Is Costco’s Coconut Oil Junk? Or the Real Deal?

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Costco sells Carrington Farms Coconut Oil - is it cheap coconut oil or the real deal? Seems like the price is too good to be true - but is it? Is Costco selling substandard junk just to make a buck?  Read this and find out the truth.

Do you shop at Costco?  More and more Costco has great deals on whole foods and gluten-free products and our family has enjoyed taking advantage of the savings at this “big box giant”.

But have you seen their great deal on coconut oil?

We use coconut oil for everything – from homemade moisturizer to gluten-free baking to homemade popcorn, so we go through a ton of it.

I saw Costco’s coconut oil offering and wondered myself–“Could this really be high quality coconut oil at this price?”  So I bought some about 4 months ago and put it on my shelf.

Many have been thrilled about being able to purchase a great wholesome fat like coconut oil at Costco for a great price.

But not everyone is happy about it.

I honestly was almost in tears this past week seeing what can happen when due diligence isn’t done, accusations are made carelessly, and apologies don’t come.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, read on.

I worked on this post for quite awhile to make sure I had the whole story covered and covered well. There is a lot of misinformation to clear up, and it’s going to take awhile, so please hang with me for another “longish” post :).

This past week, a post called “Why Buying Coconut Oil at Costco is Risky Business” came out on a very popular healthy living blog, The Healthy Home Economist.

In a nutshell, one person contacted the owner of that blog, Sarah Pope, on her Facebook page, and told her that she had purchased Carrington Farms’ Coconut Oil from Costco. She stated:

“I just opened and began using a big container of coconut oil (got it at Costco) that I’ve had for maybe 3 months and it has sat on my pantry shelf (outside in my garage, I live in Texas so it’s gotten hotter than 100 degrees). It smells like burned marshmallows, or maybe the inside of a pumpkin on Halloween. Since I can’t find any web sites that describe the smell (other than “yucky” and “very, very bad”) for rancid coconut oil, could you please help me out? I can’t stand to put it on my face….but can I still cook with it?”

First of all, Sarah’s advice to her reader that she not use the coconut oil was good advice.

But that is where the good advice stopped.

Sarah then went on to vilify Carrington Farms and Costco and to cast aspersions on almost the entire US Coconut Oil market.

Here’s what went down and how it went wrong:

Accusations Against Carrington Farms–and the Truth

Accusation #1: Costco’s oil spoiled because there was something wrong with the oil

Sarah assumed, without doing any research, that the Costco customer’s oil was “bad” due to either poor quality, poor filtration, or the oil being just plain “old.”  To quote her:

It’s anybody’s guess, but one thing is for sure.  It was not fresh, high quality Grade A coconut oil.   Cheaply priced coconut oil at a discount store is going to get you exactly that:  cheap oil that is likely old, improperly filtered (manufacturer’s defect) and not the best choice for your health.

Response: There is no way to know the cause of the problem without more evidence

After reading this post, I thought that I would contact Carrington Farms myself to learn more details about the situation.

I talked to one of Carrington Farms’ Vice Presidents, and she said that they haven’t had any other recent complaints about their coconut oil being bad, and that they never got any information from Mary M. about their oil– no lot number and no expiration date. Nothing.

So while she admitted that there is a slim possibility that there was something wrong with the oil, she said that it is much more likely that the oil was opened and something foreign got in there to cause the problem.

For example, perhaps Mary had opened the container, used a spoon to get some coconut oil out, and the spoon had something on it. Or some such “user error.”

However, there really is no way for them, or for us, to know anything because all we have is Mary M’s message and Sarah’s response.

UPDATE (7/3/13):  A few readers have mentioned that it was likely the fact that Mary stored the coconut oil in her hot garage that led to it spoiling.  I don’t know. Of course, the label says to store in a cool dry place, but I have read in numerous places that people have stored their coconut oil in a hot place with no problem. Furthermore, Sarah mentioned in her post:

I have never had it go off, even when kept for a year or two in my garage where the temperature easily reaches a 110-120F on humid August afternoons.

so I decided not to blame the smell issue on the hot garage.

2.  Accusation #2: Costco sells inferior or old food products

To quote Sarah:

the big box wholesalers like Costco have been faced with a dilemma – how best to capitalize on the coconut oil frenzy while keeping the price dirt cheap. I’ll admit that I’ve been suspicious of the big box wholesaler brands of coconut oil for quite awhile. The price just didn’t jive with the price I knew to be necessary to ensure a quality, pure product.

