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White kernel vs whole kernel coconut oil.

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Created July 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Dr. Bronner's has two coconut oils available, which I recently spotted at a local Whole Foods. One is "white kernel" while the other is "whole kernel", but it's not clear what the differences are beyond this. Is one better for cooking? How about for topical application (skin/hair)? Is there a specific reason I'd want one over the other?

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4620 · August 12, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Awesome! Straight from the coconut master himself.

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1906 · July 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM

A Whole Foods [team member states](http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/03/fair-trade-coconut-oil/) that the white kernel oil is from only the white part of the coconut, while the whole kernel oil includes oil from the brown exterior. If this is true, why would that make the whole kernel oil more nutritious?

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1906 · July 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM

A Whole Foods [team member states](http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/03/fair-trade-coconut-oil/) that the white kernel oil is from only the white part of the coconut, while the whole kernel oil includes oil from the brown exterior. If this is true, why would that make the whole kernel oil more nutritious?

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15976 · July 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Yeah, bronnor's site at that link doesn't offer any real information. Fail. It seems like he whole kernel is a bit more of a whole product

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55 · August 12, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Here's the scoop everyone. I emailed Bruce Fife and this was his response:

" The difference between the ???white kernel??? and ???Whole kernel??? is that the whole kernel would include the brown membrane that separates the kernel from the shell. This membrane has a higher content of unsaturated fatty acids. That is basically the only significant difference. Even then, the differences between the two would not amount to much.

Best, Bruce"

In other words, pretty negligible difference at most.....

Hope that helps!

Adrienne

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4620 · August 12, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Awesome! Straight from the coconut master himself.

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606 · July 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Whole kernel is marginally more nutritious and has a slightly nuttier flavor. They're both unrefined so they have the same smoke point. Honestly, there's not too much of a difference between them. (from a cooking perspective)

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1906 · July 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM

A Whole Foods [team member states](http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/03/fair-trade-coconut-oil/) that the white kernel oil is from only the white part of the coconut, while the whole kernel oil includes oil from the brown exterior. If this is true, why would that make the whole kernel oil more nutritious?

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1906 · July 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM

A Whole Foods [team member states](http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/03/fair-trade-coconut-oil/) that the white kernel oil is from only the white part of the coconut, while the whole kernel oil includes oil from the brown exterior. If this is true, why would that make the whole kernel oil more nutritious?

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60 · March 09, 2012 at 4:44 AM

Look up "paring oil." It is an oil pressed out of the coconut attached to the "testa" after the white meat is dessicated for dried coconut production. In other words, a left over product that is being cleverly marketed.

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78422 · August 12, 2011 at 9:11 PM

i took the whole kernel too, and i'll be a monkey's uncle if ole doc bronner doesn't make the best coconut oil out there! i think it tastes better than any other brand i've tried. don't eat his soap though :0

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0 · July 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Calling coconut oil a "left over" product is a bit harsh, no? Using every part of the product, regardless what product, seems efficient from a business stand point, ecologically sound and while providing a product that has real value and benefits. One can legitimately wonder which is the by-product, the oil or dried coconut.

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153 · July 23, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Good question. I opted for whole kernel recently based on the theory that "whole" would be somehow more nutritious. Not much flavor difference that I could notice.

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