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Why don't more restaurants use expeller-pressed coconut oil?

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM
Created December 02, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Expeller-pressed coconut oil is healthier and, at least on the international commodities market, cheaper than canola oil. So why don't more restaurants use it as their cooking oil of choice, particularly as its reputation for being a healthy oil is becoming more widespread among a large group of folks - not just those in the paleo community?

Like canola oil it's tasteless, but it does it affect cooking in some other way? Is it hard to buy in bulk in the United States? Help me understand!

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10984 · December 02, 2012 at 1:07 AM

There's a demand for coconut oil, and an unmet supply, I swear there's a way to profit from knowing this...

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48 · December 02, 2012 at 1:00 AM

There's a growing awareness that coconut oil is healthier. I would expect at least some restaurants to begin using it as a result, but I haven't heard of any despite following restaurant practices and the industry closely. Shipping doesn't add that much to the costs: canola costs about as much in Jamaica as it does here, for example, despite the fact that rapeseed can't be grown on the island.

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48 · December 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM

You can check the commodity prices here: http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=coconut-oil and here: http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=rapeseed-oil Coconut oil is currently a few hundred dollars cheaper per ton than rapeseed oil, though generally the difference is less. I'm not sure if restaurants in the United States have access to inexpensive coconut oil - that's in part why I asked the question.

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1667 · December 02, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Great question, its my opinion that vegtable oils are still thought to be considered "healthy." Not to mention coconut oil usually has to be shipped from the tropics adding a logistics cost to it.

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0 · March 07, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Most people are still entrenched in the "saturated fat is bad" dogma, so they wouldn´t qualify coconut oil as healthy.

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0 · March 07, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Many people have tree nut allergies including to coconuts. My daughter would have to significantly reduce her eating out if more restaurants started using it.

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10984 · December 02, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Coconut Oil's last stand was in movie theatre popcorn in the 80's-90's Coconut Oil's Last Stand!! Don't you realize yet that Canola oil is better? lol, that's the reasoning though.

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26002 · December 02, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Where did you get the price? I have never seen coconut oil even approach the price of canola oil. Also which places use canola? Most use some blend of left over oils...

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10984 · December 02, 2012 at 1:07 AM

There's a demand for coconut oil, and an unmet supply, I swear there's a way to profit from knowing this...

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48 · December 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM

You can check the commodity prices here: http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=coconut-oil and here: http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=rapeseed-oil Coconut oil is currently a few hundred dollars cheaper per ton than rapeseed oil, though generally the difference is less. I'm not sure if restaurants in the United States have access to inexpensive coconut oil - that's in part why I asked the question.

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