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Which coconut oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 02, 2011 at 8:08 PM

So I've been getting my coconut oil from Nuts Online. It's the raw variety: http://www.nutsonline.com/nuts/coconut/oil.html . After months of denial I've finally admitted to myself that I can't stand it. It has a soapy aftertaste that's just... ugh.

What are good alternatives to raw oil? Far as I understand, there's the virgin oil that tastes and smells like coconuts - is it same as raw, or is it somehow different? Does refined oil have any taste or smell? Do any of them have a funny aftertaste? Which one should I get if I don't want my veggies to smell and taste like coconut? Which has the most health benefits?

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on December 20, 2013
at 02:59 PM

Lard is fat that comes from pork, tallow comes from cattle and sheep. Lard is more pork-y and bacon-y tasting.

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on December 20, 2013
at 02:56 PM

I agree, refined is better for cooking in general, both for flavor and health reasons. Refined also contains less polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are carcinogens (see here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02549296).

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on November 04, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Costco has nutiva now. 78 oz for about $21.49

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:31 PM

There is no standard in the coconut oil industry for the words "virgin" or "raw." Companies set their own standards.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:27 PM

I think olive oil is the only oil where you can rely on the word "virgin" to mean pressed, because it's the only oil industry that has created standard definition for the word.

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on November 05, 2011
at 08:32 AM

i love nutiva and use tons of it, like a 54oz tub/ month. it has a shelf life of about 2 years though

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on November 04, 2011
at 07:08 PM

But I'd definitely recommend making sure you like the brand/taste before buying that much...

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on November 04, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Coconut oil lasts years on the shelf.

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on November 04, 2011
at 06:25 PM

4 months in and I'm really liking the Nutiva stuff. I'm desensitized to the coconut-y flavor.

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on November 04, 2011
at 04:16 PM

use the one that is processed with no aflatoxins.

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on November 04, 2011
at 02:55 PM

My coconut oil doesn't taste soapy at all : that's just because yours is probably lower quality. I heard a lot of good things about nutiva, but I didn't test it myself because I get my coconut oil for free.

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on July 05, 2011
at 12:33 AM

Good question and unfortunately not one I know the answer to.

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on July 04, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Omega Nutrition brand, not the virgin which has the coconut taste.

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on July 04, 2011
at 02:58 AM

Do you mean lard as in beef tallow? Haven't tried that. I've been using ghee for a lot of my cooking. I'd like to use an oil too but can't figure out which one is the best. Olive oil is my current choice and I know it's not good for hi temp, so I'm looking to replace it. Coconut oil just sounds like the best choice. Anyway, thanks for the suggestions!

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on July 03, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Is virgin and raw the same thing?

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on July 03, 2011
at 08:53 PM

That's good to know, thanks!

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on July 03, 2011
at 08:52 PM

Same here. Thanks for the suggestions!

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on July 03, 2011
at 04:29 AM

we'll go through it long before it goes bad. coconut oil is very shelf stable. i think this 2 pack will last us about 3 months or so because we use ghee as well.

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:43 AM

i dont kno...to be honest, the nutivia and spectrum are the only brands ive tried. spectrum had a weird metalic taste or soemthing. i just didnt like it. so i moved it to my bathroom and just use it on my skin and hair, and i cook with nutivia. neither one is raw though, si i dont know if that feeling youre getting is because yours is raw, or something else. i would definitely shop around though. coconut oil isnt my most favorite thing ever, but it should be gross.

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Does it ever go bad? That is a great deal, but 108 oz is a lot of oil to go through...

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:26 AM

That looks really good! Thanks a bunch (for the code too)!

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I've been eyeing the Tropical Traditions store. I think I'll give them a try! Thanks!

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:24 AM

So would mine... And he hates coconut to boot!

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:24 AM

Mine didn't really have a coconut taste... More like I felt like I'd washed my mouth out with soap after eating it. Maybe that's just the raw stuff?

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:23 AM

I tend to agree. Refined sounds better and better.

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on July 02, 2011
at 11:52 PM

I use Spectrum brand organic coconut oil (not virgin) better for high heat cooking, and NO coconut taste!!!

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Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

on July 02, 2011
at 09:24 PM

If you want tasteless coconut oil my favorite is Jarrow Expeller pressed:

http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Coconut-Oil-Expeller-Pressed-16-oz-454-g/2506?at=0

coupon code CIL457 can be used for $5 off if it's your first order.

