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Coconut Oil: Extra-Virgin or Virgin?

This question still remains popular. Coconut Oil: Extra-Virgin or Virgin?

At Nutiva, our goal has always been to source the purest possible coconut oil and provide you and your family with the freshest and most high-quality product. We have our own quality standard and commitment that we’ve conveyed by using the term “extra virgin” on our labels. However, you’ll notice with our new look, that we are now using the term “virgin” to describe our coconut oil rather than “extra virgin.” Despite this change, our quality commitment and process remain the same.

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Coconut Oil: Extra-Virgin or Virgin?

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  • We choose fresh coconuts that meet pre-determined sensory requirements that guarantee the best flavor, scent, and purity.
  • Our virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed from fresh and mature coconut meat; no heat is used.
  • Our virgin coconut oil is in its purest form – unrefined, unbleached and non-deodorized.

This process ensures that the smooth flavor, vital nutrients, and delicate fats are retained.

We embraced the term “extra virgin coconut oil” to distinguish our dedication to the highest quality. In the USA, there is no legal definition or standard for the term, “extra virgin” as it applies to coconut oil. In other countries, however, there are standards of identity regarding the term. For example, in Canada, we have always labeled our same high-quality coconut oil as “organic virgin coconut oil,” to comply with regulations. As Nutiva continues to grow and offer our coconut oil to more countries with varying regulations, we want to create consistency across all our labels. For this reason, we will be using the term “organic virgin coconut oil” going forward, but our high-quality product and processes will remain the same. You will see this change on our new packaging that will appear on shelves in early 2014.

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  1. Beth says:

    Are all of the coconuts used in Nutiva coconut oils grown in the same country. Or do you use coconuts from different countries in your Nutiva coconut oils. While reading comments from others, the thought came to me that perhaps you are using coconuts of different origins which may have a different flavor that causes the difference in taste to some.

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Beth,
      Yes, we do use coconuts from different countries including the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Our coconut oil comes primarily from South East Asia. The country of origin is stamped on each jar. Hope this helps!

  2. June Woo says:

    Is your coconut oil made with non-copra coconut ?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Copra is simply dried coconut meat. Our virgin coconut oil does not contain copra, as it is pressed from fresh coconut meat. Our refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut meat, as such it contains copra.

  3. bruce says:

    It seems the term “Extra virgin” deals with percentage of acidity and proton concentration.
    It seems to me that the term is used here in the USA to denote LESS than 1% acidity. I believe the regulations on this term are lax but nonetheless that’s how it is typically understood in the USA market and also the global market.
    It seems that Nutiva coconut oil is NOT up to the grade of EXTRA virgin in other countries…? And maybe never was. Even when it was labeled as such in the USA market…?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Our coconut oil is virgin, meaning it is unrefined. In the past, we embraced the term “extra virgin coconut oil” to distinguish our dedication to the highest quality. In the USA, there is no legal definition or standard for the term, “extra virgin” as it applies to coconut oil. In other countries, however, there are standards of identity regarding the term. For example, in Canada we have always labeled our same high quality coconut oil as “organic virgin coconut oil,” to comply with regulations. As Nutiva continues to grow and offer our coconut oil to more countries with varying regulations, we want to create consistency across all our labels. For this reason, we will be using the term “organic virgin coconut oil” going forward, but our high quality product and processes will remain the same.

  4. Tom Masatani says:

    I don’t see any expiration dates on the coconut oil jar anywhere. How log after opening the jar of coconut oil must I use it up by? a year or two or less than a year? The label has a date of 2014. I got it in 2016. But it has no “best used by” or “expired by” date. What is the normal shelf life of your products?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Both Nutiva’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Organic Refined Coconut Oil have a shelf life of 2 years from the date it has been packed in our facilities.

  5. Deepali says:

    Is it safe to apply the oil on belly for pregnant women?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Deepali,
      We always recommend contacting your pediatrician or health care provider for the final answer to this question.

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