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Does hexane free really matter?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 01, 2012 at 1:17 AM

I am concerned because even though I heard hexane evaporates, hexane residue might hurt my teeth. I am thinking of converting from LouAna RBD hexane-derived coconut oil to vegetable oil or raw shea butter when it comes to dental care. I brush and do oil pulling with LouAna, as extra virgin coconut oil is too expensive for daily use. Vegetable oil would be much cheaper than coconut oil, while raw shea butter is the same price as LouAna and hexane free. Does hexane free really matter?

I heard of people using vegetable oils for oil pulling, but I have an impression that saturated fats work better for cleaning teeth as coconut oil worked for me better than sesame oil did. Plus, if vegetable oils get rancid, wouldn't they also rot on my teeth? Plus, vegetable oils are hexane derived.

I heard people here say that coconut oil is great for teeth, but I don't know how well shea butter works for teeth, never heard of anyone use it for teeth, and I just hope there isn't anything negative if I do use it on a daily basis.

My choice is either convert to hexane-extracted vegetable oil to save money, even though I suspect my teeth won't be as clean, stay with hexane-extracted coconut oil, or go with raw shea butter, which seems to be the best choice if hexane extraction does matter.

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on July 01, 2012
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I see, that matters to me too. I cannot find a cheaper or equivalent oil for LouAna though. I thought of shea butter but that has its own odd taste.

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What sort of bad things? I hope LouAna isn't a bad oil. It may not have the benefits of extra virgin, but as long as it's fine to cook with, without negative effects, then I will use LouAna.

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on July 01, 2012
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Speaking as a chemist: I'm not concerned about hexane. Hexane itself it pretty toxic, but as you mention, it quickly and easily evaporates. It's very highly unlikely that any amount of hexane is left behind in the final product.

I know there's all kinds of scare tactics about many different things: coconut oil, soy bean oils, even decafinated coffee, where they say that hexane is used in the process and that's what makes it bad. I disagree. Those things are bad, but for reasons unrelated to the hexane. I never worry about it.

However, processes that require hexane usually do other bad things to the food, so I do mark it as a red flag, just not because of the hexane though.

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on July 01, 2012
at 11:46 PM

What sort of bad things? I hope LouAna isn't a bad oil. It may not have the benefits of extra virgin, but as long as it's fine to cook with, without negative effects, then I will use LouAna.

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on July 01, 2012
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It may not be in the finished product, but it was released into the environment at some point. That sort of thing matters to me.

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on July 01, 2012
at 11:47 PM

I see, that matters to me too. I cannot find a cheaper or equivalent oil for LouAna though. I thought of shea butter but that has its own odd taste.

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on July 01, 2012
at 02:10 PM

Companies love to brag about their hexane-free oils. But the reality of it is that residual hexane are pretty darn low - 10-20 ppm (< 20 mg / kg). In a 15 gram "dose" of oil, that's less than 200 micrograms. Acute toxicity (LD50) is in the g/kg range in rats, so it's relatively non-toxic. The problem is the carcinogenicity of it, but consider that food is full of natural carcinogens, a tiny bit of hexane doesn't seem that significant by comparison.

Of course, we paleo folks do obsess over smaller problems than a few micrograms of hexane.

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