My favorite Extra Virgin Coconut oil is Nutiva which i get at iherb or whatever place I'm ordering from when I need it.

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:26 AM

That looks really good! Thanks a bunch (for the code too)!

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on July 02, 2011
at 08:34 PM

i get the nutivia from vitacost. the price is great and i dont like using any refined oils if i can avoid it. there is coconut flavor to it, but if i dont want that taste, i use ghee or lard.

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:43 AM

i dont kno...to be honest, the nutivia and spectrum are the only brands ive tried. spectrum had a weird metalic taste or soemthing. i just didnt like it. so i moved it to my bathroom and just use it on my skin and hair, and i cook with nutivia. neither one is raw though, si i dont know if that feeling youre getting is because yours is raw, or something else. i would definitely shop around though. coconut oil isnt my most favorite thing ever, but it should be gross.

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(297)

on July 03, 2011
at 01:24 AM

Mine didn't really have a coconut taste... More like I felt like I'd washed my mouth out with soap after eating it. Maybe that's just the raw stuff?

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on July 02, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I like the refined oil for cooking, it does not taste like anything to me, I fry ground beef in it and everything. My kid would definitely let me know if it had any coconut taste.

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:24 AM

So would mine... And he hates coconut to boot!

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on July 03, 2011
at 08:20 PM

I use virgin coconut oil when I want that coconut taste (eg in a Thai dish), but in most cases I'd prefer not to have the coconut taste. So for these cases I also have the refined stuff, which is flavorless. I use the refined coconut oil a lot more often, eg frying eggs in it each morning.

I use Spectrum for the refined coconut oil. Spectrum also has Virgin coconut oil but it's not as good as Nutiva. (Those are the only brands I've tried thus far)

So to sum up:

  • Spectrum refined coconut oil for when I don't want coconut flavor (which is most of the time)
  • Nutiva virgin coconut oil for when I do

As far as health benefits: Paul Jaminet of Perfect Health Diet (who is a big coconut oil proponent) said in his blog somewhere that refined coconut oil is made up of the same MCT's as virgin, and therefore should have all the same health benefits.

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on July 03, 2011
at 08:53 PM

That's good to know, thanks!

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on July 02, 2011
at 09:31 PM

We usually get Nutiva unrefined.

Amazon.com has the best deals, especially if you get the 54oz container.

Right now the 54oz is $20.44 plus $0.99 shipping.

But sometimes it's even better than than.

A few days ago I ordered a 2 pack of the 54oz for $36 total with free shipping, which is completely ridiculous. But that deal is over now.

I have also ordered Tropical Traditions Gold Label many times, but it's too rare to find a deal good enough to compete with the Nutiva prices on Amazon.

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on July 03, 2011
at 04:29 AM

we'll go through it long before it goes bad. coconut oil is very shelf stable. i think this 2 pack will last us about 3 months or so because we use ghee as well.

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Does it ever go bad? That is a great deal, but 108 oz is a lot of oil to go through...

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on November 04, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Coconut oil lasts years on the shelf.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on November 04, 2011
at 07:08 PM

But I'd definitely recommend making sure you like the brand/taste before buying that much...

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on November 05, 2011
at 08:32 AM

i love nutiva and use tons of it, like a 54oz tub/ month. it has a shelf life of about 2 years though

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on November 04, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Costco has nutiva now. 78 oz for about $21.49

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on July 02, 2011
at 08:30 PM

Refined coconut oil has no taste or smell, at least in my experience with the Luanna brand. I'm trying out Nutiva now and that's definitely coconut-y. That flavor works with somethings, not others. I personally think the whole cold-pressed extra virgin idea is rather pointless and mostly hype.

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:23 AM

I tend to agree. Refined sounds better and better.

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on November 04, 2011
at 06:25 PM

4 months in and I'm really liking the Nutiva stuff. I'm desensitized to the coconut-y flavor.

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on December 20, 2013
at 02:56 PM

I agree, refined is better for cooking in general, both for flavor and health reasons. Refined also contains less polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are carcinogens (see here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02549296).

