I've been buying the same brand of coconut oil for a long time now, and I've been very happy about it... Until now.
When I opened a new jar, I just ate a table spoon of coconut oil without really thinking about it. It tasted extremely 'chemical', it actually hurt my throat. Normally, it doesn't have much of a smell or taste (just a very mild coconut smell), but this time it was extremely bad. I've been using coconut oil for many months now (and I use a lot) and I've never encountered this. Oh, by the way, the expiration date says Dec 2013, so that shouldn't be the problem. The oil has always been stored at room temperature, as I always do, so that shouldn't be the problem either.
There were also some small, black dots in it here and there, as if there is some 'dirt' in there....
I've only eaten one table spoon, but it still worries me. Is it harmful to eat such coconut oil? What makes it smell so bad?