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Is deodorized coconut oil okay?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

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?

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on June 25, 2013
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Virtually all of the coconut oil on the market is refined via chemical solvents and heat applied to the coconut shell. Some higher end brands do it via expelled pressed and heated in ceramic pots -- but that is still chemical (err, heating is physics, but involves chemical reactions). Honestly, I'm not sure either is necessarily bad --

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on June 25, 2013
at 08:37 PM

You can try MCT oil... :) Lot more expensive though.

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on June 25, 2013
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One more thing - the higher smoke point only makes sense if the last bit of non-SFA in the oil was hydrogenated into trans-fat.

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on June 25, 2013
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If you are talking about copra, that's even worse. At least with chemical deodorization (which is common), you know you have chemicals; with copra pressing, you have whatever shit happened to be on the copra (e.g. mold).

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Annnndddd a no comment downvote. Way to go, downvoter.

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Thx. That was what I feared. Is there anything else that is MCT I could use without a strong taste?

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 25, 2013
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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. :-)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 25, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Annnndddd a no comment downvote. Way to go, downvoter.

4c1dcdc49bd9b57bfb40d479354eb1ef

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on June 25, 2013
at 05:22 PM

Thx. That was what I feared. Is there anything else that is MCT I could use without a strong taste?

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on June 25, 2013
at 08:37 PM

You can try MCT oil... :) Lot more expensive though.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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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).

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on June 25, 2013
at 07:59 PM

Refined coconut oil is perfectly fine, since most of the time it's extracted through physical not chemical means. Also, the significantly higher smoke point makes it excellent for cooking.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 25, 2013
at 08:05 PM

If you are talking about copra, that's even worse. At least with chemical deodorization (which is common), you know you have chemicals; with copra pressing, you have whatever shit happened to be on the copra (e.g. mold).

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on June 25, 2013
at 08:11 PM

One more thing - the higher smoke point only makes sense if the last bit of non-SFA in the oil was hydrogenated into trans-fat.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on June 25, 2013
at 08:55 PM

Virtually all of the coconut oil on the market is refined via chemical solvents and heat applied to the coconut shell. Some higher end brands do it via expelled pressed and heated in ceramic pots -- but that is still chemical (err, heating is physics, but involves chemical reactions). Honestly, I'm not sure either is necessarily bad --

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