I can't stand the taste of coconut in everything, but I want to use it. Is deodorized coconut oil okay or should I stick to the virgin form?
asked byreallife (10)
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on June 25, 2013
at 04:27 PM
If you use coconut oil, stick to the unrefined, extra-virgin variety. "Deodorized" coconut oil is refined coconut oil, and subject to chemical cleaning and bleaching.
If you don't like coconut flavor, your best bet is not to use it. :-)
on June 25, 2013
at 08:50 PM
I use both depending on if I want coconut flavor or not.
It's sort of like sausage. Oh so tasty, but if you saw how they made it, you'd probably never eat it. :)
Greymouser's right, the refined oil is pretty much all off of dried/crappy left over copra chunks (coconut). It has to be highly processed/filtered/bleached to get the nasty stuff out and make it palatable. It's almost all chemically extracted (to get every last bit of oil out).
However, my recollection is that a lot of the studies are on the refined oil. The coconut flavor's a bit of a tip off when you're trying to do blinded studies. :)
Which means that pretty much all the good results on the coconut oil studies are with refined oil. So if it was that bad, it seems to offset things by it's good qualities.
My take is that virgin oil's better than refined, but if you can't stand the virgin, the refined will still give you very good benefits (just not necessarily as good as virgin oil). In the end, it's going to depend on how you feel after you use it (you'll have to test it out). If you're sensitive to molds and the like, you might have negative reactions (I don't have reactions).