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Anyone else have a hard time eating coconut oil because of the taste?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 19, 2011 at 3:09 AM

I didn't know much about coconut oil before paleo. I've noticed paleo/primal people seem very passionate about all things coconut. So I've learned to love dried coconut and coconut milk, but the taste of coconut oil is very unpleasant to me.

The only thing I've cooked in it that I liked is pork chops. Veggies, eggs (all commonly cooked with coconut oil by fellow paleos), etc- it all tastes really gross to me. The flavor is very overpowering, and weird tasting. I know the health benefits are great, so I would love to incorporate it more. Anyone have suggestions on things to cook in it that may mask the taste, or work better with the flavor? Have you found certain brands taste better than others? I have Earthfare brand organic coconut oil.

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on May 25, 2012
at 02:14 AM

See, I baked coconut no bake cookies with it, and still couldn't eat it.

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on April 24, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Yep, unsweetened.

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on April 22, 2011
at 01:43 PM

I grew up with a huge macadamia tree in the back yard so I've loved them since I could swing a rock to crack them. Will second the jerky dip too, yum.

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on April 19, 2011
at 05:03 PM

Totally agree. Different brands have radically different tastes.

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on April 19, 2011
at 02:53 PM

+1 for having a hard time not eating it- me too!

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on April 19, 2011
at 02:52 PM

FYI: they sell it at my local Whole Foods in a BPA-free plastic jar. It's far and away the cheapest one there, too. I buy it often.

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on April 19, 2011
at 01:17 PM

It is pretty crazy good straight out of the jar. The texture takes a bit of getting used to. In my experience, take a small amount and wash it down with water like a pill if you have to.

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on April 19, 2011
at 01:16 PM

Do you use the unsweetened dutch cocoa powder for this?

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on April 19, 2011
at 12:19 PM

Thanks! I will have to look for that brand in my area.

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on April 19, 2011
at 12:18 PM

Thanks Richard I will have to look for that in my area or online.

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on April 19, 2011
at 11:49 AM

Macadamias are delicious. I actually didn't really like them at first, but I think that was because they were raw. Roasted and salted? Nothing better. The best dessert is whipped cream with a little pureed berries mixed in for mouthfeel, fresh berries, and chopped macadamias. Salty, sweet, fatty, mmmmmmmm.

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on April 19, 2011
at 11:36 AM

I have tried both virgin and expeller pressed, I also find it very overpowering and if I can say so, I find it more 'oily' than, if that is at all possible. I tried the suggestion that someone gave me of combining 2 parts ghee to 1 part coconut oil and voila! I can actually tolerate the taste. I don't use it to cook eggs and broccoli but have found it pleasant cooking meat and curries and stews. The taste is not overpowering any longer.

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on April 19, 2011
at 10:20 AM

Odd... coconut oil has no taste to me.

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on April 19, 2011
at 09:20 AM

Don't think CO can be EV: http://www.virgincoconutoil.co.uk/#11

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on April 19, 2011
at 04:40 AM

Here's a nifty chart comparing the different tropical tradition oils: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/faq.htm#What_are_the_differences_between_all_your_coconut_oils

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Thanks Shari! I will have to look for that at the store.

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at 03:47 AM

yeah, that does sound weird! I'm glad you mentioned that about macadamia nuts. I was waffling tonight at the store, trying to decide if it was worth shelling out 8.99 for container of them. The only way I've ever had them was in white chocolate macadamia cookies :) But just like coconut oil, macadamias seem to be a paleo obsession!

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:37 AM

I agree with mixing it with butter. You can also make coconut ghee which is just a mix of homemade ghee and CO. You can adjust the ratios to get a taste that works for you. There is also expellar pressed CO which has no taste or smell. I know Spectrum and TT offer physically pressed which is what you want (must have!) It's slightly inferior to the "virgin" but much easier to get down.

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:35 AM

I do think there are differences between brands (I use Nutiva right now), but any EV coconut oil is going to taste like coconut, and although I love coconut, I think it is a bizarre taste to mix with, say, broccoli. I'll keep my Kerrygold for that, thanks. ;)

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:24 AM

glad to hear it... coconut oil seems to have a cult following!

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at 03:23 AM

THAT'S IT! I've been trying to put my finger on the "taste" it reminds me of... soap! Thanks for the recommendation of mixing with butter. I love butter so that may help! :)

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at 03:19 AM

I also find the taste overpowering, and only use it for curries or other coconut-milk based dishes. You're not alone! :)

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:11 AM

I have a hard time not eating coconut oil because of the taste.

