posted on Apr, 25 2009 @ 03:58 PM
The most reliable source of information I have found on cooking oils in general and coconut oil in particular is in the following book:
Fat chance : surviving the cholesterol controversy and beyond
By Dennis Willmont. Copyright 2005 Willmountain Press, paperback, 271 pages.
Since this is a self-published book you will have to either buy it from his website (that's what I did) or send a check to the mailing address:
496 Pine Street
Marshfield MA 02050
(781) 837-3455 ... the website is: www.willmountain.com
Mr. Willmont's background is unconventional but he proves he does know his science. His book has an extensive references section, and shows an
awareness of related work in the nutrition field done by other authoritative and more well-known writers such as Udo Erasmus, Mary Enig, PhD, and
others. And no, I have no business connection with Mr. Willmont.
For coconut oil, the most important words or phrases on the product label to be aware of are "cold pressed", "centrifuge extracted" and
"organic." The first two terms certify that no damaging heat or solvents were ever applied to the coconut, and the term "organic" should be
accompanied by the name of the organization which certified the organic status.
For any food grade oil, other descriptive terms such as "extra virgin" and "cold pressed" are insufficient to verify the actual product quality;
unfortunately, these terms have marketing value only. As of now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require processors of food oils
to reveal anywhere on the food label that regardless of "cold pressing" etc, that their subsequent oil processing does involve the application of
damaging heat, solvents and what-all. Therefore the key word to look for on the label is the word "unrefined." Current law states that the word
unrefined can only be used on food grade oil products if the product is truly unrefined.
Here are some examples of websites featuring "centrifuge extracted" coconut oil:
A current list of companies which sell unrefined vegetable oils includes Flora, Omega Nutrition, Spectrum, Barleans, Health from Sun, Eden, Living
Harvest, and Coconut Oil Supreme. My apologies to newer companies selling unrefined vegetable oil that I have not listed, but keep in mind that new
companies are being formed all the time.
Be also aware that rice bran oil is never organic and never unrefined ... apparently it is not commercially feasible to produce high-quality rice bran
Willmont's above book also confirms in ghastly detail the role played by the U.S. soy industry starting in the 20th century to discredit coconut oil
so that soy products could gain market share.
Olive oil: Last month, I went to a Whole Foods market and examined about 15 shelves of olive oil. After checking each item, I found 2 bottles which
featured the magic word "unrefined." These were each small bottles in dark glass from small producers, both of which had organic certification. So
check the labels carefully ...it's a dangerous world.
[edit on 4/25/2009 by Uphill]