note..

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:23 PM

I personally do not like cooking with olive oil, even pure, not virgin oil gives specific taste to food.. My taste is used to cooking with lard (in my childhood) and refined coconut is similar to that in taste.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:16 PM

How a person can know if they are allergic to coconut? I've heard of coconut oil benefits for weight loss. I was going to recommend Louana for cooking (now I know it is surely better then corn/canola..., thank you) and Trader Joe's for eating for the weight loss... Is virgin coconut oil essential for weight loss or choosing right type of cooking oil will give good results too?

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:08 PM

If someone was using corn oil for years I assume he/she is not deficient in linoleic acid. Even if yes then it can be replenished from salad oils. Right?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 11, 2013
at 10:52 AM

MUFAs are better than saturates.

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

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on April 11, 2013
at 07:34 AM

Why would you say it's healthier?

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:35 PM

If someone's deficient in linoleate or allergic to coconut, it's worse.

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on April 10, 2013
at 08:44 PM

Olive oil isn't healthier, nor is it easier to obtain high quality stuff. The mafia have been cutting it with cheaper oils for years.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on April 10, 2013
at 08:42 PM

It works. In fact, it might be better than the fancier brands because the virgin stuff tends to have stuff that people are allergic to. Certainly better than corn oil, and probably better than most olive oils you can get your hands on. The mafia have been adulterating olive oil with cheaper oils for years.

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:45 PM

For eating? Essential for weight loss? I'm with Matt on the hype of that route.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:16 PM

How a person can know if they are allergic to coconut? I've heard of coconut oil benefits for weight loss. I was going to recommend Louana for cooking (now I know it is surely better then corn/canola..., thank you) and Trader Joe's for eating for the weight loss... Is virgin coconut oil essential for weight loss or choosing right type of cooking oil will give good results too?

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on April 11, 2013
at 01:07 PM

Virgin coconut oil is not essential to weight loss. Louana works just fine and has much less of a coconut smell. http://paleohacks.com/questions/114930/responding-badly-to-coconut-oil-and-butter I would add to the allergy effects mentioned in that link a ridiculous amount of flatulence. Ray Peat put up a good article on coconut oil- http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/coconut-oil.shtml I don't agree with everything he says, but I think he did well with that particular article.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:41 PM

Buy the way... It is hard to believe but I do not like the smell of coconut oil. I am almost feeling nausea just from smelling it. I think it because once I overate coconut cookies. To be able to eat TJ's VCO I mix it with pulp, add pinch of sugar and then it becomes kinda tasty to me. You may wonder why I do it? I try to increase my fat intake for weight gain... If cooking with refined will have enough benefits over cooking with sunflower, I am using now, may be I can just stop forcing myself into VCO ... Will appreciate your comments on this side note..

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:40 PM

I use it. I don't see a problem with it. I like to save my definitely-olive-oil olive oil for salads and other raw, low temp uses. Not out of OMGOXIDIZEDCRAP fear, but for the cost.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:49 PM

Yes, cost is playing a major role when choosing oil. Spectrum's refined is twice pricier then LouAna and because I thought LuoAna is not the best one I continued using sunflower from TJ's. And I save olive oil for salads just out of OMGTHISTASTE... I am used to neutral tasting oils for cooking like sunflower and lard. Thank you for your input too,

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374925bd0c30305e4027c25e8815b298

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on April 12, 2013
at 05:35 AM

Comparing Coconut oil to corn oil is just not fair. it's like comparing a billion dollar stealth Jet to a paper airplane. Take the coconut oil and never look back. For extra cred, also get expeller-pressed high oleic sunflower or avocado oil for cold items.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:28 PM

Thats what I needed to understand when I tried this oil a year ago, but after reading how heavy it was refined I decided to continue to cook with refined sunflower... ( I LOVE expeller pressed sunflower oil in tomato+cucumber+bell pepper+onion salad or on shredded purple cabbage. :)

374925bd0c30305e4027c25e8815b298

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on April 29, 2013
at 03:40 AM

From what I understand, there are different refinement methods for coconut oil. I can see how someone would have concerns for the RBD stuff, but I believe some expeller-pressed brands have a refinement process that are similar to what the more traditional folk use.

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on April 12, 2013
at 03:20 AM

Of course coconut oil is better than processed industrial oils. Personally I tried that brand, Louanna, and was not impressed. But I had bought it because tis cheap. Now I'm back to buying the good stuff from Spectrum in the glass jars =)

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:30 PM

I liked Spectrum better too. ) I need to do some work to get quality oil for less money.

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:27 PM

I've read that coconut oil is pretty stable and unlikely to be damaged much in the refining process, so go for it. It's MUCH better than any industrial seed or nut oil.

Costco has good-sized buckets of VCO for about $11--very reasonable.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:31 PM

I mean the VCO from Costco.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:41 PM

It is not refining that made me worry but I've heard that this oil is extracted not in a best way from pulp after all virgin oil was already taken out. Virgin oil has taste I am still getting used to for myself.

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:31 PM

How aromatic is this oil? Comparing to TJ's VCO.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 10, 2013
at 08:18 PM

It's fine, it's just refined. Virgin, cold-pressed stuff is hype. Better yet, just use olive oil, it's a healthier oil, more versatile, and easier to obtain high quality stuff.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 11, 2013
at 01:52 PM

Use what you like, coconut is way over-hyped in paleo. In regard to fats, paleo looks to the extremes, tropical saturated fats and cold-water fish PUFAs. What about temperate sources of MUFAs, where more hunter-gatherers/traditional cultures resided?

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:51 AM

Why would say MUFA is better? I know MUFA is good, but are saturates inherently less healthy?

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 11, 2013
at 07:34 AM

Why would you say it's healthier?

Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

(5)

on April 11, 2013
at 12:23 PM

I personally do not like cooking with olive oil, even pure, not virgin oil gives specific taste to food.. My taste is used to cooking with lard (in my childhood) and refined coconut is similar to that in taste.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on April 10, 2013
at 08:44 PM

Olive oil isn't healthier, nor is it easier to obtain high quality stuff. The mafia have been cutting it with cheaper oils for years.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on April 11, 2013
at 10:52 AM

MUFAs are better than saturates.

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