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What is a chia seed?

Chia is a very nutritious ancient seed that has been commonly used in Latin American countries for thousands of years.

Is it the same seed as in those chia pets?

Yes, those are chia seeds! They sprout into microgreens, which you can add to salads or sandwiches, or just eat plain. They are similar to alfalfa sprouts in taste and texture.

What do chia seeds taste like?

When eaten dry, chia tastes a bit like a poppy seed. It is dense, small and crunchy. Soaked chia seeds absorb liquid and become very plump, sweet and soft like tapioca pearls, and can be used much in the same way.

What are the benefits of chia seeds?

Chia seeds are loaded with healthy benefits, which makes them considered a “superfood.”

A one ounce (28 g) serving of chia seeds contain 9 percent of the recommended daily value of protein, 13 percent of oil and 42 percent of the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber.

Chia is a rich source of essential minerals including phosphorous and manganese as well as calcium and trace amounts of sodium and potassium, which all keep vital organs functioning properly.

Chia seeds also contain healthy antioxidants, including caffeic and chlorogenic acids, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol, which may prevent cellular damage.

The chia seed is a rich source of Omega-3, and in fact has more Omega-3 than flax seed. Omega-3 fatty acids support brain and heart function, promote healthy skin and hair and may prevent and treat certain mild types of depression.

How do I use chia seeds?

Sprinkle chia seeds onto salads, soups, yogurt, even into sandwiches and wraps.

Use chia in recipes that call for sesame or poppy seeds. Add to muffins, bread, cookies and cakes.

Chia absorbs 9-12 times its weight in water and can make a delicious tapioca-like pudding.

What is Nutiva organic coconut flour?

Our Organic Coconut Flour is made with the seed cake from our Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. Fresh organic coconut meat is hand scooped out of the shell, flaked, and conveyed through a hot air dryer, which runs at 170°F, within a few hours of shelling to remove the water, and is then cold expeller pressed. The seed cake is then milled into a flour.

What is the shelf life of Nutiva organic coconut flour?

The shelf life of our Organic Coconut Flour is 1 year from the date it has been packed in our facilities.

How should I store Nutiva organic coconut flour?

We recommend storing our Organic Coconut Flour away from direct sunlight in a cool, dry location.

How healthy is Nutiva organic coconut flour?

Our Organic Coconut Flour has a lower glycemic index than most traditional flours.

Is Nutiva organic coconut flour gluten free?

Yes, our Organic Coconut Flour is certified gluten free.

Can you substitute Nutiva organic coconut flour for all purpose flour?

Our Organic Coconut Flour can be substituted for up to 1/3rd of wheat flour in standard recipes. Due to its high fiber content, 
it absorbs lots of liquid, so increase the liquid in the 
recipe by an equal amount. Because it is gluten-free, it is necessary to add egg, chia gel, or even substitute a small amount of tapioca flour to assure that it binds properly.

What gives Nutiva organic coconut oil with butter flavor its buttery flavor?

Nutiva’s buttery flavor is derived from pure non-GMO certified organic, fermented, gluten-free plants including sunflower, coconut, and mint.

Is Nutiva organic coconut oil with butter flavor vegan?

Yes, our Organic Coconut Oil with Butter Flavor is certified vegan. Our vegan butter flavor is made from pure, non-GMO, certified organic, fermented, gluten-free plants including sunflower, coconut and mint.

Can I use Nutiva organic coconut oil with butter flavor as a butter-substitute when baking?

Yes. For best results when baking, use ¾ of the recipe’s indicated amount of butter, and replace the remaining ¼ with water.

What is the smoke point of Nutiva organic coconut oil with butter flavor?

Technically the smoke point is 365°F, which is the smoke point of refined coconut oil. However the added vegan buttery flavor starts to break down and lose its strength at these higher temperatures. So, to retain the buttery flavor we recommend low to medium heat, not to exceed about 325°F.

What is Nutiva organic coconut sugar?

Our Organic Coconut Sugar is made from the sap that comes from coconut palms, much like maple sugar and maple syrup is made from the sap of the maple tree. The sap is boiled at about 212°F, which is about 100°C, to make Organic Coconut Sugar. It is not raw. Our Organic Coconut Sugar has a mild molasses-like color and taste to it The palm trees used to make coconut sugar are usually more than 50 years old. It is more sustainable to use these trees for sap production, rather than just cutting them down and replacing them with new trees, and gives the farmer a better return on their investment.

