How Do You Tell If the Coconut Oil is Hydrogenated?

by Kathy
(Mounds View, MN)

I have read conflicting reports about the advantages/disadvantages of coconut oil. One source said that if the oil is hydrogenated, that it is bad for you. How can I tell if it is hydrogenated?

I purchased some from a natural food co-op out of a bulk bin so there wasn't a lot of info. It is frozen like a rock in the refrigerator, liquid at any temps above about 75 F, but is a soft spread consistency in a room cooler than 75 F. It also does not taste like coconut.

I purchased it primarily to use as a spread on Ezekial bread. I am trying to eat a Paleo diet and so want to avoid butter (dairy) and margarine (soy and all sorts of other nasty stuff). Thank you so much for your help. Kathy

I browsed a lot to get here so am not sure if I will be able to find you again in a day or two. I would so appreciate an email response to my question or an email with the exact website to get to this answer. Thanks!

Hi Kathy,

ALL hydrogenated oils are bad for you.

Refined, Bleached & Deodorized (RBD) or Coconut Cooking Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) have the same melting point. They are both frozen like a rock in the refrigerator and liquid at any temperature above 76 F.

Hydrogenated coconut oil has a higher melting point of 97-104 F (36-40 C).

Based on your description, the coconut oil seems to be not hydrogenated because it melts above 75 F and solidifies below it.

I think what you have there is RBD coconut oil or coconut cooking oil. VCO has that mild to intense fresh coconut aroma and flavor. RBD is basically scentless and tasteless.


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May 22, 2015
confused: NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I started using coconut oil on my body because my skin is really dry but I don't really know the different /cooking oil & body oil/. and other think, a friend of mine told me that real coconut oil doesn't have smell? so I am confused. And other think I want to know when I applied it to my skin it doesn't penetrated like regular body lotion, it just staid on the surface of my skin WHY? so when I get dress the oil goes in to my cloths. :(( thank you for your response.

Dec 12, 2014
"Hydrogenated Coconut oil" NEW
by: TO'R

Iam starting to feel the whole coconut oil labelling scenario, is a "nightmare" I've just bought "KTC" pure coconut oil the cheapest I found on Amazon UK, I can't find anything regards being hydrogenated on the label etc? But it's solid at room temp & melts quite easily if I place a small bit in the palm of my hand! So i'am guessing this is not hydrogenated?
Any thoughts!

Sep 21, 2014
how to recognize hydrogenated coconut oil NEW
by: dev

if o coconut oil has trans fat is that a sure way to recognize that it is hydrogenated? thank you for your reply

Jan 18, 2012
by: Anonymous

Hi. I recommend to all of you to make your own coconut oil. Just buy the coconuts, cut them in small pieces, blend them with some water as a paste, then let solidify, and bingo! Filter it then eat it or put on your skin! IT IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. I make it all the time. Cheers and save $$$$.

Dec 16, 2011
How to Differentiate Hydrogenated Coconut Oil
by: Rodney

Hello there, Bhing! As Frederick mentioned, hydrogenated coconut oil melts at 97-104 degrees Fahrenheit or 36-40 degrees Celsius. This is much higher than the melting point of natural or virgin coconut oil of 76 degrees F or 24 degrees C.

Also, smell and taste the oil. If it has that distinct fresh coconut scent and taste, then it's virgin. If it's odorless and flavorless in addition to its high melting point, then it's definitely hydrogenated. Just my two cents.

Dec 16, 2011
Cooked Coconut Oil
by: bhing

I am also wondering about that because when I was a child, I usually add cooked coconut oil to my diet. Especially the newly cooked oil, it tastes and smells good.

Hope you can tell more about hydrogenated oils and how to differentiate. Thanks.

Nov 08, 2011
Non-hydrogenated Coconut Oil is "Good"
by: Frederick

Hi Kathy,

I understand your concern. The quick and simple answer is, as long as it's not hydrogenated, coconut oil is "good." As mentioned, ALL hydrogenated oils are "bad," no exceptions.

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) or Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA), the fat molecules that give coconut oil its incredible health properties, are very resistant to heat. For this reason, Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and RBD or coconut cooking oil contain practically the same amounts of health-boosting MCFAs. RBD or coconut cooking oil is considered a healthy oil.

Of course, VCO is best because it still contains most of the phytonutrients like antioxidants present in the raw, unprocessed oil, which has been stripped from RBD oil.

As long as it's not hydrogenated, coconut oil will definitely improve your health. That's the bottom line.

Visit your nearest health food store and you should find a decent line of VCO products. And don't forget the abundance of VCO brands online.

Hope this helps,

Nov 07, 2011
Coconut Oil "Good" or "Bad"
by: Kathy

Thank you Frederick for your response to my question. But I still don't know if this is good coconut oil to consume.

If it isn't hydrogenated, does that mean it is "good?" Or if it is RBD, as you think it may be, does that mean it is "bad?"

There are so many different types of coconut oil out there so it is difficult to know which is the one I should be using. Thank you so much for your answer.

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