This is the companion post to: Coconut Oil Terms Defined? In this post we look at additional information to keep in mind when searching for a high-quality coconut oil super food. There are many books and blogs touting the health benefits and healing properties of coconut oil, most of which are probably true, but only if you know what you are buying.
Here are some things to keep in mind that will help determine coconut oil quality.
An uneven marble-like texture.
This is actually normal. At times, you may even find some residue. Also, the smell cannot always be exactly the same in a truly natural product. If the oil is all white, opaque, or uniform coloring, or has no coconut smell, or has that perfect “standard” coconut smell, these are all red flags.
Stay away from “liquid coconut oil”.
This is the kind that is always in a liquid state no matter the temperature. It is also known as MCT oil. This is fractionated coconut oil where the healthy lauric acid has been removed.
Can you have deodorized coconut oil that is high–quality?
The answer is yes, but it is hard to find. You usually need to inquire within the company about the processing. All methods to remove the naturally occurring coconut smell will require more industrialized methods; most methods include bleaching and further refining.
Highly refined coconut oil.
Is what will be found as drugstore or mainstream super market ingredients. It is not made from the fresh ripe coconuts that you get when purchasing a high quality coconut oil super food. Instead, these products are made from copra – the unhealthy, old, over-ripe, damaged, coconuts that are usually harvested from the ground as they have already fallen from the tree. Copra is not safe for consumption without being highly refined, bleached and deodorized.
Narrow it down to the best of the best.
Like all supplements, you can have the best 2 or 3 companies in any category that have wonderful, high-quality products using two entirely different methods. Sometimes there isn’t only one best way. At that point you have to trust the integrity of the entire company and their reasons for doing what they do, that their processes are truly in everyone’s best interest, and go from there. We always recommend buying from companies that specialize. If a popular supplement brand all of a sudden offers coconut oil, be ready to ask them the tough questions. Unfortunately, companies do not all reveal this important information and that makes it a challenge to identify coconut oil quality.
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