I've heard some people say they don't like this particular brand. Why? I tried it and found it to be fine. If you are one of these people, what brand do you get? I've heard good things about nutiva, but I'm not thrilled about the plastic container.
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Some people (both me and my husband) find that Spectrum has a kind of metallic flavor. I've seen on numerous Real Food sites that others have the same issue with Spectrum. However, my parents recently bought me a huge tube of Wilderness Family Naturals refined coconut oil, and that has a very slight metallic tang to it too, so it may have something to do with the refining process and not the specific brand. Some people don't notice any flavor to it, so I'd recommend buying a small jar first, and if you like it, then get a big tub.
I mainly use virgin coconut oil because I like the flavor and health benefits, but I keep refined for my deep fryer and for moisturizer (seems to work better than virgin as a moisturizer).
FWIW, a scoop of virgin in a pot of refined seems to negate the nasty flavor.
FWIW I "liked" Nutiva on Facebook, but found they're implicitly promoting veganism all the time (always/only promoting vegan or vegetarian recipes, for example). I just "unliked" them the other day! But I still use their product. Even for cooking I like unrefined coconut oil.
i don't like spectrum because they do not seem to give a flip about what they market. if a company sells coconut oil and promotes it as an excellent cooking oil, then they must believe that saturated fat is not unhealthy for you. so why then, are they also one of the largest brands of omega6 laden oils in the world? they sell TONS of seed oils. soybean, corn, safflower, canola... the whole gamut. as far as i'm concerned, they are part of the problem.
look at their oils page... http://www.spectrumorganics.com/?id=6
somethin ain't right with that.
Might as well order bulk from Tropical Traditions. Much better than spectrum. It's 100% authentic, no machines involved. They sell grass fed beef and stuff, so they seem to be paleo friendly as well. = )
spectrum is sold in whole foods which sports a vegan agenda.....hence the venom. Wasteful energy to me. I am glad for vegans......they make more animals available for me.
I use it but I like that everyone's oil tastes a little different. I do buy from Whole foods and get what's on sale most of the time. I do like Artisanna a lot, especially their coconut BUTTER.
I'm sure it is a matter of personal taste, but I found the Spectrum fine to cook with but too "soapy" to eat plain. The only one I like to eat plain is Garden of Life.
I use the more expensive Spectrum coconut oil any time I am making chocolate, frosting, fudge or fat bombs. I have a five gallon bucket of Tropical Traditions gold, but it is not at all palatable to me, so I only use it in baked goods and for cooking. I love Spectrum unrefined and think it is much better raw than Tropical Traditions. I wish I could get it in five gallon pails and I would only purchase Spectrum Unrefined.
I bought it to use on my skin - it does not smell like coconut and it dries my skin, going back to Dr Bronners.
I like spectrum a lot I use it for cooking and for my skin And hair and oh my word love it if people say crap about spectrum they don't know crap at all try can keep there lips closed it all natural helps with detangle rat nest in hair of kids and adults and there no bad tast in it who ever says that needs to get Better pans ect
Spectrum is the brand a available in my grocery store. I have no problem with it, not that I'm a connoisseur.
From what I've seen in the stores....if memory serves....Spectrum is not Extra Virgin, and that's why I don't use it.
I use the Spectrum Coconut Oil Spray daily.