Buying a Good Coconut Oil
Interview with Dr. Bruce Fife
Interviewed by Raena Morgan
January 20, 2009
Raena Morgan: What do we need to look for when we’re shopping for coconut oil?
Dr. Bruce Fife: Well, one of the things you’ll want to get is a virgin coconut oil. There are basically two types of coconut oil. So, there’s the virgin coconut oil and then there’s the RBD oil—Refined Bleached and Deodorized. Now, both oils are good. Both oils are healthy. But I prefer the virgin coconut oil because it has minimal processing. It is as close to nature as possible. And I think that foods that are as close to nature as possible are healthier, are better and have a higher nutritional value to them. Because in processing, you know, some of the nutrients are lost.
RM: Will that make a difference in the shelf life?
BF: There shouldn’t be too much difference in the shelf life between them. If you have a good, quality coconut oil, it should last approximately three years.
RM: Will it taste differently if it’s been processed?
BF: Definitely. During the processing, a lot of things are removed, you know. That includes the flavor and the taste and the aroma. So, you end up with a substance that is pretty bland, pretty neutral in taste.
BF: Now a virgin coconut oil has all the aroma and all the flavor still with it. So, it will smell like a nice coconut and it will have a little bit of a coconut flavor to it, which can be very delightful.