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Old 10-15-2007, 07:44 AM   #1
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Virgin Coconut Oil at Wal-mart!?!?

Ok, I knew they had coconut oil (the cheap, nasty stuff) there in the food/oil section of walmart. That's the stuff you don't want to try for the benefits of coconut oil.

Yesterday I was at wal-mart and went to the vitamin section to pick up a new bottle of Biotin. The way they have everything organized (or NOT organized) seems like it takes me forever to actually "see" and "find" what I am looking for. So, as I was scanning the shelves, I was surprised to see a Jar of "Virgin Coconut oil" in the vitamin section. It looked kinda generic (didn't recognize the brand name) but did tout all the benefits of eating it and cooking with it. It was about $9 for the Jar. I didn't take anymore notice of it, because I buy (and Like) Nutiva.

I guess I wanted to mention it and give a "heads up" to those who might want to try coconut oil. It's an option you could try.
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:09 AM   #2
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I guess it's worth a look next time I go there. I'm usually pretty good about spotting things like that and I hadn't noticed it.
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I saw that also. It is about the same price as most of the others. I was wondering if anyone has tried it yet? If it's any good?
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funny, I just saw the same thing for the first time at walmart this morning.... it must be something new they are carrying never noticed it there before....
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Have to take a peek next time I'm there..
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I saw it there today and it was $9.96. It's made by Rexall. It took me a while to find it because it was hidden in between the vitamin bottles on a lower section of the shelf. It comes in a white plastic tub rather than a jar. I may pick up a tub of it next week and give it a try.
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I picked up some coconut oil by LuAnn..in the baking goods aisle.

Is that brand okay or is this the "cheap nasty stuff"

I am new to coocnut oil and wasn't sure

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Luann's is the "cheap, nasty stuff".

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Diane,

LouAna is the cheaer, not so great kind. I do use it when I run out of my TT brand of coconut oil. I feel it is OK to use for a little while--like to tide me over until my shipment comes in! Others use it as a moisturizer so it is not wasted. But me--I use it in baking and cooking.
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I picked up some coconut oil by LuAnn..in the baking goods aisle.

Is that brand okay or is this the "cheap nasty stuff"

I am new to coocnut oil and wasn't sure

TIA
From what I've read, if it doesn't say "virgin" on the label it has been refined. Refining removes the good properties and can damage the oils and create trans fats. The same is apparently true of the light olive oils that aren't extra virgin. The healthful properties are destroyed during the refining process.
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Thanks you everybody,.I appreciate it

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is there a difference between virgin and extra virgin? I've only ever tried the extra virgin
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That's so awesome, i wanted to try some but had not gotten around to ordering it off the net (DH says its wierd to buy groceries on the internet..lol) but we go to walmart all the time.

Yeah, I had seen the big tub at walmart as well.. by the lard. I though 'i thought this stuff was supposed to be fancy?!' and didn't buy it.. :P probably would have if they'd had it in a special bottle
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is there a difference between virgin and extra virgin? I've only ever tried the extra virgin
I'm pretty sure that the stuff I saw at Wal-Mart was extra virgin.
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From what I understand, there is no difference between the virgin and extra virgin. Extra virgin is just a marketing ploy when it comes to CO. Olive oil is a different story.
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From what I understand, there is no difference between the virgin and extra virgin. Extra virgin is just a marketing ploy when it comes to CO. Olive oil is a different story.
Yep! Kona Sunset is right.
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You said it!

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...Yesterday I was at wal-mart and went to the vitamin section to pick up a new bottle of Biotin. The way they have everything organized (or NOT organized) seems like it takes me forever to actually "see" and "find" what I am looking for...
I complain about the lack of organization/random placement of Walmart's vitamins and minerals every time I go in there. I can't figure the rhyme or reason for how they are all organized. Most are in alphabetical order but some like biotin and green tea are not. It must be a universal Walmart thing if you can't fin what you want either.

Now if I had about 45 minutes, I'd be glad to organize all of them for Walmart. I'm sure they'd appreciate the help.

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I complain about the lack of organization/random placement of Walmart's vitamins and minerals every time I go in there. I can't figure the rhyme or reason for how they are all organized. Most are in alphabetical order but some like biotin and green tea are not. It must be a universal Walmart thing if you can't fin what you want either.

Now if I had about 45 minutes, I'd be glad to organize all of them for Walmart. I'm sure they'd appreciate the help.

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Exactly, and that's what screws me up every time I go there. The biotin isn't in alphabetical order and I always forget where the heck they put it.
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Maybe it's sorted under "V" or "H" for Vitamin H which is another name for biotin.
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OK, since you're on the topic of coconut oil - what do you use it for? Frying?

You use extra-virgin olive oil for salads, right?

Then what do you use for baking?

