A quick google search revealed that shea butter is in fact edible but I don't see many people consuming it. Are there any potential problems with it as a food source? It is generally high in monounsaturated fat and stearic acid, and the price is reasonable enough, I just don't know how safe its consumption is.
I haven't used it, but it looks like other people have tried it.
I spend so much of my time slathering it all over my knees/elbows, slathering it on eczema for BF, rubbing it onto feet...I think I'm good. I just can't think of it in that way...coconut oil on the other hand, great for body+belly.
Yes, unrefined shea is edible - you really have to know the quality of the shea before attempting to eat it.
Only pure grade A is edible.
Shea does not go rancid so quickly - if it does then it is down to the manufacturing process as there are different grades from A to E.
Yes, I have eaten shea - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4ZJyxfvdh4