Response: Costco carries quality food products – Carrington’s oil is one of them

I’ve been a Costco member for many years, and mostly we’ve been thrilled with their quality. And I’m not easy to please about some things (maybe you can guess that as you read my posts and see the lengths I go to at times to make sure I am getting a good product). In fact, I’ve had to return some things to them and they aren’t always happy about that. But that is too bad–they claim to have high quality and consumers should hold them to that.

But I have never ever thought that they intentionally partnered with companies that sold junk. There are, of course, companies that sell bulk name brand clothing to stores like Costco that are lower quality so they can sell them inexpensively, but to my knowledge, there are no “lower quality foods” being sold to Costco.

I think Costco has some things to learn about getting and keeping more and more whole food products in their stores (I am petitioning them every time I go to get the Coleman Natural Hot Dogs back.  So if you are a member, drop that message in their suggestion box for me too, OK – “Get Coleman Hot Dogs year round :)!”  Thank you!!)

Anyway, about Carrington Farms’ super reasonable coconut oil at Costco . . .

What Carrington’s VP said to me is that the low price of their oil at Costco is simply a matter of the economy of scale.

Carrington sells coconut oil in 12 oz and 54 ounce sizes.  The 54 ounce size is what Costco carries.

They sell their 54 ounce for $24.99 on Amazon and for $15.99 at Costco. And they also have their own website.

That $15.99 is a real steal, but here is the deal.

It takes the same amount of work for Carrington to sell 1 container of coconut oil off their website as it does to sell 20,000 jars to Costco.

They have to take an order, pack it up, and ship it.

I know how this works.  I sell products on my Natural Store page.  The main products I sell are zeolite and soap nuts.

I sell one bottle of zeolite for $15.25 and 12 for $100 (instead of $183 at the “per bottle” price). I sell 1 ounce of soap nuts for $2.50 and four pounds for $52.30 (instead of $160 at the “per ounce” price).

So even though the size of the coconut oil at Costco is the same as the one on Amazon, they sell so many more at Costco that they can offer the coconut oil at a better price.

Carrington’s VP said that they sell many full truckloads to Costco weekly–versus 1 case each week at a regular grocery store.

It’s the same oil…..just the economy of scale working for Costco members.

PLUS – My Carrington Farms oil (that I bought about 4 months ago) has an expiration date clearly marked on the label – 2/20/15.  That is NOT old oil. And besides, it will likely last long beyond that date.  Coconut oil is known for its stability.

3.  Accusation #3: Carrington Farm’s Coconut Oil is not pure.

Sarah said that “Inexpensive Coconut Oil is Likely Poor Quality” and then went on to list the following possibilities  reasons why a coconut oil might be of poor quality, insinuating that Carrington Farms Coconut Oil is either

  • possibly not 100% coconut oil
  • improperly filtered
  • old

All it took was one phone call to Carrington Farms to straighten this out, and that is what I did.  I talked with one of their Vice Presidents who spent a lot of time on the phone with me going over their quality control.  And believe me, they are on top of their coconut oil’s quality.

Response: Quality-Related facts about Carrington Farms’ coconut oil

1.  Carrington Farms coconut oil is unrefined and no chemicals are used in the processing of the oil.

2.  The coconuts are grown on certified organic farms in the Philippines.

3. Representatives from Carrington have visited the farms to ensure quality of the growing process and a partner in the company visits to ensure that their representatives are doing everything they can to guarantee that everything is as they say it is.

4.  The coconuts are grown on several farms to avoid problems of “single site sourcing”–should there be a natural disaster in one farm, they can still get coconuts.

5.  The coconuts are processed within 4 days of being picked.

6.  The coconut oil is filtered twice before being moved to a bottling facility, and then it is filtered again.

7.  Carrington Farms does third party GC/MS testing on each lot of their oil.  If any other vegetable oil was cut into the coconut oil, it would show up on these tests.

8. The oil is tested for microbes, e-coli, salmonella and more.

9.  Their containers are BPA-free.

10.  Their coconut oil is unrefined, unbleached, and is not deodorized, and their processing is hexane and heat free. I think you can see that they care about quality.

Just because a product is one you haven’t heard of, doesn’t mean it is junk.  I too wondered about Carrington Farms Coconut Oil when I saw it at Costco.  I bought some and I am very happy with it.  

