Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway!


Last week I received a 32 oz. jar of virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions

Want to know how Tropical Traditions people discovered Virgin Coconut oil? watch this!

Virgin Coconut Oil can only be achieved by using fresh coconut meat or what is called non-copra. Chemicals and high heating are not used in further refining, since the natural, pure coconut oil is very stable with a shelf life of several years. There are currently two main processes of manufacturing Virgin Coconut Oil:

1. Quick drying of fresh coconut meat which is then used to press out the oil. Using this method, the coconut meat is quick dried, and the oil is then pressed out via mechanical means. (see our Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil)

2. Wet-milling. With this method the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first. “Coconut milk” is expressed first by pressing. The oil is then further separated from the water. Methods which can be used to separate the oil from the water include boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, enzymes and mechanical centrifuge. (see our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil)

One of the main differences between Virgin Coconut oil and refined coconut oils is the scent and taste. All Virgin Coconut Oils retain the fresh scent and taste of coconuts, whereas the copra-based refined coconut oils have a bland taste due to the refining process. Some grades of refined copra-based oils are also now sold that have a coconut flavor, but are usually bitter and have a burnt taste to it. They are a form of “crude coconut oil” that has not undergone all of the deodorizing process, and they have a shorter shelf-life.

For more info, here

some interesting Q&A

How much coconut oil should one ingest daily to receive its benefits?

The benefits of coconut oil are mainly from the nutrient value of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). The best comparison in nature as to the percentage of MCFAs being consumed in a diet is human breast milk. To equal the amount of MCFAs a nursing infant would receive in one day, an adult would need to consume about 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil a day according to researchers. Since coconut oil in nature is packaged inside the coconut meat, it is recommended to take this amount throughout the day with food high in fiber and protein. However, for those not used to coconut oil in their diet, it is best to start out with an amount far less than this first, to see how your body reacts.

Are there “side effects” to Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is a food, not a medication, and therefore it does not have “side effects.” Since individuals vary, there could be adverse reactions, especially if your body is used to a low-fat diet regimen. The most common reaction is diarrhea. While 3.5 Tbsp. is recommended as the daily intake by some researchers, it is probably best not to start with that amount, or eat it all at once. Spread it out over the course of the day, and reduce the amount you ingest if there are unwanted effects. Like any food, some people could possibly have allergic reactions to coconut oil as well, although it does NOT contain any appreciable amounts of protein as the meat of the coconut would, and most food allergies are related to proteins. Traditionally coconut oil has nourished millions, if not billions, of people throughout Asia for thousands of years.

Will cooking with Coconut Oil cause it to become hydrogenated and toxic like hydrogenated oils?

No. Hydrogenation is an industrial process where hydrogen molecules are introduced to the oil to make it solid at room temperatures. It chemically alters the oil and creates harmful trans fatty acids. Cooking with coconut oil does NOT introduce hydrogen into the oil or hydrogenate it. Coconut oil is a very stable oil even at higher temperatures. However, it is best not to cook beyond the smoke point of coconut oil, as this will begin to deteriorate the oil and turn it yellow. Once it has turned dark yellow, the oil should be discarded and no longer used. The smoke point of coconut oil can be increased by combining it with Palm Shortening or Virgin Palm Oil. Both of these oils have a much higher smoke point, and are suitable for high heat, such as deep frying.

I’ve been using coconut oil for cooking/baking/dressing for a while now, I strongly recommend it for stir-fry, it adds a great flavor! 🙂 Oh… I need to try these recipes too!

Ways to participate (US. residents only)

1) Subscribe to Tropical Traditions email newsletter

2) Link back to this giveaway on your blog

3) Tweet this giveaway.

4) Add me to your blogroll.

5) Tell me your favorite recipe using coconut oil

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Giveaway ends Friday, April 16th, 2010 9PM Eastern Time

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55 responses to “Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway!

  1. I’ve been using coconut oil a lot recently! I’m even putting it on really dry patches of skin on my face to see if it helps!
    I made a really good maple oat topping for muffins with coconut oil! Just combine equal parts oats and flour with a bit of maple syrup and coconut oil and top your muffins with it! Bake and enjoy!