Any brand I've tried (Spectrum, Tropical Traditions, etc) tasted good. Maybe you just have to keep trying? Some people find the taste to be soapy though. It just might not be your cup of tea.

Also, one idea is to mix coconut oil with butter or some other oil and titrate up the amount of coconut oil until it doesn't taste overpowering to you. Or, try some tropical dishes where the coconut goes more naturally with the flavors. Like a coconut curry, for example.

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:23 AM

THAT'S IT! I've been trying to put my finger on the "taste" it reminds me of... soap! Thanks for the recommendation of mixing with butter. I love butter so that may help! :)

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on April 19, 2011
at 02:53 PM

+1 for having a hard time not eating it- me too!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:37 AM

I agree with mixing it with butter. You can also make coconut ghee which is just a mix of homemade ghee and CO. You can adjust the ratios to get a taste that works for you. There is also expellar pressed CO which has no taste or smell. I know Spectrum and TT offer physically pressed which is what you want (must have!) It's slightly inferior to the "virgin" but much easier to get down.

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

(1138)

on April 19, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Thanks Shari! I will have to look for that at the store.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 19, 2011
at 01:17 PM

It is pretty crazy good straight out of the jar. The texture takes a bit of getting used to. In my experience, take a small amount and wash it down with water like a pill if you have to.

51a4b53ca196e59b01960b1a39b5f5a3

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on May 25, 2012
at 02:14 AM

See, I baked coconut no bake cookies with it, and still couldn't eat it.

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on April 19, 2011
at 11:43 AM

Omega Nutrition certified organic coconut oil has no flavor or smell. I believe it is a steam process they use. All the health benefits are still there. The virgin coconut oil will have the smell and taste but the plain won't. I love it and have gone through a quart every 3 weeks or so for years. omeganutrition.com Sally Fallon recommends this brand

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on April 19, 2011
at 02:52 PM

FYI: they sell it at my local Whole Foods in a BPA-free plastic jar. It's far and away the cheapest one there, too. I buy it often.

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on April 19, 2011
at 12:18 PM

Thanks Richard I will have to look for that in my area or online.

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on April 19, 2011
at 10:14 AM

Try different brands to find the one you like. I use extra virgin, organic Nutiva and find the taste better then other brands I've tried. I love eating it straight from the jar as well as for cooking. Keep persevering!

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on April 19, 2011
at 05:03 PM

Totally agree. Different brands have radically different tastes.

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D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on April 19, 2011
at 04:37 AM

There are a couple different kind of coconut oil. If you don't want a flavor sitting around go for expeller-pressed, refined coconut oil. The refining does not oxidize the oil or anything scary like that. It's just a further processing step (some brand do it the cheap, chemical-ladened way but most the ones at Whole Foods and your local co-op will be a-okay). The taste will be gone but those beautiful medium chain triglycerides will still be there waiting for to consume it.

I do like the taste of virgin coconut oil but I don't want the coconut taste in everything so both virgin and expeller pressed are on hand in my kitchen. I use tropical traditions. The gallon buckets are a steal. http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/expeller-pressed_coconut_oil.htm

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on April 19, 2011
at 04:40 AM

Here's a nifty chart comparing the different tropical tradition oils: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/faq.htm#What_are_the_differences_between_all_your_coconut_oils

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

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on April 19, 2011
at 12:19 PM

Thanks! I will have to look for that brand in my area.

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on April 19, 2011
at 11:36 AM

I have tried both virgin and expeller pressed, I also find it very overpowering and if I can say so, I find it more 'oily' than, if that is at all possible. I tried the suggestion that someone gave me of combining 2 parts ghee to 1 part coconut oil and voila! I can actually tolerate the taste. I don't use it to cook eggs and broccoli but have found it pleasant cooking meat and curries and stews. The taste is not overpowering any longer.

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:44 AM

It's weird, I didn't dig it at all at first. At first I was trying a 1tbsp in the morning thing... could barely choke it down without some gag reflex. Then somehow, maybe after cooking with it a couple of times, the taste grew on me big time. Now I consume a lot of coconut oil, by the spoonful or whatever. I've learned to enjoy the taste in combo with almost anything I'm cooking. Even use it as toothpaste (mixed with baking soda).

