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?
asked byRoth (2919)
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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