Coconut Oil FAQs
How is Wilderness Family Naturals virgin coconut oil different from the
other virgin coconut oils?
Both of our virgin coconut
oils experience very little heat during processing. The
centrifuged virgin coconut oil is exposed to maximum
temperatures of 40° C (about 104° F) and the cold-pressed
coconut oil is processed at about 98.6° F or 37° C.
Neither oil is exposed to extremely "low" or high temperatures.
Coconut oils sold by other
companies are made using processes that require heat. For example,
traditional fermentation coconut oil may say it is
produced with "low heat", when in reality they heat their coconut oil to
200° F ( near the boiling point of water) for 2 hours during their
final processing step. Since a finger stuck in 200° water would suffer
first degree burns, many people do not consider this low heat. Other
coconut oils are made by drying coconut to create a standard desiccated
coconut. Standard drying of coconut exposes the flakes to temperatures of
180° Fahrenheit for at least 20 minutes. Then the desiccated
coconut is pressed with an expeller press. The pressure increases
the temperature of the oil once again to levels over 200°. Unlike the
above oils, all Wilderness Family Naturals' virgin coconut oils are
raw, and never heated.
When virgin coconut oils are
made by a heated process they tend to have a stronger, almost toasted
coconut taste. That is why many chefs select roasted oils. When oils are
heated it enhances their flavor. Because our coconut oils
are completely raw, the coconut flavor is very mild, smooth and subtle.
The free fatty acid content and moisture
content are very low in our virgin coconut oils.
Wilderness Family Naturals has evaluated over 50 different Virgin Coconut
Oils and carry what they feel are the two best Virgin Coconut
Oils available. This evaluation is based on the fatty acid
content, free fatty acids, the moisture content, the temperatures used
during processing, the laboratory analysis, organic certification, shelf
life and taste.
How is Virgin Coconut Oil different than standard coconut oil found in
retails stores and grocery store chains?
Standard coconut oils, found
in most retail stores, are generally less expensive than virgin
coconut oils. Standard coconut oil is produced on
a large scale and made from copra. Copra is naturally dried coconut meat
that becomes slightly rancid as it is air dried or smoke dried. Flies may
land on it and mold spores may begin to grow as the copra dries. If
copra is dried quickly, then an outside smoking pit is used which covers
the copra with soot. Oil pressed from the copra may have a solvent used
during the extraction process. Oil made from the copra is originally called
crude coconut oil and is labeled "not fit for human
When using a standard process, the crude
coconut oil made from copra must then be refined with lye,
bleached with acid and alkaline clays, and then deodorized at high heat
with a vacuum (steam distilled). This RBD process not only removes the bad
taste and smell from the original rancid oil, but it also removes much of
the nutrients and nutritional components. This RBD oil is mass produced and
the oil is cheap to buy. It is a fairly bland oil containing a slight
burnt-bacon taste, is odorless, and exhibits a light tan-beige color. This
oil retains most of the triglycerides of the original coconut, but it is
missing the flavors and quality that is intact in Wilderness Family
Natural's Virgin Coconut Oils.
Wilderness Family Naturals' Virgin
coconut oils are made from the first pressing of fresh coconut
without the addition of any chemicals. They retain the light taste of
coconuts and are never refined, bleached or deodorized. Virgin Coconut oils
are not made from Copra and are never exposed to solvents. Because of the
special, careful way in which they are produced, they are a little more
expensive, but most health-conscious people feel the extra expense is worth
How should I store my Virgin Coconut Oil? Does it need to be
Because Wilderness Family Naturals'
coconut oil has such low moisture content, no break down products
or contaminants, it is very stable. Therefore, it is not necessary to
refrigerate this oil.
If you do refrigerate coconut
oil it will become "hard as a rock" and you will need to warm the
oil in order to scoop any out of the jar. The most important thing to
consider when deciding how you will store your coconut oil
is to keep it out of direct sunlight or high heat. I would not recommend a
damp place such as moist basements. Over time, with repeated exposure to
mold spores, you may get some growth in the oil. The best place to store
coconut oil is a cupboard or closet that does not become
overly hot in the summer.