4.  Accusation #4: Carrington Farms is involved in fraudulent marketing because they label their coconut oil as being “Extra Virgin”

To quote Sarah,

There is no such thing as “extra virgin coconut oil”.  It is either refined coconut oil or virgin coconut oil. A friend of mine who is the owner of a company that is a quality purveyor of virgin coconut oil had this to say: “… any product that uses the term ‘extra virgin’ and it does not pertain to olive oil is using the term outside its definition… Trying to market something that does not exist.”

Response: The truth about “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil”

Well, to be fair, Sarah is right–there is no such thing as Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

But what Sarah should have checked before sharing this post is that the coconut oil that she recommends to her readers has been marketed as “Extra Virgin” too.

In her post, she said “the only way to ensure a quality product is to buy from a quality small business.” Interestingly, the words “buy from a quality small business” are linked to Village Green Network (the blogging network which Sarah is a big part of)’s affiliate portal where you can then click to see what coconut oil (and other products) they recommend.

The problem is that the coconut oil they recommend (Radiant Life) was also marketing themselves as being “Extra Virgin”.  In addition, when you can click around and check out their recommended products, VGN members don’t just get paid when you purchase, they get paid per click, so getting click-happy on their Resources page puts a lot of money in their pockets.)

I digress.

Some of Sarah’s readers called her on this “Extra Virgin” conundrum. Then Sarah said that she had contacted Radiant Life about it and they were changing their marketing. I don’t have anything against Radiant Life, but it is again, poorly researched.

In fact, here is a screen shot I pulled off the internet when I found out about this story, just so you could see that Radiant Life has been, and still is, marketing their oil as being “Extra Virgin.”

If you type in “Radiant Life Coconut Oil” into Google, up comes this description of their coconut oil.  This description is set by Radiant Life when they set up their product for Google: Radiant Life Coconut Oil Screen shot 2013-06-26 at 4.53.42 PMAnd here is an entry on Radiant Life’s blog about making your own “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion

(Update: In case Radiant Life changes their post, here is a screenshot of the top part of the post):

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Radiant Life

Radiant Life – Advertising how to make “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil” with their “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil”

What Carrington Farms’ VP told me is that, while there is no “Extra Virgin” designation for coconut oil, when they started marketing their oil, almost all of the other coconut oil companies in the US were marketing their oil as being “Extra Virgin,” and so they thought it would be both confusing to the customer, plus it would put their coconut oil in a negative light if they only labeled their oil as “Virgin.”

(Please note: The Amazon links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking, I might make a commission, but your price does not change. I thank you oh-so much for your support!)

Click on these links to see that a bunch of companies also market their coconut oil as being “Extra Virgin”:

1.  Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

2.  Nutiva

3.  Nature’s Way

4.  Barlean’s

5.  Jarrow

6.  Source Naturals (these are capsules, but they are called “Extra Virgin”)

7.  Vitacost

8.  Vitamin Shoppe

9.  Artisana

This list represents a mix between companies known for being inexpensive and those know for high quality.

But the point is that they all use the term “extra virgin” to describe their coconut oil. In fact, I think one is more hard pressed to find a company that doesn’t refer to its coconut oil as being “extra virgin” than one that does.

And the Carrington’s VP told me that they sell the exact same coconut oil in Canada as “Virgin Coconut Oil” because Canada has laws about coconut oil labeling that the US doesn’t have.

Now, let me be clear.  I could have just kept silent on this.

Sarah has a big blog and a lot of influence in the whole foodie blog world. It’s not really advisable to write something negative about someone that big. But, I really felt I had to stick up for a company that is being hurt because of this mess.

Just like Sarah wrote about the lessons she thinks should be learned about what type of coconut oil to buy, and where to buy it, I am adding my own set of lessons to be learned here:

1.  Don’t go on just one person’s word when accusing a company, or someone, of wrongdoing.

Sarah wrote that ” evidence is now emerging that my suspicions [that big box wholesaler brands of coconut oil are junk] have been justified.”

One person’s comment without sufficient details (such as lot number, expiration date, whether the container was opened previously or not) is not evidence.  It is just conjecture until the facts are checked out.

And just to put this out there, there are plenty of folks who just do mean things to hurt others.  I am not saying that Mary’s or Sarah’s intentions are such, but there are people who spread lies in order to hurt others and build themselves up, so we need to be really really careful when putting out negative claims about a person or company.

2.  Do due diligence before making a sweeping accusation. Sarah should have called Carrington to find out their side of the story before publishing something so damaging to their reputation.

