So I've been getting my coconut oil from Nuts Online. It's the raw variety: http://www.nutsonline.com/nuts/coconut/oil.html . After months of denial I've finally admitted to myself that I can't stand it. It has a soapy aftertaste that's just... ugh.
What are good alternatives to raw oil? Far as I understand, there's the virgin oil that tastes and smells like coconuts - is it same as raw, or is it somehow different? Does refined oil have any taste or smell? Do any of them have a funny aftertaste? Which one should I get if I don't want my veggies to smell and taste like coconut? Which has the most health benefits?
i get the nutivia from vitacost. the price is great and i dont like using any refined oils if i can avoid it. there is coconut flavor to it, but if i dont want that taste, i use ghee or lard.
If you want tasteless coconut oil my favorite is Jarrow Expeller pressed:
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My favorite Extra Virgin Coconut oil is Nutiva which i get at iherb or whatever place I'm ordering from when I need it.
Refined coconut oil has no taste or smell, at least in my experience with the Luanna brand. I'm trying out Nutiva now and that's definitely coconut-y. That flavor works with somethings, not others. I personally think the whole cold-pressed extra virgin idea is rather pointless and mostly hype.
We usually get Nutiva unrefined.
Amazon.com has the best deals, especially if you get the 54oz container.
But sometimes it's even better than than.
A few days ago I ordered a 2 pack of the 54oz for $36 total with free shipping, which is completely ridiculous. But that deal is over now.
I have also ordered Tropical Traditions Gold Label many times, but it's too rare to find a deal good enough to compete with the Nutiva prices on Amazon.
I use virgin coconut oil when I want that coconut taste (eg in a Thai dish), but in most cases I'd prefer not to have the coconut taste. So for these cases I also have the refined stuff, which is flavorless. I use the refined coconut oil a lot more often, eg frying eggs in it each morning.
I use Spectrum for the refined coconut oil. Spectrum also has Virgin coconut oil but it's not as good as Nutiva. (Those are the only brands I've tried thus far)
So to sum up:
As far as health benefits: Paul Jaminet of Perfect Health Diet (who is a big coconut oil proponent) said in his blog somewhere that refined coconut oil is made up of the same MCT's as virgin, and therefore should have all the same health benefits.
I really like the tropical tradition's gold label coconut oil. It sure tastes much coconut, but in a good way :)
If you like something less tasty, you can try the expeller pressed one.
No, I do not wok for them. Just a happy customer!
I've actually had better luck with TT's green label virgin CO, I tried the gold label but to me it had that "soapy" aftertaste while the green label tasted just coconutty. I also like Nutiva a lot. Those are the only 2 I can personally recommend. I like the coconut flavor and lots of it, can't deal with the soapy taste.
You can get refined coconut oil that hasn't been bleached or deodorized. That is best for most cooking when you don't want the coconut taste or smell. Still the same benefits.
Otherwise I would go with a fermented brand of coconut oil which is how coconut oil has traditionally been prepared. The centrifuged raw coconut oil is just a modern day fad and might possibly explain the health problems some people are having with consuming coconut oil.
Personally I prefer using coconut milk in dishes that call for it and then using another animal based oil for cooking, frying and generally eschewing straight coconut oil for cooking all together.
Can anyone say lard? LOL
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