In the past few decades, as the popularity of the Mediterranean diet grew, so did the popularity of olive oil. And while, especially in its unrefined and raw form, it is a super healthy source of fat, it is not the best choice when it comes to cooking.

This is where coconut oil comes in. Coconut oil being mostly a saturated fat, is highly stable under high heat (up to 350 F), not becoming denatured or producing harmful compounds or trans fats. Not only is it heat stable, but it is also a nutritional powerhouse. And like with olive oil, not all coconut oil is created equal. Thus in this review, I would like to share with you a coconut oil, I have found to be of superior quality and that is Nutiva’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

Nutiva is a California-based company founded by John Roulac, and dedicated to producing the most wholesome, organic and nutritious hemp foods, coconut oil and chia seeds. For more information on Nutiva, please see my interview with John Roulac.

I have been using coconut oil now for well over a year, and have had a chance to try many different varieties – some of which I would not even consider buying in the store. Why? The reason is the additives in them, or how they are processed. From various chemicals used to various animal product residues, if I am eating this product it is because I care about my health and I cannot settle for a product that comes with undesirable qualities.

Nutiva’s organic extra virgin coconut oil is as the name states first and foremost, organic (USDA & QAI certified). It is unrefined, cold-pressed and extra virgin. It is pure white and not deodorized or bleached. It is made without pesticides or hexane and comes from non-GMO sources. It is a product of the Philippines.

When my journey first started with coconut oil, it was with a refined product, at which time I thought there was supposed to be no flavor to this oil. That was until I read up on the different varieties of coconut oil and learned about what is available. Normally, when the product is unrefined, it has a delicious and rich coconut flavor and aroma, that one cannot miss upon opening the jar. Every time I open this product, it is like a taste of the tropics right inside my kitchen.

Nutiva’s organic extra virgin coconut oil can be enjoyed both raw and for cooking. As with all plant based fats, it is naturally cholesterol free. It is an excellent source of healthy fats, phytonutrients, as well as some vitamins and minerals. (See here for more information on the properties of coconut oil.) As with all coconut oil, it is solid and white at room temperature, and melts at 76 F.

What else is important to note about this coconut oil, is that it is one of the best priced ones. Normally a high quality 15oz size of coconut oil can be around $20, and this one normally sells for just over $10.

In conclusion, this is a great tasting product and of a high quality to be welcomed by natural health and health conscious people alike.

Ingredients

  • Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, extra-virgin coconut oil

Nutritional Information

(per 1 Tbsp/14g serving)

  • 130 Calories
  • 14g Fat
  • 13g Saturated Fat
  • 1g Unsaturated Fat
  • 0g Protein
  • 0g Carbohydrate
  • 0mg Sodium
  • 0mg Cholesterol

Packaging

The oil comes in 3 convenient sizes: 15oz (426g), 29oz (822g) and 54oz (1.5kg). It also comes in bulk forms by the gallon from Nutiva.com directly. The containers are made of clear plastic, and fully recyclable when product is finished.

Price (as of this posting)

  • Around $10.00 – 12.00 CDN fro the 426g/15oz size in stores
  • $12.27CDN for the 426g/15oz size from Well.ca (free shipping)
  • $9.99CDN for the 426g/15oz size from RawNutrition.ca
  • $9.60US for the 426g/15oz size from iHerb.com
  • $11.87US for the 426g/15oz size from Nutiva.com
  • $13.74US for a 2 pack of the 454g/16oz size from Amazon.com

Availability

The Good

  • Excellent rich, naturally occurring coconut flavor and aroma
  • Excellent source of healthy fats (medium chain fatty acids)
  • Certified Organic
  • No additives
  • No preservatives
  • Pesticide Free
  • Gluten free
  • Hexane free
  • Animal product free (vegan friendly)
  • 1% of sales donated to sustainable agriculture
  • Fantastic Price

The Bad

  • Nothing that I am aware of