And you guys don't use canola oil, vegetable oil, or corn oil for anything.

Do I have it right? I'm trying to fix my oils since my bloodwork results sucked. Thanks, cause I'm confused...
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OK, since you're on the topic of coconut oil - what do you use it for? Frying?

You use extra-virgin olive oil for salads, right?

Then what do you use for baking?

And you guys don't use canola oil, vegetable oil, or corn oil for anything.

Do I have it right? I'm trying to fix my oils since my bloodwork results sucked. Thanks, cause I'm confused...
Shelly, Coconut Oil is naturally a Solid and will become a liquid at about 75/76 degrees? Salad dressing? Nope, never used it for that. It would have to be "warm" salad dressing.

Cooking? It can be used in baking (instead of butter or oil) It's great for stir frys or searing meat, frying meat

It's not the ONLY oil that I use. I still like my steaks cooked in BUT-TAH!! I sear fish in coconut oil.

I use different oils for salad dressings. (We need a balance of oils and a balance of Omegas)

Virgin coconut oil is different then the cheap cooking coconut oil. It has antiyeast and antibacteria qualities to it that have not been processed out of it (The cheap cooking coconut oil doesn't have those)

I also use coconut oil as a moisturizer on my skin. Once in awhile as a conditioner for my hair. Amazing results.

Do a "Search" on the health benefits of Virgin Coconut oil.
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I JUST saw and almost bought it..
I am a bit confused re: coconut oil.. as I have never used it..

I would like the kind that has the coconut taste still in it.. I would use it for it's health properties.. also I have a recipe for LC muffins that calls for coconut oil and I think the natural coconut flavor would be nice in the muffins..

can someone recommend a good quality one that still has the nice coconut scent/flavor?
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Nutiva from netrition.com has a coconut scent and it is Extra Virgin oil.

I have used it for over a year and really like it.

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I agree .
Nutiva is excellent.
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Virgin coconut oil is different then the cheap cooking coconut oil. It has antiyeast and antibacteria qualities to it that have not been processed out of it (The cheap cooking coconut oil doesn't have those)
I have read about various studies that have been done and basically they haven't found much of a difference nutritionally between the cheap stuff and the virgin stuff (but I'm not an expert - this is just stuff I read off of the web).

I have tried both and I notice the same positive benefits from both. Taste-wise, though, I much prefer the virgin.
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I use ALL the brands of CO. THe 'Louana' cheap stuff from Walmart is a great face moisturizer. I also have the extra virgin and the expeller pressed...also from GNC. I use that to cook with and to make LC muffins too.

Which kind do you all use for the moisturizer?? Im wondering if the cheapo stuff is just as good as the 'virgin' for the facial moisturizer? I definitely like NOT having to buy a regular moisturizer again. !!
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Maybe it's sorted under "V" or "H" for Vitamin H which is another name for biotin.
LindaSue, you are a very smart woman with alot of information, but... Do you really think the people working at Wal-mart know this? Heck, I had no clue.

No, I think they just throw other supplements that they don't know what to do with "Anywhere" in the vitamin/supplement sections. lol
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LindaSue, you are a very smart woman with alot of information, but... Do you really think the people working at Wal-mart know this? Heck, I had no clue.

No, I think they just throw other supplements that they don't know what to do with "Anywhere" in the vitamin/supplement sections. lol
Now you've got me curious. When I go to buy the coconut oil next week, I'll look and see what kind of "system" they use to arrange the vitamins. Just thinking about where I found the coconut oil on the shelf makes me wonder if it was filed under "virgin" instead of "coconut", LOL.
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I have read about various studies that have been done and basically they haven't found much of a difference nutritionally between the cheap stuff and the virgin stuff (but I'm not an expert - this is just stuff I read off of the web).

I have tried both and I notice the same positive benefits from both. Taste-wise, though, I much prefer the virgin.



Difference between Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and Regular (RBD) Coconut Oil
RBD stands for Refined, Bleached, and Deodorized. Ordinary coconut oil usually comes from copra - coconut meat that is dried by either smoke, kiln or placing under the sun. Because the process itself is not sanitized, the oil must be further refined. To get more oil from copra, chemicals are usually used. RBD process is required to make the oil clear, odor free and tasteless. This procedure also removes the anti-oxidant and other properties of the oil. Some coconut oils are also hydrogenated which increases the serum cholesterol levels and thus is bad for the heart.

While virgin coconut oil, being pure, unadulterated and unhydrogenated retains it's pleasant coconut taste, smell and all the health benefits of coconut oil.

Much research still has to be done on the benefits of virgin coconut oil but preliminary findings and anecdotal reports are very promising. This may well be the much needed medicine to restore to health the ailing Philippine coconut industry.

ETA: For some reason it would let me post the link to the entire article.

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