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Can you use popcorn coconut oil to cook with?

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Created July 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I saw solid coconut oil being sold in a bulk box of 35lbs for like $45 at The Web Restaurant Store meant for use with popcorn. They had both solid and solid white. But even with googling it, I couldn't find out whether you could use it for other cooking. Is there a difference with this type of coconut oil that makes it only for popcorn? It's a great price, otherwise.

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311 · July 31, 2012 at 3:58 AM

My guess is that the CO is fractionated or somehow decanted (and not hydrogenated). Fractionation is simply the process of separating the shorter and longer molecular chain 'fractions' of the oil, the shorter chain fractions being valuable to the cosmetic and aromatherapy industries. (They remain liquid at lower temperatures) You may not be getting all of the health benefits of the complete oil, but getting the harder fractions. Just an option to consider. Available info is often either too simplistic or too technical.

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0 · July 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

It is refined, but lists trans fat as zero. The only ingredient listed is "refined coconut oil". I read that all coconut oil has health benefits, although they increase with the less refined it is. Right now, price and stability are my primary concerns. I just need to know if it can be used for cooking anything other than popcorn. If there are any benefits healthwise over vegetable oil, that's a bonus. I do have a couple of jars of the more expensive stuff from the grocery store. Thanks.

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0 · July 30, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I've read all the info on Tropical Traditions, and realize that the health benefits go up the less refined the product is, but also read that all coconut oil has some benefits. Price is of more concern to me at this point and the stability for longer term storage.

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0 · July 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM

They have both solid coconut oil and solid white coconut oil. The nutrition info is only available for the white. It doesn't mention "hydrogenated", but does list trans as 0g. Saturated fat is 24g out of 28g It is refined. I'm not a "health nut", but have heard that all coconut oil has health benefits and doesn't turn rancid as fast as many oils because of its stability. I realize that there are more health benefits to the less refined coconut oils, but that's not as big a concern to me as price.

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311 · July 28, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Coconut oil and coconut butter are different products - The flesh of the coconut is 65% oil and coconut butter incorporates more of the fruit. It is a little like the difference between peanut butter and peanut oil. Melting point of coconut oil and coconut butter is around 76F.

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3221 · July 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM

This could be coconut butter

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6107 · July 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

That's what I was thinking. Currently my coconut oil is perfectly liquid, during the hot summer--and that's with air conditioning on!

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5201 · July 27, 2012 at 8:24 PM

is there anything else in it besides coconut oil? if just coconut oil, then i think it's ok.

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311 · July 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Best avoided - It sounds as if it could be hydogenated if it is sold boxed - "The melting point of hydrogenated coconut oil is 97???104 ??F (36???40 ??C)"wikipedia.

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3221 · July 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM

This could be coconut butter

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6107 · July 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

That's what I was thinking. Currently my coconut oil is perfectly liquid, during the hot summer--and that's with air conditioning on!

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311 · July 28, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Coconut oil and coconut butter are different products - The flesh of the coconut is 65% oil and coconut butter incorporates more of the fruit. It is a little like the difference between peanut butter and peanut oil. Melting point of coconut oil and coconut butter is around 76F.

Da12b342d4959f5bd776c0f00b072a6c
311 · July 31, 2012 at 3:58 AM

My guess is that the CO is fractionated or somehow decanted (and not hydrogenated). Fractionation is simply the process of separating the shorter and longer molecular chain 'fractions' of the oil, the shorter chain fractions being valuable to the cosmetic and aromatherapy industries. (They remain liquid at lower temperatures) You may not be getting all of the health benefits of the complete oil, but getting the harder fractions. Just an option to consider. Available info is often either too simplistic or too technical.

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0 · July 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM

They have both solid coconut oil and solid white coconut oil. The nutrition info is only available for the white. It doesn't mention "hydrogenated", but does list trans as 0g. Saturated fat is 24g out of 28g It is refined. I'm not a "health nut", but have heard that all coconut oil has health benefits and doesn't turn rancid as fast as many oils because of its stability. I realize that there are more health benefits to the less refined coconut oils, but that's not as big a concern to me as price.

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3221 · July 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I'm not familiar with that specific product but i don't see why you shouldn't use it.

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779 · July 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM

You'll just have to check the labelling or dig into the company to find out if the oil has been buggered with. If it hasn't, their going to be suprised by a bunch of new orders!

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0 · July 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

It is refined, but lists trans fat as zero. The only ingredient listed is "refined coconut oil". I read that all coconut oil has health benefits, although they increase with the less refined it is. Right now, price and stability are my primary concerns. I just need to know if it can be used for cooking anything other than popcorn. If there are any benefits healthwise over vegetable oil, that's a bonus. I do have a couple of jars of the more expensive stuff from the grocery store. Thanks.

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161 · July 27, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Find out whether it's refined or unrefined and whether it's organic then make your decision as to whether you should purchase it or choose another manufacturer like Nutiva or Tropical Traditions.

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0 · July 30, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I've read all the info on Tropical Traditions, and realize that the health benefits go up the less refined the product is, but also read that all coconut oil has some benefits. Price is of more concern to me at this point and the stability for longer term storage.

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