Is UN-refined coconut oil likely to be contaminated with MOLD?
Would REFINED coconut oil be less likely to be contaminated with MOLD?
Does the refining process destroy all the goodness of unrefined coconut oil? I'm beginning a low-mold n=1 trial.
asked byCaveMan_Mike (3275)
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on March 31, 2013
at 02:53 AM
A high quality, extra-virgin unrefined coconut oil will not have mold. Since the coconuts are cold-pressed while they are fresh, not dried, and without any heat sources, the coconut oil is able to maintain its natural antibiotic, antimicrobal, antifungal properties.
A refined coconut oil is not likely to contain mold either since it will be infused with the chemical compound sodium hydroxide, but it will have lost its natural antibiotic, antimicrobal, antiprotizoal, antifungal, and antibiotic qualities as soon as the moisture was removed and the product was heated over 120 degrees.
The refining process effectively destroys the properties of coconut oil that make it so nutrient-rich and give coconut oil its health benefits. A natural, organic unrefined coconut oil will have a fresh coconut aroma, is soft to the touch, not waxy, and does not have the same uniformity as refined coconut oil does. Refined coconut oil is deodorized, bleached, heated, and chemical treated.
The best organic natural coconut oil that I have tasted or used is Perfect Coconut Oil, a cold-pressed oil with a long shelf life, a great smell, and very minimal processing.
on March 28, 2013
at 10:38 PM
For the purposes of avoiding all mold, I would guess that fractionalized/fractionated (not hydrogenated) refined coconut oil would be best (given how thoroughly it's refined and its very long shelf-life). You would lose some phytonutrients compared to unrefined oil, but you could evaluate that trade-off after seeing how your trial goes.