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    I've never used coconut oil and it can't be had locally (think BFE, Utah) so I won't be able to try some until next time I get to the city. Does it taste or smell like coconut at all?

    I ask because I really don't like the taste of coconut and I hate the smell. I expect it ain't cheap and if it tastes or smells like coconut I'll be pissed for spending the money on it.

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    Virgin coconut oil tastes very coconut-ty. The non-virgin is incredibly bland with only the faintest hint of coconut. I've used it in recipes and my husband hasn't noticed and he hates coconut.
    Liz.

    Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
    Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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    • #3
      Don't bother then. (But how on earth can anybody not like coconut???)

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      • #4
        It must be me because my friend the other day says extra virgin coconut oil has a very strong coconut flavor.

        I don't notice the coconut flavor at all when I use about 1 TBSP to scramble eggs, cook meat, etc. I use extra virgin from nutiva.
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        • #5
          If you smell or eat coconut oil by itself, yes it smells and tastes like coconuts. I use virgin CO and when I cook with it, like fry eggs in it, it just has a very clean sort of non-taste to it. It does not make the eggs taste like coconut. It just really enhances the egg flavors. I don't like coconut either - at least I used to really dislike it - and my first adventures of cooking with CO were delicious and I would have never guessed that is what it was. CO is very good for you with many antibacterial and antifungal properties, also very good for the metabolism. Next time you go to the city get one jar of it and try it. It might be 6 or 7 bucks. If you don't like eating it you can always use it as a skin moisturizer or use it to treat your skin rashes and such. Hopefully it is an experiment you can afford.

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          • #6
            Gotta love these 30-second replies! Thanks for that, lizch. I'll definitely stay away from the virgin version but might give the other a try (if I can ever find any). Glad to hear I'm not the only one who doesn't like coconut.

            Cromagnon, I've never much liked anything of tropical origin; pineapple, bananas, coconut, etc. Could be my Northern European genetics, I dunno. I hate water sports and hot weather too, go figure.

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            • #7
              And two more while I was posting the above, thanks! You've convinced me to give it a try.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Barb View Post
                If you don't like eating it you can always use it as a skin moisturizer or use it to treat your skin rashes and such. Hopefully it is an experiment you can afford.
                I will add that equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda with a touch of mint make a FANTASTIC toothpaste!
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                • #9
                  You can buy it online...I saw some on Amazon.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LJH View Post
                    I've never used coconut oil and it can't be had locally (think BFE, Utah)
                    I live in Utah. I can easily find coconut oil. What the heck is BFE?
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                    • #11
                      BFE is an acronym. I won't give the exact words for fear of offending but it essentially means 'middle of nowhere'.

                      I'm about 2 hrs. from St. George (weather permitting, this week we're snowed in). I assume St. George has at least one good health food store - don't know for sure because I avoid the place like the plague. I'm liking the Amazon idea better, thanks Nomad1.

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