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Why don't people like spectrum coconut oil?

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Created April 07, 2011 at 1:22 AM

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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1303 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

You're welcome. They may just have a lousy source for coconuts, but I've never tried a virgin coconut oil that had a bad flavor.

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30 · August 04, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I live on Artisana's butter.

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7275 · January 18, 2012 at 2:25 AM

I find most of them too soap, too. I've had good experiences with Dr. Bronner's coconut oil, which is funny, since it's a soap company.

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78417 · April 07, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Watch the video on the Tropical Traditions website: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/ It shows how tropical traditions does it and it looks more sanitary lol.

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1303 · April 07, 2011 at 6:00 PM

mari- There's no official standard for virgin vs extra virgin, so you have to check with each manufacturer to find out what their definition is.

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7324 · April 07, 2011 at 5:24 PM

It is expensive. My dad doesn't want to pay the money for a freezer though. What the heck. We did the same thing for mineral water. I'd buy mineral water until we got a water filter. I think he's coming around though.

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18412 · April 07, 2011 at 2:50 PM

good grief! That coconut oil press in the picture on that link you just posted looks straight NASTY. I hope that is not commonplace for these companies that produce coconut oil. How absolutely disgusting. Here's how many companies should be operating machines in areas that look like that to produce a food product: ZERO. yuck.

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18412 · April 07, 2011 at 1:52 PM

you get your gf beef at WF? ouch. i walk right past it unless they have a sale on it. it seems too expensive to me. i'm considering ordering from slanker's. maybe getting the family value pack or even 1/4 cow. also, tropical traditions has steak packages, but i've never ordered from there and have always wondered if it's good.

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18412 · April 07, 2011 at 1:47 PM

yes. jungle products makes good tropical oils too. http://www.junglepi.com/products/index.html . and i think nutiva tastes as good as any coconut oil and is the most available all over the net for really good deals.

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10768 · April 07, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Oranges13: I feel that way about most coconut oil, but the TT Gold label is always in danger of getting snacked on.

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1702 · April 07, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Theirs is like candy I have to keep myself from eating it out of the jar.

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7324 · April 07, 2011 at 10:41 AM

well... I go to whole foods. Much better produce selection and for the time being I'm getting my grassfed beef there.

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7324 · April 07, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I wonder if it's the coconut flavor itself that is slightly metallic? But this is what I was looking for, thanks.

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7324 · April 07, 2011 at 10:38 AM

But is there any difference between extra virgin and virgin? I know there is for olive oil, but I didn't think so for coconut.

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78417 · April 07, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Yea I would rather go with a company that specializes in tropical oils. Everyone likes tropical traditions for instance, the masters!

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78417 · April 07, 2011 at 2:55 AM

Yea not modern day machines and usage of chemicals though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expeller_pressing

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2633 · April 07, 2011 at 2:46 AM

I also buy TT, and I do believe there's machines involved.

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40 · April 07, 2011 at 2:11 AM

I use the Organic Refined Spectrum to cook with and love it, so does my picky son! I also keep a jar at my parents' house & at work for cooking. It can be used for medium high heat & doesn't have any flavor or scent so it doesn't affect what I'm cooking (I personally don't want any coconut flavor in my food unless I intend it). I don't eat it plain. I purchase it at Wegman's.

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255 · April 07, 2011 at 1:42 AM

tastes great to me!

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7324 · April 07, 2011 at 1:24 AM

I guess I've heard that over at MDA, but I was really just curious as it seems quite good to me.

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56606 · April 07, 2011 at 1:23 AM

they don't...lol, just cooked with it...

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1303 · April 07, 2011 at 3:45 AM

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.

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1303 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

You're welcome. They may just have a lousy source for coconuts, but I've never tried a virgin coconut oil that had a bad flavor.

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7324 · April 07, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I wonder if it's the coconut flavor itself that is slightly metallic? But this is what I was looking for, thanks.