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on December 20, 2013
at 02:42 PM

I bought GOLD label from Tropical Traditions. Tastes great. I'm not a fan of the customer service though.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:24 PM

I've been making an effort to eliminate any oil that was produced using a chemical extraction method. Unfortunately, coconut oil is often extracted using chemical solvents. Hexane (a component of gasoline) is commonly used as a solvent in coconut oil extraction.

To be honest, I don't know if this is a health risk or not, but my gut feeling is to avoid it.

Topical Traditions, I believe, does offer a pressed only (non-chemical extracted) oil, but I'm pretty sure most of their oils are the result of a chemical extraction process.

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on May 04, 2012
at 11:31 AM

I use refined oil for cooking.it has no smell and taste.Infect i feel very happy eat food which is cooked in refined oil.I think this the best oil for cook.I used coconut hair oil to nourish my hairs and i think it smells very bad.

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on November 05, 2011
at 09:52 AM

I've heard Barlean's coconut oil is pretty good.

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on November 05, 2011
at 05:34 AM

You can get Nutiva at Winner's Homesense..... maybe that's only in Canada though?

It is yummy, especially on baked sweet potatoes!

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on November 04, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I haven't encountered the soapy taste before, but supposedly it's due to the lauric acid content. One possible solution mentioned was mixing in a bit of baking soda, but I haven't seen anyone saying it worked for them.

On the oil side, Basic idea for these things is straightforward. Raw/Virgin comes from fresh coconuts with little processing (maybe a little pressure on the coconut meat to get out the oils). Refined comes from older coconut that's been sitting around for a while. They use high heat/chemicals to wring as much oil out as possible, then bleach and deodorize it to be palatable.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:27 PM

I think olive oil is the only oil where you can rely on the word "virgin" to mean pressed, because it's the only oil industry that has created standard definition for the word.

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on November 04, 2011
at 01:27 PM

Nutiva's Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (cold-pressed & unrefined) is listed at $23.43 for 54oz/1.6l at link text. Use the coupon "SWAN77" and get 10% on the entire order.

Total (with discount) $84.35 for 216oz/13.5 pounds/1.6 US gallons/6.38 liters.

That is around 6.24$ per pound.

Enjoy your healthy fat cheaply !

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on July 03, 2011
at 10:12 PM

You can get refined coconut oil that hasn't been bleached or deodorized. That is best for most cooking when you don't want the coconut taste or smell. Still the same benefits.

Otherwise I would go with a fermented brand of coconut oil which is how coconut oil has traditionally been prepared. The centrifuged raw coconut oil is just a modern day fad and might possibly explain the health problems some people are having with consuming coconut oil.

Personally I prefer using coconut milk in dishes that call for it and then using another animal based oil for cooking, frying and generally eschewing straight coconut oil for cooking all together.

Can anyone say lard? LOL

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on July 04, 2011
at 02:58 AM

Do you mean lard as in beef tallow? Haven't tried that. I've been using ghee for a lot of my cooking. I'd like to use an oil too but can't figure out which one is the best. Olive oil is my current choice and I know it's not good for hi temp, so I'm looking to replace it. Coconut oil just sounds like the best choice. Anyway, thanks for the suggestions!

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on July 03, 2011
at 08:28 PM

I love the coconut taste and now strictly used virgin for everything. Ground beef and eggs cooked in virgin is amazing. I use mostly the Whole Foods store brand.

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on July 03, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Is virgin and raw the same thing?

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on July 05, 2011
at 12:33 AM

Good question and unfortunately not one I know the answer to.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:31 PM

There is no standard in the coconut oil industry for the words "virgin" or "raw." Companies set their own standards.

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on July 03, 2011
at 06:57 PM

I've actually had better luck with TT's green label virgin CO, I tried the gold label but to me it had that "soapy" aftertaste while the green label tasted just coconutty. I also like Nutiva a lot. Those are the only 2 I can personally recommend. I like the coconut flavor and lots of it, can't deal with the soapy taste.

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on July 03, 2011
at 08:52 PM

Same here. Thanks for the suggestions!

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on July 02, 2011
at 09:06 PM

I really like the tropical tradition's gold label coconut oil. It sure tastes much coconut, but in a good way :)

If you like something less tasty, you can try the expeller pressed one.

No, I do not wok for them. Just a happy customer!

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I've been eyeing the Tropical Traditions store. I think I'll give them a try! Thanks!

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