Of course the wife hates it so I have to cook with it for separate meals : ( It smells too strongly like Hawaiian sun lotion to be considered food to her.

Brand does seem to matter. I like the Nature's Way and Nutiva brands a lot. I once got the Now Foods version and it tasted straight up rancid, and greasier than the others. But maybe it was just a bad batch, not sure.

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:08 PM

I melt a tablespoon or more into a cup and immedieatly mix it with something (very tiny amount also) that masks the taste like cold espresso w/cream, cranberry juice, orange juice, squeeze of lemon..(I don't drink juice, but my hubby has it here)

I drink it down like a shot. I don't like cooking w/ it because I just really don't like the way its tastes either and I have tried all types. I found that melted was easier than the hard coconut oil to consume with my method. I take my morning shot and good to go for hours and hours.

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on April 19, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I love it BUT I can't fathom using it for fried eggs, for browning meat in for chili, etc. I can eat it straight, use it in sweet stuff, or most ethnic stuff (curries, cooking fajita meat). Coconut oil is great, just not for everything!

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on April 19, 2011
at 01:15 PM

I was lucky enough to find a brand in my local Meijer called LouAna that has no taste or odor. It doesn't lend what's cooked in it any flavor of any sort.

However, since I can't really vouch for its "paleo-ness" I've started using Ghee almost exclusively where no flavor cooking oil is needed.

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on April 19, 2011
at 11:57 AM

Personally, I rarely cook with coconut oil unless the recipe lends itself to something coconutty like thai or something. I just take it on a spoon right before breakfast and right before bedtime and call it a day.

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on April 19, 2011
at 09:20 AM

i dont cook thai style food so often, so i dont have much use for coconut flavor. I prefer french duck fat for meats and mushrooms. Especially organ meats in duck fat are so much more tasty than coconut oil. Also i use clarified butter since its easy to make.

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on April 19, 2011
at 04:27 AM

I love the taste. But I have tried one brand that definitely tasted different, and perhaps more "soapy" (can't remember the name).. So I'd say try another brand, just to be sure? And definitely the good stuff - extra virgin, cold-pressed, organic... i don't really notice its flavor when I cook with it, though.. maybe it's because i like it, so it doesn't stand out for me..

The brands I like: Bali'Sun and Garden of Life - Living Foods..

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on April 19, 2011
at 09:20 AM

Don't think CO can be EV: http://www.virgincoconutoil.co.uk/#11

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on April 19, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Like it. Maybe love it? Eat it by the spoonful at least as much as I cook with it. I just made a "hot chocolate" with 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and about 1/2 a tablespoon coconut oil. Mmmm, mmm, good!

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on April 19, 2011
at 01:16 PM

Do you use the unsweetened dutch cocoa powder for this?

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on April 24, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Yep, unsweetened.

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:38 AM

I can take it in small doses. Soapy, maybe (I feel the same way about macadamia nuts). However, there are some things I like coconut oil on... the weirdest would be using it as a "dip" for beef jerky.

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on April 19, 2011
at 11:49 AM

Macadamias are delicious. I actually didn't really like them at first, but I think that was because they were raw. Roasted and salted? Nothing better. The best dessert is whipped cream with a little pureed berries mixed in for mouthfeel, fresh berries, and chopped macadamias. Salty, sweet, fatty, mmmmmmmm.

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

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on April 19, 2011
at 03:47 AM

yeah, that does sound weird! I'm glad you mentioned that about macadamia nuts. I was waffling tonight at the store, trying to decide if it was worth shelling out 8.99 for container of them. The only way I've ever had them was in white chocolate macadamia cookies :) But just like coconut oil, macadamias seem to be a paleo obsession!

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on April 22, 2011
at 01:43 PM

I grew up with a huge macadamia tree in the back yard so I've loved them since I could swing a rock to crack them. Will second the jerky dip too, yum.

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on May 25, 2012
at 12:37 AM

You folks who don't like the taste need to learn to venture out and enjoy other tastes besides just mainland tastes. Coconut oil, if you haven't read, is the best to cook with and the best for your body. I have lived in the mainland all of my life and have now lived in Hawaii for several years. Don't just judge it bcuz you didn't like one brand of it. There are several brands. You can also make deodorant from it DIY! It actually does not clog your arteries as well like all the deep fried crap served back home!

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