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Old 03-01-2013, 06:42 PM   #1
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Need coconut Oil Advice

where to get it?
what brand?
is it an oil or more like shortening?
does it have carbs?
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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Yay, coconut oil!

They sell it at my local grocery store in the natural foods section. If you can't find it there, then you can order it from Amazon or Netrition.

I like Nutiva and Bartlean's. Be sure to get the extra-virgin kind if you're going to eat it or cook with it. The cheaper stuff is great to use in your hair, as a moisturizer, etc.

It's solid at room temp and turns to liquid when warm. It doesn't remind me of shortening at all (which I always hated to touch.)

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:53 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Kimberli33 View Post
where to get it?
what brand?
is it an oil or more like shortening?
does it have carbs?
You can find it at many well-stocked supermarkets, almost all natural markets, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, drugstores, places like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe, and online. Both Netrition and Amazon sell many different types. Even Target sells it, and probably Walmart.

Brand really depends. I alternate between a couple of different brands, just depending on where I am when I'm buying.

I don't know what you mean about oil vs. shortening. It's an oil that is solid below about 75*, and then liquid.

No carbs. It's a fat.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:53 PM   #4
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I got the extra-virgin Trader Joe's brand. No carbs, all fat, but best of all for me - no coconut flavor. Hate coconut. Very happy with it.

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Old 03-01-2013, 07:23 PM   #5
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I get the giant jug from Costco. It is more like butter than Crisco. Netrition has good ones if you are going to place an order. I didn't care for the walmart ones...but I did use it to condition my hair. Love that stuff!
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:50 PM   #6
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I usually buy Nutiva, though I bought an organic one from Costco (Carrington Foods) that I haven't tried yet but it was way cheaper than any other I've seen. The unrefined/virgin stuff is best, but it does have a coconut flavor. Depending on what you use it in it may be more or less noticeable. The great thing about coconut oil is you can use it like a shortening or like an oil, as it's melting point is very low. Usually it is solid a room temp though. It is not as thick/heavy as shortening.

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