    (P.S. Did you mean it end April 16th? The 9th was 2 days ago…)

  2. You’re on my blogroll 🙂

  3. thedelicateplace

    added to blogroll!

  4. Cellabella

    I like to use coconut oil in the snowball fudge recipe by Loves Veggie and Yoga blogger Averie. It’s so delicious and simple to make!

  5. Cellabella

    And of course I follow you on my Google Reader 🙂

  6. elaine

    i’m all signed up for their newsletter! thanks coco!

  7. elaine

    my favorite use for coconut oil is actually using it to pan fry zucchini. absolutely delish!!

  8. elaine

    you’re added to my blogroll via google reader. love reading your posts everyday!

  9. Ashlei

    I’m subscribed to the TT newsletter

  10. Tasha

    I have subscribed! Thanks for the giveaway

  11. Tasha

    Favorite recipe is def. chocolate dipped macaroons

  12. Coco, thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! You’re on my blogroll! 🙂

  13. My favorite recipe using coconut oil is a recipe for fudgy brownies with coconut oil…sooooo good!

  14. grace

    I have never used coconut oil before so I have no recipes to share, but coconut oil and butter have been NUMBER ONE on my to-try list but have never been brave enough to shell out bucks on. I would love to win this!

  15. Gina

    Already subscribe to their newsletter!

  16. runRedrun

    i signed up for their newsletter

  17. runRedrun

    I’ve never used coconut oil before, but I had a roommate who used it in zucchini bread instead of canola oil, and it was delicious.

  18. Claire

    I love using coconut oil to roast vegetables:-)cc

  19. Claire

    I subscribed to newsletter:-)cc

  20. Great giveaway!!!

    I tweeted.

    My favorite use of coconut oil? I guess it would have to be popcorn, or maybe some type of cookie or brownie!! Yum, I want one now. I’ve never tried it though, so I’d love to get the chance! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Have a nice day Coco.

  21. oh this is great to know! i’ve never used it!

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  23. I love to use it in the baking (as u told me). hehe

    how come I never got these samples??? lol.

  24. My fav recipe is Averie’s (http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/) raw cookies. I make them weekly!

  25. You are on my blogroll, Coco! I use coconut oil in my Double Coconut Granola recipe, which includes the oil as well as dehydrated, shredded coconut. Yum.

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  27. subscribed to Tropical Traditions-thank you! Holly

  28. I’ve used coconut oil in cakes, waffles, pancakes & muffins-all great. I think my favorite way to use it is to make popcorn on the stove, though. 🙂 Holly

  29. Added you to my feed. thanks! Holly

  30. er, my blogroll feed. whoops-just figuring the blogroll thing out today. 🙂

  31. Lilian

    Make a veggie stir-fry with coconut oil and shredded coconut! yummm

  32. coconut oil in coconut cookies! MMMMMM

  33. I love coconut oil and use it almost daily. Who wouldn’t love to win a free jar!!! 🙂
    A favorite recipe is deodorant found here (http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2010/02/homemade-all-natural-deodorant.html).

  34. I’m subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter.

  35. I just subscribed to the newsletter.

  36. I subscribe to their newsletter.

  37. Just added you to my blogroll 😉

  38. I think I love using coconut oil in my warm oatmeal the best. I can taste it’s original flavor best that way. When I use it mixed in other recipes, you lose the flavor.

  39. Melissa W.

    Subscribe to Tropical Traditions email newsletter

  40. Melissa W.

    One of our favorite recipes for using coconut oil is Baked Oatmeal. We use it in all our cooking. Good stuff!

  41. I have never used coconut oil, but i want to try it with veggie stir frys and tofu!

  42. Hi Coco!

    You’re already on my blogroll =)

  43. what an awesome giveaway!!
    i subscribe to their newsletter

  44. you’re on my blogroll

  45. i’ve never used coconut oil before, so i don’t have a favorite recipe, but i would love to roast veggies or stirfry veggies in it!

  46. Eryn

    I subscribe to the newsletter.

  47. Eryn

    I like to mix it with cocoa and stevia, yummy little pudding snack.

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  49. Megan P.

    I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter.

    Megan P.

  50. Megan P.

    My favorite coconut oil recipes are The Easiest, Healthiest, Most Scrumptious Fudge Ever & Homemade, Healthier Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

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