Is MCT oil safe for human consumption?
If you do plan on using/consuming an MCT oil, be sure the label clearly lists the ingredients and discloses how it was produced. Many MCT oils are chemically altered and contain unhealthy fillers like polyunsaturated fats, and due to their refining process may use harsh solvents and chemicals in manufacturing. Learn more …
What is the difference between MCT oil and coconut oil?
Saying MCT oil is the same, better, or worse than coconut oil is just not accurate. One side argues that MCT oils do not include lauric acid (C12) because it is rare and more costly to include, while the other side argues that C12 is a less efficient way to obtain energy and adds nothing extra to the product. MCT oil makers advocate using only C8 and C10 (or 100% of one or the other) because they are the most rapidly metabolized for energy. It basically comes down to coconut oil is high in lauric acid which has well-documented …
What is MCT oil?
MCT oil is not an oil found in nature, but is instead manufactured by machine. The fatty acids are extracted through an industrial process of fractionation and concentrated into MCT oil. The logic is that since MCTs are healthy, the more the better. However, lauric acid (C12) is totally void, or present only in minuscule amounts in MCT oil. This has caused much debate on the matter. Learn more …
What are MCTs?
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a form of saturated fatty acid that has numerous health benefits. Coconut oil is one great source of MCTs. Roughly 65% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides. There are four kinds of MCTs: caproic (C6), caprylic (C8), capric (C10) and lauric (C12) acids. Generally speaking, the shorter the chain (meaning the lower the number of carbons the acid has), the faster the body can turn the fatty acids into ketones (usable energy). Learn more …
Are expeller-pressed coconut oils safe to consume?
Expeller-pressed coconut oils can be a good option if you do not want to pay the premium for virgin oils. They are also a good option for those who do not like the taste of coconuts, or don’t want a strong coconut flavor for baking, sautéing and stir-frying, certain foods. Just be certain that no chemicals or solvents were used in the process. Learn more …
What does expeller-pressed mean on the label of coconut oil?
The expeller-pressed extraction method is used to produce RBD (refined, bleached and deodorized) oils. During production the coconut meat is dried (most often by sun or smoke) and then pressed in large expeller presses. The resulting coconut oil is crude and must be refined or cleaned to minimize free fatty acids, remove remaining moisture, and minimize bad flavors or aromas. Learn more …
What does it mean when a coconut oil is organic?
Organic labeling of coconut oil products usually signifies that no harsh chemicals or solvents were used in the production. Learn more …
What does it mean when a coconut oil is bleached?
Bleaching simply refers to the filtering process to remove impurities and is generally not a chemical process. Learn more …
Are refined or RBD coconut oils a good choice for infusions?
Most coconut oils available on the market today are refined or RBD (refined, bleached and deodorized). If a label doesn’t say it is otherwise, then it is most likely refined. These are typically the least expensive of all coconut oils. Refined coconut oil should deliver a light, delicate flavor. RBD oils go through a refining process. This process does not require harsh solvents (like lye or hexane), but some manufacturers will use them to speed up the process. If a product doesn’t say it is solvent free, it is a safe bet it was chemically processed and …
Why do different brands of coconut oil taste different?
With the exception of virgin oil, all other coconut oils use some method of drying. The amount of heat used will determine the quality and taste of the coconut oil. Oils processed at high temperatures may taste of toasted coconut, while those processed at lower temperatures tend to deliver more of a mild, raw coconut flavor. If the oil was poorly processed, it may exhibit burnt or rancid qualities. Learn more …

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