3.  Say you’re sorry when you are wrong.

What You Can Do to Help

I think that Carrington Farms has really been through the ringer unfairly on this one. I am sure that their sales are hurting and that is just not right. I have a jug of their coconut oil right here and I will say it smells and tastes wonderful.

1.  Go to Costco and buy some Carrington Farms Coconut Oil.

2.  Go to Amazon and buy some Carrington Farms Coconut Oil.

3.  Subscribe to my blog.  I go to great lengths to make sure that I am doing good, solid research on everything that I share with you. It takes time and I am super busy. But I will not try to get you to read my blog by posting stuff that’s unnecessarily sensationalist.  It would mean a lot to have your vote of confidence by having you as a subscriber to my blog updates.  And besides–you wouldn’t want to miss anything, would you :)?

4.  Share this post (see sharing buttons below) with others so they can find out that Carrington Farms is a decent company with high quality products.

Finally – what about buying local and from small businesses?

That’s really a whole other topic.  I love supporting small businesses. But frankly, I can’t do it all the time.

I can’t do anything all the time–Blog, be a great homeschool mom, keep a clean house, recycle, get the best bargains, be a kind and loving wife.  I need work on all of those things.

Some more than others.

But right now, I buy local when I can. (I just got a flat of organic strawberries from a local farm and I buy eggs from a friend at church. UPDATE:  I was just accused of not supporting local businesses, so I am updating with more information: I just bought 15 local chickens and we have 2 local deer and a local pig in our freezer.  And the most local thing I do is we have a huge garden out back :)!)  As for coconut oil?  I am sticking with Tropical Traditions and Carrington, and Nutiva for now.  That doesn’t mean there aren’t other great companies. But a gal can only do so much research at once–and right now I am off to find a new brand of stevia :).

For more “controversial topics” that might interest you, check out:

1.  The FDA Says, “Probiotics are Dangerous? Arsenic is Safe

2.  Is There Engine Fuel on Your Almonds? – A must read.

3.  Which Essential Oils Company is Best? - you will see here that I did a TON of research into oils and oil companies. And I was very clear about my limitations and why I made the conclusions that I made.  And if I ever find something negative out about the company that I recommended, I will pull my recommendation. Plain and simple.

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skinnylawyer/

Please leave questions or comments below.  But please be respectful. Thank you.

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  1. Thank you for this blog. I have mostly found Costco products of very good quality. I buy the Nutiva Coconut oil (Canada). and it bothers me that someone would do a negative blog because of 1 persons complaint. (keeping food in the garage….really…?) I use coconut oil for everything and go through a large container within 2 months. So I for one is very happy with the prices from Costco. Canadian price is $24.99, Same jar in Health food stores is between $45 – $ 50. I guess for Sarah it is difficult to be impartial.

  2. Hi. Thank you for being honest and conscientious enough to refute that erroneous attack on Costco and Carrington farms wonderful coconut oil. I work at Costco and I shop there. I have tried several brands of coconut oil as we use a ton of it (I add it to my daily coffee!). And we use it for oil pulling. This is on my top ten list of great whole foods products that Costco sells. Thanks again for doing the due diligence against a more powerful blogger that didn’t bother to get her facts straight.

    • I love Costco! You have a great job I am sure!!! I’ve started oil pulling too. Yes, I was concerned about writing about her errors and I for sure don’t want enemies – but I had commented numerous times on her blog about her issues and never got a response so I didn’t know what else to do. Thanks!

  3. Awesome post!!! I have been using this oil since they started carrying it at Costco and absolutely LOVE, LOVE LOVE it!!! I tell everyone to pick it up there since the price AND quality are amazing…and I have tried so many brands in the past (have been using coconut oil since 2000 since I have many food allergies and this oil is a great substitute…and I bake a lot) and have been disappointed so many times by other more expensive brands (by their taste and smell, .or simply by the results they produce in my baking)…I bake with this oil all the time and have awesome results! Would never go back to any other brand…so thanks for clearing this up and doing your due diligence…I am also very happy that Costco carries such a grate product, making it available to more people (who would otherwise not consider using it).

  4. The coconut oil carried at my Costco is their own ‘Kirkland’ brand. I also use coconut oil for many things and have used many different brands. To me this coconut oil tastes and feels different, like it’s cut with Crisco. I was wondering if I was the only one that thought this. I know olive oil is notorious for being cut with other oils without our knowledge and without consequence…who’s to say it’s not the same for this coconut oil?

