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MCTs in REFINED Coconut Oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 23, 2011 at 5:51 AM

Are the MCTs/lauric acid/caprylic acid/etc. affected by the refining process with coconut oil? If so, how big of an impact does it have?

I've been unable to find any decent info about this. Obviously unrefined is ideal but just how much better is the unrefined product than refined CO?

Dabe1ce273fa98cde26939438d1d3580

on July 29, 2012
at 10:59 AM

Thanks for adding this information and link Wayne. It was really helpful. The coconutdiet.com blog seems to have removed this article but I typed 'coconut oil common misconceptions' into google and it brought up the article from a different site. Thanks again. VCO is so expensive so it's good to know that the refined stuff is still valuable (hydrogenated kind excepted). Cheers. :-)

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on August 23, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I heard that the refining process uses some sort of alkaline solvent to deodorize the coconut oil. Wouldn't that adversely affect any of the healthy EFAs and caprylic acid and whatnot?

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on August 23, 2011
at 09:50 PM

Horsepuckey. Straight from the label of my Spectrum brand refined coconut oil (organic). "As with all Spectrum oils, our Organic Coconut oil is both expeller pressed and non-hydrogenated." What brands are you seeing? Spectrum is a colossal company whose products are distributed by multiple supermarket chains. Mine is from Wal-Mart. $6 and it lasts me one week.

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on August 23, 2011
at 07:08 PM

From what I've seen, the two go hand in hand. i've never seen refined coconut oil that was not also hydrogenated at grocery stores. ymmv

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on August 23, 2011
at 07:08 PM

From what I've seen, the two go hand in hand. i've never seen refined coconut oil that was not also hydrogenated at grocery stores.

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on August 23, 2011
at 05:26 PM

refined does not mean hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.

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on August 24, 2011
at 02:24 AM

Lots of false information on this subject. There is almost NO hydrogenated coconut oil in the US. Standard refined is RBD (refined bleached and deodorized) and is the common coconut oil in the tropics that most of the studies have been done on. The "bleaching" is just filtering through a bleaching clay - it is NOT chemical based. MCTs remain in tact. What is lost in refining is the antioxidants, and maybe some other nutrients, but it does NOT alter the fatty acid composition. See: http://www.coconutdiet.com/blog/post.cfm/common-misconceptions-about-the-nutritional-value-of-coconut-oil-three-common-myths

Dabe1ce273fa98cde26939438d1d3580

on July 29, 2012
at 10:59 AM

Thanks for adding this information and link Wayne. It was really helpful. The coconutdiet.com blog seems to have removed this article but I typed 'coconut oil common misconceptions' into google and it brought up the article from a different site. Thanks again. VCO is so expensive so it's good to know that the refined stuff is still valuable (hydrogenated kind excepted). Cheers. :-)

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279700a1070c65fc144eceaa642dcbc7

on August 23, 2011
at 04:59 PM

Medium chain triglycerides shouldn't be affected by the usual refinements taking place. The real problem with refined coconut oil are the trans fatty acids that are produced by partial hydrogenation.

279700a1070c65fc144eceaa642dcbc7

(144)

on August 23, 2011
at 07:08 PM

From what I've seen, the two go hand in hand. i've never seen refined coconut oil that was not also hydrogenated at grocery stores.

279700a1070c65fc144eceaa642dcbc7

(144)

on August 23, 2011
at 07:08 PM

From what I've seen, the two go hand in hand. i've never seen refined coconut oil that was not also hydrogenated at grocery stores. ymmv

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on August 23, 2011
at 05:26 PM

refined does not mean hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on August 23, 2011
at 09:50 PM

Horsepuckey. Straight from the label of my Spectrum brand refined coconut oil (organic). "As with all Spectrum oils, our Organic Coconut oil is both expeller pressed and non-hydrogenated." What brands are you seeing? Spectrum is a colossal company whose products are distributed by multiple supermarket chains. Mine is from Wal-Mart. $6 and it lasts me one week.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on August 23, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I heard that the refining process uses some sort of alkaline solvent to deodorize the coconut oil. Wouldn't that adversely affect any of the healthy EFAs and caprylic acid and whatnot?

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