A pantry, closet or shelf in your kitchen will
work fine. At room temperature, your virgin coconut oil will easily last 2
years in your pantry. The manufacturers say it has a 3 year shelf life.
How much coconut oil should a person ingest?
The research done by Dr. Mary Enig and Dr.
John Kabara in the US and Dr. Dayrit in the Philippines used 3 ½
tablespoons per day. Some people have eaten as much as 8 tablespoons a day
for extended lengths of time. Others use only a few teaspoons a day.
Coconut oil is a food not a supplement or a drug so there is no real
Is your coconut oil organic?
Yes, all of our coconut oil is
organic. Wilderness Family Naturals' Coconut Oils
are organically certified through International Certification Services.
How do I use this coconut oil?
You may substitute this coconut
oil for any of the other oils you currently use. This
coconut oil greatly enhances the flavor of baked goods,
making them mouth wateringly good. It can be used in deep fat fryers,
for sautéing, in baked goods, for popping popped corn, etc. just as
you might use any other oil. However, this oil is very stable and will not
easily oxidize at high temperatures.
If you store this oil on top of your hot water
heater it will always be a liquid for you. If you keep it where it is
cooler, it will always be a solid. Some people use solid coconut
oil as a butter substitute and the liquid oil as cooking oil.
Some, who do not like the strong coconut taste, mix the coconut
oil with olive, natural palm oil or butter for cooking. Sometimes
they mix their coconut oil with a nut-butter (like peanut,
almond, or cashew butter) for a spread.
Some people who want to make sure they get
several tablespoons of coconut oil each day add the
coconut oil to their smoothies or green food drinks.
Others just eat it off the spoon.
Is it safe to fry foods with virgin coconut oil?
Yes, coconut oil is the most
stable of all natural oils. It has a long shelf life and can withstand
higher temperatures than any other natural nut or seed oil. This oil will
not form trans-fatty acids, oxidize, nor breakdown at high temperature.
Do I still need to worry about essential fatty acids?
The uniqueness of coconut oil is found in its
medium chain fatty acids. Though coconut oil supplies a healthy body with a
large amount of medium chain fatty acids there are no essential fatty acids
in coconut oil.
Essential fatty acids are needed by the body
in small amounts and they must come through the diet. These fatty acids
will need to be found in other foods.
Does your coconut oil see any heat?
Both of Wilderness Family Naturals
Virgin Coconut Oils are raw and never exposed to heat
above 40 degrees C.
Wilderness Family Naturals' Certified
Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil is not a
virgin coconut oil and it
is exposed to heat above 200 degrees F.
However, it is an organic refined coconut oil that is
never exposed to solvents. This oil is unique, when compared to other
refined coconut oils, because it goes through a special
cleaning process in Holland. After the cleaning, it is almost completely
clear when warm (liquid) and white when solid (cooled). In many respects it
is very similar to virgin coconut oil but contains no
coconut taste. Because the oil is so clean, many people favor it to cook
with. Since they will be cooking with the oil they do not care that it is
produced at higher temperatures and most cooks do not want coconut flavors
in all their dishes.
Is this oil partially hydrogenated or can it become partially
Coconut oil is a very stable
oil and it is not readily oxidized or hydrogenated. It contains mostly
saturated medium length fatty acids (64-74%) that will not and cannot form
trans-fatty acids or oxidize.
To partially hydrogenate coconut
oil would take a powered nickel catalyst like the hydrogenation
processors use and high heat along with hydrogen gas. This will not happen
in your kitchen. When you see partially hydrogenated coconut or palm oil
listed as an ingredient on a label, it is usually the palm oil that is
hydrogenated and not the coconut oil. However, the 0-2%
of fatty acids in coconut oil that are poly-unsaturated
can theoretically be partially hydrogenated in a hydrogenation laboratory.
This would then yield a small amount of trans fats. But this cannot happen
in your kitchen.
Can I order this virgin coconut oil delivered faster than regular ground
Yes, when you are ordering from Wilderness
Family Naturals online just select the type of shipping you would like. If
you would prefer to send in a money order or check give US a call and we
will look up shipping charges for you.
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