    • I personally don’t care for the new one but it tastes like Tropical Traditions’ brand to me. I love their quality but I don’t love the taste so I suspect it isn’t cut with anything at all but just is different. Thanks!

    • John Larson says:

      IMHO if it say organic unrefined virgin coconut oil that is what it is and that is all I am worried about. the other thing I will say on this is Costco has an excellent return policy .

      • I agree with you except that I guess they could be lying about it as in the totally corrupt olive oil industry. I don’t know if it’s going on w/ coconut oil but it could be. Thanks!

  5. Great article but there is no date of publication. That is very bad practice, especially for a review of a product as ephemeral as a Costco product. Costco products can disappear from the shelves a week later. The most dramatic example of this is when I first joined Costco, I found a 28g bottle of the very highest grade Valencia saffron for $30. I snapped one up thinking that this would always be available. When I went there the next week it was gone and it has never been replaced. I just bought a 2-jar package of Kirkland brand Organic Coconut Oil–$24 for 2 jars, each 1200g (42.3 fl. oz.). The ingredients are ‘Organic virgin coconut oil’, Certified Organic by OneCert, product of Philippines or Sri Lanka, ‘Cold pressed, unrefined, and chemical free’. I don’t know if this is the same brand as you reviewed but it is pure white and smells fantastic, like fresh coconuts.

    • Hi there. I used to have dates on all of my posts, but I removed them to try it out since many readers would ask something like “I know this is an old post so do you still feel such and such a way” so I figured this might be a better way to go. Yours is the first comment I have gotten regarding a different point of view. I know how Costco works with its products, but they have had the Carrington oil for a very long time and it is still in about 2/3 of the country as of about 3 months ago.

      The Kirkland Brand is for sure not the same. In my opinion the Carrington is superior but of course that’s subjective. :). I hope that helps.

      • I don’t quite follow your reasoning for not posting the date. Obviously it is important as reagards this particular product, especially considering it is no longer available at Costco. I don’t know where you got your “2/3 of the country” data, but I can’t imagine that Costco would make that information available. If you do a search on ‘coconut oil’ on the Costco site, you only get one hit: Kirkland Signature USDA Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (http://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature™-USDA-Certified-Organic-Virgin-Coconut-Oil-6-pack.product.100140910.html). The store we go to has a really high turn-around and is always jammed with customers, so what they carry is definitely the freshest latest offerings. The date on the jars I got is 12/09/2016. I’d check the date of any discontinued product that is still being sold. It could be expired. The only Costcos I found that might still carry the Carrington Farms Organic ‘Extra’ Virgin Coconut Oil brand (http://www2.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11906987&whse=BD_579&Ne=4000000&eCat=BD_579|96594|96596|96600&N=4057738&Mo=21&No=8&Nr=P_CatalogName:BD_579&cat=96600&Browse=1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&hierPath=96594*96596*96600*&topnav=bdoff) are the 9 Costco Business Delivery locations (http://www2.costco.com/Service/FeaturePage.aspx?ProductNo=10166063). Maybe… I haven’t checked the local one but I’m already very satisfied with the Kirkland brand. If the store doesn’t carry it, you have to pay $19.99 a jar plus a $25 ‘delivery surcharge’. You yourself say that Costco products are superior and I have heard nothing but praise for their Kirkland brand. We get their Balsamic Vinegar, Extra Virgin olive oil, various nuts, and other foods and are completely satisfied with the outstanding quality. You say “The Kirkland Brand is for sure not the same. In my opinion the Carrington is superior but of course that’s subjective.” How do you form that conclusion? Without any hard evidence, it can only be subjective. I mean how do you know that the Kirkland brand is not a rebranded Carrington’s or possibly even a superior brand? Do you really think that a company committed to a superior natural product would pander to an uninformed consumer market that demands ‘extra’ virgin coconut oil, which doesn’t exist, just to increase their market share? Especially after admitting that Costco is their main customer? At least the Kirkland brand gets it right by dropping the somewhat misleading, erroneous ‘extra’. Both brands claim to be organic, unrefined, cold pressed oil. I could find no real technical information about either brand. The only credible technical information I found about the Kirkland brand was an Amazon review (http://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R37EQLGXR6RBW4/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00J4VYCSC) by an engineer who has written many detailed, credible reviews, and who provides rankings of coconut oil by extraction process, Centrifuge Coconut Oil being the highest, and Cold Pressed being second out of fourth:

        “What’s my expert opinion as a professional chef, and coconut oil lover? COLD PRESSED is the best. … It’s the best overall for ALL USES – cooking, skin care, and raw. … Kirkland is true cold pressed, and is a VERY GOOD cold pressed. The flavor is rich, the texture is perfect. In my view Kirkland has reached a near ‘Utopian’ level with this, and I would stock up! … I’ve had the most expensive, most carefully handled centrifuge coconut oil on the planet, and I still prefer Kirkland’s Cold Pressed. While the Centrifuge was GOOD raw, on the spoon, it was pretty lousy in cooking, especially higher temps.”

