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Coconut oil and heat?

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Created August 05, 2011 at 5:00 PM

I bought Nutiva Coconut oil online (can't find it in stores locally) and they shipped it via UPS. It was sitting in the UPS truck under 110 degree weather in plastic containers. Not sure if Nutiva is using BPA free (still, it isn't 100% safe since it's still platic) or why they can't use glass.

Do you think the plastic (due to the extreme heat) has leached out or if the oil itself has oxidized?

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on August 05, 2011
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unless it's totally liquid, which, since I live in San Diego, mine is at this time of year. It looks like a big tub of water.

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on August 05, 2011
at 05:22 PM

Good links for the plastic types; thanks.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 05, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Coconut oil won't have oxidized. That's one of the big advantages of CO - excellent heat tolerance. If you can see the recycle code on the bottom of the jar, that would let you know plastic type, which provides some useful info. http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut403.htm and http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/tips/plastic-recycling-codes-tip

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on August 05, 2011
at 05:22 PM

Good links for the plastic types; thanks.

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on August 05, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Unlikely that the oil has oxidized. Coconut oil is 92% saturated fat, which is an adaptation to coconuts growing in tropical climates. You should be fine on that front.

As for the plastic, it would be helpful to know which type of plastic Nutiva uses for packaging. There is no known correlation of PETE (plastic #1) with adverse health effects, but other common plastics may not be so benign.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on August 05, 2011
at 05:09 PM

I'm confident that the oil didn't oxidize. Coconut oil (and all saturated fats) are extremely stable (that's why they're good!) and don't oxidize. You can leave coconut oil out and open to the air without it oxidizing.

As far as plastic leaching goes, I can't be certain, I don't know what kind of plastics they use and all of that. But remember coconut oil is pretty viscous, so if there were any leaching it's only going to be in the oil that's right up against the plastic, it's not going to diffuse into the main chunk of oil. So you can just use the stuff in the middle and don't scrape the stuff off of the wall of the jar and you don't have to worry about the leaching if it did happen.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 05, 2011
at 06:53 PM

unless it's totally liquid, which, since I live in San Diego, mine is at this time of year. It looks like a big tub of water.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 05, 2011
at 08:25 PM

slightly off topic, but has anyone tried Dr. Bronner's coconut oil? their first foray into the edibles market, and i do believe they've pulled it off nicely!!!

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