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Where can I purchase Palm Oil? Coconut amines?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM

I am new to the Paleo diet and am having trouble finding some of the ingredients. Where does one normally find Palm Oil? Coconut Amines? I've looked in health food stores and groceries stores all over the city (Toronto), and can find neither. (I bought a Paleo cookbook and have tried some of their recipes which are good, but many of them call for these two ingredients.)

Also, if I can find Palm Oil, Are there any good substitues?

Thanks in advance!

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:42 PM

+1 for using "diaspora".

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:18 AM

And if you do buy virgin red palm oil, buy a small container to try it first. It has a "unique" flavor that many do not enjoy, I like it, but it's very much a specialty fat. I've barely used a pint in the course of a year, another pint to go!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:17 AM

I know many folks are fans of Tropical Traditions, but they are so expensive. You can get virgin red palm oil from Omni via Amazon for 1/4 the price of TT.

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on February 18, 2013
at 05:44 PM

Buy organic tamari, if you are really considering cheating. Coconut aminos are great though, I use them frequently

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on February 18, 2013
at 05:40 PM

Both are available at Whole Foods and comparable markets. Amazon is your best bet, especially if you are a prime member. I agree with Matt on both counts for substitutes.

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:15 PM

Don't get your palm oil from unsustainable sources! Avoid Malaysian, Indonesian and Amazonian palm oil, look for unrefined African red palm oil :)

You are most likely to find it in any place with a West African or Caribbean diaspora, in a little independent shop, for cheap

949d4d02ea7d1abd714cc3347c2c6854

(1021)

on February 20, 2013
at 02:42 PM

+1 for using "diaspora".

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 18, 2013
at 05:22 PM

Internet is probably the best sources for both of those. Red palm oil can probably be found in some ethnic markets, if that's what you're interested in. Refined palm oil, you can probably just substitute with coconut oil.

Coconut aminos? Bah, just use wheat-free tamari. A little soy is ok. Particularly since it is fermented.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on February 18, 2013
at 05:40 PM

Both are available at Whole Foods and comparable markets. Amazon is your best bet, especially if you are a prime member. I agree with Matt on both counts for substitutes.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 18, 2013
at 05:44 PM

Buy organic tamari, if you are really considering cheating. Coconut aminos are great though, I use them frequently

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on February 20, 2013
at 03:18 AM

And if you do buy virgin red palm oil, buy a small container to try it first. It has a "unique" flavor that many do not enjoy, I like it, but it's very much a specialty fat. I've barely used a pint in the course of a year, another pint to go!

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:17 PM

I've seen coconut aminos at Whole Foods. Damn expensive!

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:16 PM

Try iherb.com

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:31 AM

Greetings Sue,

You may want to try Tropical Traditions. They list two major varieties on the site and claim to source these oils from sustainable farms in South America.

  1. Organic Virgin Palm Oil (Red) (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/red_palm_oil.htm)
  2. Organic Palm Shortening: (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_palm_shortening.htm)

I found it helpful to subscribe which often provides emails with considerable discounts and free shipping. Here's a shortcut to subscribe: (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/subscribe_for_special_sales.cfm). I highly recommend their Organic Coconut Cream Concentrate (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/coconut_cream_concentrate.htm).

Vitacost carries Coconut Aminos (http://www.vitacost.com/productResults.aspx?NttSR=1&ss=1&x=0&y=0&ntk=products&Ntt=Coconut%20amino). They sometimes offer free shipping as well. And no, I'm getting not getting remunerated for endorsing these products.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on February 20, 2013
at 03:17 AM

I know many folks are fans of Tropical Traditions, but they are so expensive. You can get virgin red palm oil from Omni via Amazon for 1/4 the price of TT.

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