        There is also this review (http://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R3FN2JKSVX6OTG/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00J4VYCSC) by another top reviewer who dedicates an entire paragraph to how Canada does not allow the ‘extra’ term on the label and claims that Canada produces the best VCOs, then lists definitions of Grades A-D oils, and says that Kirkland’s is grade C:

        “GRADE C: Unfiltered, Certified organic by the USDA, Kosher, cold-pressed from fresh coconuts. Unknown if first pressed, Not Fair Trade, Not Ecocert, Not raw oil produced in couple hours or less like Grade A. … This is GRADE C VCO. Not Fair Trade but at an excellent VCO at $.31 an ounce.”

        Not that these reviews are in any way conclusive. They don’t quote sources and so can only be taken as seemingly informed opinions. But they are more technical than anything else I’ve read about both these products.

        • Hi there. Sorry if I wasn’t clear enough. I meant that many people would comment on posts something like this: “I am sorry that this is an old post. Do you still recommend this company? / product?” or something along those lines. So I guess the problem can go either way.

          Costco still carries this product. I don’t know how many stores now but the last time I talked to Carrington they were still in about 2/3 of the country so that’s how I know.

          I love a lot of Kirkland products but I personally prefer the Carrington brand to the Kirkland coconut oil. Were you ever able to try it?

          Of course my thoughts on the coconut oil are subjective. I never claimed otherwise. I have tried tons of coconut oils and the taste of Kirklands is like Tropical Traditions. I love TT’s quality but the taste isn’t my favorite for baking and cooking. I contacted Carrington and TT and am sure that this is not a rebranding of either of those company’s products.

          I hope that helps. Thanks.

          • I too would like to know the date posted. You may need to field questions as a result, but it shows you’re still getting views, and you have a chance to give an update at that time. I think you’re serving a very useful purpose with your columns, and I appreciate your honest, specific style- I know when it’s your opinion, what sources you used, and I like your approach even though I don’t always agree or may have other experience that leads me to a different conclusion- for example, I am confident that Young Living is the “industry leader” because of their high quality, uncompromising practices and active research & development in health support. Their business model isn’t my style, but that doesn’t stop me from using and promoting their products. Now that I’ve read your entries on oils I’m interested in checking out NAN. It sounds like they don’t offer as many products, but at least worth a look. Thank you for the information on oils and this post on coconut oil. I’ll be back!

            • Hi there. It’s hard to know what to do but I will talk to my IT folks about it. If I leave the date, readers comment asking me if I still feel the same way. Now I have had 2 comments b/c I don’t have the date. Either way, I guess folks can read the comments to see the dates :).

              I would say that NAN probably has more options, but not necessarily. They have several varieties of many oils which leads some to shop with Rocky Mountain Oils instead. Those who are more “aficionados” appreciate the selection that NAN offers. Hope that helps and thanks for the encouragement!

  6. Thank you so much for being brave to speak out against the sensationalist no-research tactics of some natural health blogs. You did a good job of being respectful while pointing out the facts. I feel like the sensationalist blogs give a bad name to the natural health community among more mainstream folks, Personally, I stopped reading The Healthy Home Economist a while back when I saw how she vilified vegetarianism as causing tooth decay when the study she cited said no such thing. By the way, I’m not a vegetarian, I just don’t like sensationalism.

    • I just read that post. I found that to be very odd. The title didn’t match the cited article nor some of the content of the post. I used to be a vegan – mostly b/c of my son’s life threatening allergies to dairy and egg, and my fear of having heart disease. I don’t eat copious amounts of animal protein now but I do try to get some every day. Thanks for commenting. Hope to see you around again. I do like a lot of what Sarah does, but I have a hard time with posts like that. One should correct mistakes like that. Thanks again.

  7. Lisa, San diego says:

    I just received my order of Kirkland coconut oil; and it is wonderful. I have had lots of Nutiva in the past and this is just as good. Quality, texture, melt ability, flavor ALL pass my expectation and the price from Costco was great. I use it every day.