Can I bake with Nutiva organic coconut sugar?

Yes, you can replace white sugar with our Organic Coconut Sugar in your recipes at a 1:1 ratio. Please note that coconut sugar will make your batter brown.

What is the shelf life of Nutiva organic coconut sugar?

The shelf life of our Organic Coconut Sugar is one year from the date it was packed in our facilities.

How do I store Nutiva organic coconut sugar?

Store our Organic Coconut Sugar in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight.

What is the glycemic index of Nutiva organic coconut sugar?

Organic Coconut Sugar has a low glycemic index of 35.

What are Nutiva organic hazelnut spreads made of?

They’re made from sustainably sourced superfood ingredients like organic flaxseed, coconut oil and chia seed. For the full list of ingredients, please see the product page.

Are Nutiva organic hazelnut spreads vegan?

Yes, our Organic Hazelnut Spreads are Certified Vegan. All of the ingredients in our spreads are vegan. However, there may be non-vegan ingredients handled in the same production facility. This statement is mostly intended for people with severe allergies where even traces of cross-contamination with an allergen could threaten their lives. For further clarification, please visit the Vegan Certification website FAQ section.

Why do yellow dots sometimes appear in Nutiva organic hazelnut spreads?

Cream or yellow colored spotting may occur because the product contains red palm oil. This oil contains a naturally occurring fat called stearin. Stearin solidifies at cooler temperatures and will melt when heated. In cooler weather, place the jar in hot water for 10-15 minutes with the lid screwed on tightly to prevent water from getting in. This will warm the Hazelnut Spread so you may stir it. The stearin should mix back into the product.

What is the shelf life of Nutiva hemp oil?

Our Organic Hemp Oil has a shelf life of 12 months from the date in which it is packed in our facilities.

How should I store Nutiva organic hemp oil?

It does not need to be refrigerated before opening. Please store Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil in the refrigerator or freezer after opening.

What are the benefits of Nutiva organic hemp oil?

Just like hemp seed, Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil contains the ideal 3:1 omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Our Organic Hemp Oil has valuable Super Omega-3 (SDA) and Super Omega-6 (GLA), which can help the body metabolize fat.

Can you fry with Nutiva organic hemp oil?

It’s not recommended. You should not heat organic hemp oil above 300°F in order to preserve the essential fatty acids (EFAs).

Could I fail a drug test after consuming Nutiva organic hemp oil?

No. Hempseed is not to be confused with marijuana. Although the two plants are related, hemp products contain only trace levels of THC and will not cause a psychoactive effect. If the only source of THC in your body is from hemp products eaten in reasonable quantities, it is virtually impossible to fail a drug test by ingesting hemp foods. Through a third party provider, THC levels in our products are tested and verified to ensure the levels are below 10 ppm (parts per million).

What is the shelf life of Nutiva organic hemp protein?

Our Organic Hemp Protein has a shelf life of 12 months from the date on which it was packed in our facilities.

How should I store Nutiva organic hemp protein?

Our Organic Hemp Protein does not need to be refrigerated before opening. Please store Organic Hemp Protein in the refrigerator or freezer after opening.

How can I use Nutiva organic hemp protein?

Our Organic Hemp Protein powder is best blended with a banana and/or frozen fruit, plus a non-dairy milk such as coconut milk. This helps achieve a creamy texture and adds great flavor.

What’s the difference between Nutiva organic hemp protein 15g and Nutiva organic hemp protein hi-fiber?

Our Organic Hemp Protein 15g contains 15g of protein and 8g of fiber while our Organic Hemp Protein Hi-Fiber has 11g of protein and 12g of fiber per serving.

Could I fail a drug test after consuming Nutiva organic hemp protein?

No. Hempseed is not to be confused with marijuana. Although the two plants are related, hemp products contain only trace levels of THC and will not cause a psychoactive effect. If the only source of THC in your body is from hemp products eaten in reasonable quantities, it is virtually impossible to fail a drug test by ingesting hemp foods. Through a third party provider, THC levels in our products are tested and verified to ensure the levels are below 10 ppm (parts per million).

