I cannot afford to buy Virgin Coconut Oil on a regular basis, so trying to go down to the cheaper RBD (Refined, Bleached & Deodorized) Coconut Oil. My jar comes from KTC edibles and is advertised as "Pure coconut oil".
How safe is it to eat by the spoon? Should I stop eating it and use it only to moisturize my face & body?
I'd definitely not recommend skimping on quality oils. Fats and oils are the things you want the BEST possible quality of in your body. Consider this... if you avoid fat from animal meats (meaning you eat lean cuts of commercial meats) to save money, then the quality of fats you get into your body should be the best they can be. Fats help shape our cells and maintain cell-wall integrity. If you aren't eating grass-fed meats and organic veggies, buy quality oils at the very least. I posted a link to this before, but check out my post on fats and oils for a PDF guide to which are healthy vs not...
Bumping this since no one answered the question (is RBD "safe").
Matt Stone wrote something on the subject, saying "Refined coconut oil is not necessarily something I recommend because it is superior to extra virgin coconut oil. It’s not really" but are there any negative sides to it ? He doesn't think so.
A reader contacted KTC and was replied with ""KTC Coconut Oil is 100% pure, refined coconut oil. The oil is not hydrogenated in any way and hexane is not used in the refining process.""
I bought Nutiva's organic extra-virgin coconut oil by the gallon for only $50. It is wonderful. I cook with it almost every night and haven't even made a dent in the gallon tub. (I've had the gallon for about 3 months.)
I also buy Nutiva. You can get it Raw or reguarl organic. And that $50 includes shipping. If a gallon is too much, you can get a half gallon from Swansons vitamins website for I think just a tiny bit less (about $20 ish), but you have to pay $4.99 shipping.
Coconut oil keeps a long time at room temp. And you have to be careful with grovery store coconut oil, it can be very processed and hydrogenated.