Does anyone here eat shea butter?

Answered on July 18, 2016
Created February 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

A quick google search revealed that shea butter is in fact edible but I don't see many people consuming it. Are there any potential problems with it as a food source? It is generally high in monounsaturated fat and stearic acid, and the price is reasonable enough, I just don't know how safe its consumption is.


on February 14, 2012
at 01:25 AM

Thanks for the self test. Good info.



on February 14, 2012
at 12:04 AM

This is relevant to my interests... I hope somebody has an answer!

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on February 14, 2012
at 02:35 AM

It doesn't taste good. It goes rancid very easily. It's pricey. That's probably why.



on February 14, 2012
at 12:54 AM

It is my regular lip balm and face/body moisturizer in the winter. I just swallowed a pea size piece and I must say the flavor is waaaaay off. I'll stick with butter.


on February 14, 2012
at 01:25 AM

Thanks for the self test. Good info.


on July 18, 2016
at 05:58 PM

Yes! I eat shea butter and it is delicious! Old, nearly rancid shea butter is nutty and strong. Fresh FOOD GRADE SHEA butter is rather bland and neutral. I got some food grade shea butter in the Netherlands. It was certified organic so I knew it was natural. The big important difference between raw or cosmetic grade shea butter is that the food grade stuff has the naturally occurring LATEX taken out. Plus it is heat pasteurized and filtered in an inspected food grade facillity. 

Shea butter is a full spectrum oil that contains the stearins that vegans often lack in their diet. Plus, it contains a "magic" botanical ingredient that reduces inflammation; inside and out that is unique to shea butter. Shea butter is not yet legal for general food use but I predict you will see it on the shelves by 2018. Glad other peole are thinking about shea as food! Adios


on February 18, 2012
at 12:03 PM

Yes, unrefined shea is edible - you really have to know the quality of the shea before attempting to eat it.

Only pure grade A is edible.

Shea does not go rancid so quickly - if it does then it is down to the manufacturing process as there are different grades from A to E.

Yes, I have eaten shea - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4ZJyxfvdh4



on February 14, 2012
at 01:47 AM

I spend so much of my time slathering it all over my knees/elbows, slathering it on eczema for BF, rubbing it onto feet...I think I'm good. I just can't think of it in that way...coconut oil on the other hand, great for body+belly.



on February 14, 2012
at 12:22 AM


on October 19, 2015
at 09:27 AM

I do not like that, it tastes terrible, although it can offer some nutrition for us.



on August 10, 2015
at 10:18 PM

Shea butter is safe to eat, I have tasted it, and the flavor is not too desirable. However if you are a big fan of the flavor then that is great. If you buy it in bulk you can get it for about $3.20 per pound, maybe even cheaper. Try using a small amount of it in cooking first before you go and buy 55 lbs worth of Shea butter.

An alternative to Shea butter in cooking could be Cocoa butter. If you purchase Cocoa butter in bulk, then you can get it for $3.90 per pound. It is a bit more expensive than Shea butter, but I would guess that the flavor is superior. As I recommended with the Shea butter, try sampling small quantities before you go and buy a 55 lb thing of Cocoa butter. 

Cocoa butter Melting Point: 35–36.5 °C (95.0–97.7 °F), Boiling Point/ Smoke Point: 280 °F

Shea butter Melting Point: 89 to 100 °F, Boiling Point/ Smoke Point: Unknown

The only issue with Cocoa butter is that it has a narrow range in which it is liquid. If you need higher heats try (Boiling/Smoke Point) 

Canola oil
Corn oil
Olive oil, extra virgin


on October 17, 2015
at 09:39 PM

PLEASE tell me where you found cocoa butter for $4 a pound?!

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