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1453 · April 07, 2011 at 2:48 AM

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.

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10768 · April 07, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Oranges13: I feel that way about most coconut oil, but the TT Gold label is always in danger of getting snacked on.

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1702 · April 07, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Theirs is like candy I have to keep myself from eating it out of the jar.

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18412 · April 07, 2011 at 4:03 AM

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.

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18412 · April 07, 2011 at 1:47 PM

yes. jungle products makes good tropical oils too. http://www.junglepi.com/products/index.html . and i think nutiva tastes as good as any coconut oil and is the most available all over the net for really good deals.

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78417 · April 07, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Yea I would rather go with a company that specializes in tropical oils. Everyone likes tropical traditions for instance, the masters!

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78417 · April 07, 2011 at 2:40 AM

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. = )

http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/

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78417 · April 07, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Watch the video on the Tropical Traditions website: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/ It shows how tropical traditions does it and it looks more sanitary lol.

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18412 · April 07, 2011 at 2:50 PM

good grief! That coconut oil press in the picture on that link you just posted looks straight NASTY. I hope that is not commonplace for these companies that produce coconut oil. How absolutely disgusting. Here's how many companies should be operating machines in areas that look like that to produce a food product: ZERO. yuck.

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78417 · April 07, 2011 at 2:55 AM

Yea not modern day machines and usage of chemicals though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expeller_pressing

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2633 · April 07, 2011 at 2:46 AM

I also buy TT, and I do believe there's machines involved.

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25467 · April 07, 2011 at 1:42 AM

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.

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7324 · April 07, 2011 at 5:24 PM

It is expensive. My dad doesn't want to pay the money for a freezer though. What the heck. We did the same thing for mineral water. I'd buy mineral water until we got a water filter. I think he's coming around though.

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18412 · April 07, 2011 at 1:52 PM

you get your gf beef at WF? ouch. i walk right past it unless they have a sale on it. it seems too expensive to me. i'm considering ordering from slanker's. maybe getting the family value pack or even 1/4 cow. also, tropical traditions has steak packages, but i've never ordered from there and have always wondered if it's good.

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7324 · April 07, 2011 at 10:41 AM

well... I go to whole foods. Much better produce selection and for the time being I'm getting my grassfed beef there.

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4625 · April 07, 2011 at 4:04 AM

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.

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30 · August 04, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I live on Artisana's butter.

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150 · April 07, 2011 at 1:52 AM

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.

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7275 · January 18, 2012 at 2:25 AM

I find most of them too soap, too. I've had good experiences with Dr. Bronner's coconut oil, which is funny, since it's a soap company.

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40 · April 07, 2011 at 2:11 AM

I use the Organic Refined Spectrum to cook with and love it, so does my picky son! I also keep a jar at my parents' house & at work for cooking. It can be used for medium high heat & doesn't have any flavor or scent so it doesn't affect what I'm cooking (I personally don't want any coconut flavor in my food unless I intend it). I don't eat it plain. I purchase it at Wegman's.

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0 · May 05, 2014 at 1:50 PM

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.

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0 · January 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I bought it to use on my skin - it does not smell like coconut and it dries my skin, going back to Dr Bronners.

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0 · August 04, 2012 at 6:11 PM

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

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13635 · April 07, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Spectrum is the brand a available in my grocery store. I have no problem with it, not that I'm a connoisseur.

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454 · April 07, 2011 at 6:36 AM

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.

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1303 · April 07, 2011 at 6:00 PM

mari- There's no official standard for virgin vs extra virgin, so you have to check with each manufacturer to find out what their definition is.

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7324 · April 07, 2011 at 10:38 AM

But is there any difference between extra virgin and virgin? I know there is for olive oil, but I didn't think so for coconut.

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620 · April 07, 2011 at 1:57 AM

I use the Spectrum Coconut Oil Spray daily.

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421 · April 07, 2011 at 1:51 AM

I use Spectrum refined coconut oil and consider it very high quality.

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