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    I just bought two different brands of cocunut oil, Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin and a much less expensive brand Lou Ana Naural Coconut Oil. I like using the Lou Ana brand because the taste and smell is more mild and it does not change the flavor of my foods. The Nutiva has a very strong smell and taste and I'm having troubles getting use to it.

    Is there any reason one would be better than the other?

    Thank you!

  • #2
    I don't think so. We have Whole Foods 365 brand refined and unrefined. The unrefined is very coconutty. The refined has a lot less coconut flavor. I prefer the refined coconut oil. I've been adding it to my coffee the last few weeks and I like it.

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    • #3
      It seems that some people here use the Louana, and others use the Nutiva/Tropical Traditions/etc. coconutty ones. I like coconut, so I use the flavorful ones. I do have Louana, but I only use it in my hair and in my toothpaste and stuff.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pinup View Post
        It seems that some people here use the Louana, and others use the Nutiva/Tropical Traditions/etc. coconutty ones. I like coconut, so I use the flavorful ones. I do have Louana, but I only use it in my hair and in my toothpaste and stuff.
        Interesting, how do you use it for your hair and in your toothpaste? Do you use it as a deep conditioner for your hair? And why would you mix it with your toothpaste? I'd love to hear more ways people use coconut oil!

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        • #5
          I am not that specific with all the details but I know that virgin coconut oil has less fats than the rest. That's also the reason why it's more expensive than the others.

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          • #6
            I use Spectrum Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil for everything. Fairly expensive. Spectacular for skin and hair and hands. I mix it with my other creams and potions as it is a bit greasy.

            One reason to use different kinds is that some types are better for different types of cooking - some cannot take high heat and will be destroyed in a high-heat stir-fry, for example. That should be stated on the label. For instance, on my jar, it states "Unrefined - For Medium Heat." That means up to 280 degrees. Would be good for baking, although I don't bake anything anymore. (Except meat!)
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            • #7
              Nutiva is one of the coco-nuttiest flavored/smelling ones on the market. The difference is in how much heat is used in the processing.

              I also prefer the milder flavored oils - spectrum being my go-to brand. Tree of Life and Whole Foods' 365 brands are also both mild.

              That said the Nutiva rocks for searing up some coconut & almond meal butterflied shrimp. Haven't found anything else I like it for food-wise, but if you enjoy the smell of coconut it's great for topical use.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by diana13t View Post
                Interesting, how do you use it for your hair and in your toothpaste? Do you use it as a deep conditioner for your hair? And why would you mix it with your toothpaste? I'd love to hear more ways people use coconut oil!
                Yes, just as a conditioning treatment. I don't mix it in my toothpaste, but make my own toothpaste, and its an ingredient.

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                • #9
                  Thank you all for your help, I'm glad to hear I can go with a milder tasting coconut oil

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