Fermented or not fermented

One of the unique qualities of the Coconut Oil Shop is that we sell fermented or not fermented regular cold pressed coconut oil products.

Is fermented oil right for you? Traditionally, fermented oil has been all there was. The original coconut oil which became popular, like Paul Sorse’s oil, was  fermented coconut oil. It was taken from his father’s traditional Philippines method, and popular in his region of the US when he adjusted the fermentation process. Even after his death at well over 100 years old, Paul’s fermented coconut oil is still popular in the US.

Coconut Oil: Is Fermented right for you

We have been selling fermented oil for some time. For a long time we’ve offered Ancient Wisdom Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (extracted without machines, and without heat). Then we introduced, napoBIO® skin oils which are also fermented, for better absorption into the skin. Sometimes people assume that we think fermented is better. We don’t. At home we use both.

Start here to compare fermented oil with unfermented oil

Virgin Coconut Oil | Start here to compare fermented oil with unfermented oil

In summary, fermented coconut oil appears to us to be more potent and easier to absorb into the skin than unfermented oil. But regular Coconut Oil is the choice for many of our customers for the sake of the taste and smell.

Fermented food is considered by Weston A Price Foundation to be a traditional food, which requires less digestion. Mrs Sally Fallon and Dr Mary Enig have a lot to say about fermented food in their books, “Nourishing Traditions” and “Eat Fat Lose Fat.”

What does the Coconut Oil Shop say?

When we’re asked on the phone or by email which oil we recommend, we always asked the following questions.

1) Has anyone recommended a particular brand to you? If no, then we ask about taste and smell.

2) Which is more important to you: taste or health?

3) If you don’t mind about the  taste and smell, we make a recommendation based on your conversation or email to recommend one of our fermented oils, or even an unfermented oil.

Some people, and their family just can’t stand the idea of a coconut taste or smell. For some of them, Ancient Wisdom is the solution, as it does not have a lot of coconut taste or a strong coconut smell.

Some people can’t stand the thought of a fermented taste or slightly fermented smell. A few have even mistaken it for rancidity! Zenian Fully Fermented oil is not for them, that is for sure. So we recommend an unfermented coconut oil.

Which Coconut Oil To Choose?

When faced with three types of similar Virgin Coconut Oil, which one do you choose?

Here is a simple comparison of three brands.

White Gold
Sea Breeze from Tonga Ancient Wisdom Fermented
White Gold: Most classic coconut taste and smell Sea Breeze from Tonga: Least coconut taste and smell
Ancient Wisdom: Most absorbent on skin
 Raw: Oil is extracted by cold pressing. Oil is extracted by cold pressing – low tech 1Tonne Press Pacific Island “DME” operation. Raw:  Oil is extracted by traditional fermentation – extremly low tech Pacific Island operation.
Smell: Very coconut. Really classic coconut smell. Smell: Mildest coconut. Faintly savoury, but every fresh. Smell: Mildly coconut. Faintly fermented, but very fresh.
 Spread: Smothers on skin, goes well on salad too. Spread: Smothers on skin, goes well on salad too. Spread: Glides like silk on skin, spreads well on bread too!
 Taste: Very coconut Taste: Mildly coconut Taste: Mildly fermented coconut

Still can’t decide?

It doesn’t matter that much which brand you choose from our shop because what makes us different in the New Zealand market place is that we specialise in the supply of virgin coconut oil. We specialise in Virgin Oil, fresh from the nut because it is a complete product which requires no refining to deliver its life giving properties to those who eat it, oil pull with it, and use it on their skin or hair.

So while you may be recommended to buy say, “centrifuged”, or expeller pressed, or cold pressed or whatever, here investigate some similarities between “Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and our Organic Extra Virgin Fermented Coconut Oil options.

Talking specific brands, we mean White Gold and Ancient Wisdom, and soon Sea Breeze of Tonga.

All three have totally different tastes, and smells.
All three have similar nutritional value and shelf life.

For general use on the skin and hair:

Ancient Wisdom is the one that is premium in terms of potency, and easy absorbtion, especially on the skin. Many people who are not used to coconut oil don’t think of it as having a strong fermented smell, or taste.

In terms of coconut taste:

White Gold is the premium product of the three mentioned above, in terms of taste. In addition, Thai Black Label Virgin Coconut Oil, tastes wonderful too. But again, it is a totally different more creamy taste.

I hope that helps you to get some handle on the offerings here.

Each person needs to evaluate things for themselves. And you know what? That’s why we have so many brand options – just in case you don’t want one type, or your favourite brand runs out for a while.

Need some extra help?

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3 thoughts on “Fermented or not fermented

  1. Hi there,
    My main reason for buying coconut oil is I have Hashimotos hypothyroidism and I have heard it helps regulate low (or high) thyriod? Not sure if you would know, but does it help with type one diabetes too (as my husband has this)?
    Secondly I would like to use it on my hair skin – and that of my baby (8.5 months) too. Can this be a carrier oil for massage? As I like to add lavendar or other essential oils (currently using almond oil for myself and daughter).
    Also have heard it loses its benefits at high heat in cooking and it is better (health wise) to use rice bran oil?
    So just after your recommendation – prefer health over taste/smell for consumption.
    Thanks for all your help,
    Steve

    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The shop reopened on Monday and we are still getting through the backlog of email/website enquiries.

      >My main reason for buying coconut oil is I have Hashimotos hypothyroidism and I have heard it helps regulate low (or high) thyriod? Not sure if you would know, but does it help with type >one diabetes too (as my husband has this)?

      Coconut oil is known to help with both hypothyroidism and diabetes. For more information, you may like to read some articles here:
      http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org (Just type in the health condition in the search box)

      >Secondly I would like to use it on my hair skin – and that of my baby (8.5 months) too. Can this be a carrier oil for massage? As I like to add lavendar or other essential oils (currently using >almond oil for myself and daughter).

      Yes, virgin coconut oil can be a carrier oil for massage. The only thing to remember is that virgin coconut oil is normally solid in NZ, as the melting point is around 24 degrees C. You will need to melt the oil to mix in the essential oil of your choice. We used to keep a small glass jar of coconut oil in the bathroom and pop in the whole jar into the baby bath water to melt while bathing.

      >Also have heard it loses its benefits at high heat in cooking and it is better (health wise) to use rice bran oil?

      Wherever did you hear that? Coconut oil is the best cooking oil around because of its amazing stability even when relatively high heat is applied. The smoke point of virgin coconut oil is around 177 degrees C so people can safely use it for deep frying, too. (Even better if you own a deep fryer with a thermostat.) For baking, the moisture within the mixture protects the oil so you can use a much higher temperature (200-250 degrees C) no problem.

      Rice bran oil may be heat stable, but rice is one of those crops that are always sprayed a lot, so we wouldn’t touch it unless it’s labelled organic.

      >So just after your recommendation – prefer health over taste/smell for consumption.

      Ancient Wisdom Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil comes first in our opinion. White Gold Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil comes very close (and tastes fantastic).

      Hope it helps.

      Warm regards

      The Team at the Coconut Oil Shop
      https://www.coconutoilshop.co.nz
      organic@coconutoilshop.co.nz

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