Is Nutiva organic liquid coconut oil fractionated?

Yes. Using a USDA certified organic process, we extract the fats from virgin coconut oil that remain solid at room temperature. This results in an oil that remains liquid, even at cooler temperatures.

What is the shelf life of Nutiva organic liquid coconut oil?

Nutiva Organic Liquid Coconut Oil has a shelf life of 2 years from the date it has been packed in our facilities.

What is the smoke point of Nutiva organic liquid coconut oil?

The smoke point of our Organic Liquid Coconut Oil is approximately 350°F.

How should I store Nutiva organic liquid coconut oil?

Store at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. There is no need to refrigerate our Organic Liquid Coconut Oil.

What is Nutiva organic MCT oil?

Nutiva Organic MCT Oil is an oil concentrated with medium-chain triglyerides, capric acid and caprylic acid. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a unique type of fatty acid naturally found in coconuts that support the metabolism and are easily digested and burned by the body for energy and fuel.* Loved by health and wellness enthusiasts around the world, MCT oil can also help support weight management along with a balanced diet and exercise.* (*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)

Is Nutiva organic MCT oil suitable for ketogenic diets?

Yes. MCTs break down into ketones more easily than long-chain triglycerides. These ketones can then be used as fuel for your body. Our Organic MCT Oil has more MCTs per serving than any other brand, making it an excellent option for people following a ketogenic diet.

How does Nutiva organic MCT oil produce energy?

The body efficiently converts our Organic MCT Oil into ketones, which are a source of fuel for the body. For people following a ketogenic diet which results in a state of ketosis, ketones are the primary source of fuel and are rapidly metabolized by the body.

Can you use Nutiva organic MCT oil in bulletproof coffee?

Yes, our Organic MCT Oil makes a perfect addition to Bulletproof coffee. Blending our MCT Oil and Buttery Coconut Oil into coffee creates a rich, creamy and delicious morning beverage that provides energy.* (*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)

Can Nutiva organic MCT oil support weight loss?

Many people following a ketogenic diet utilize our Organic MCT Oil as a key source of energy. Our Organic MCT Oil contains 93% MCTs and 13g of Medium-chain triglycerides per serving. MCTs are easily digested and provide energy, support the metabolism and are burned by the body for energy and fuel.* In conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise, consuming MCT Oil can support weight management.* (*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)

Can you use Nutiva organic MCT oil for cooking?

Yes, you can cook with Nutiva Organic MCT Oil. The smoke point is approximately 350F.

What is the shelf life of Nutiva organic MCT oil?

Nutiva Organic MCT Oil has a shelf life of two years from the date on which the product was packed.

How should I store Nutiva organic MCT oil?

Store at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. There is no need to refrigerate Nutiva Organic MCT Oil.

What is the difference between Nutiva organic MCT oil and organic liquid coconut oil?

The two products are identical in ingredients. However, we do additional testing on the MCT Oil to confirm the exact levels of caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid that are contained within the medium chain triglycerides (MCT), as is incated in the MCT Oil Supplement Facts label.

Is Nutiva organic MCT oil made in a facility that is free from peanut, dairy, wheat, gluten, tree nuts, and eggs?

Always look at the product label for any allergen statements and please email us for a current version of our Allergen Chart at: help@nutiva.com

How should I store Nutiva organic MCT powder?

Store our Organic MCT Powder in a cool dry place. No refrigeration is required.

What is Nutiva organic MCT powder?

Our Organic MCT Powder is made from Organic MCT Oil. In order to create a convenient, easily digestible powder product, we add prebiotic acacia fiber and tapioca maltodextrin to deliver the same goodness in powdered form.

How is Nutiva organic MCT powder different from Nutiva organic MCT oil?

Both products are derived from our Organic Liquid Coconut Oil. Our Organic MCT Oil has 13g MCTs, 0g trans fat and cholesterol per serving while our Organic MCT Powder has 10g MCTs and 0g net carbs per serving. Some users find our Organic MCT Powder easier to digest, so it is easier to incorporate into your diet quickly.

How is Nutiva organic MCT powder made?

MCT Oil is combined with organic acacia fiber and organic tapioca maltodextrin and then goes through an organic spray-drying process.

What is the shelf life of Nutiva organic MCT powder?

The shelf life of our Organic MCT Powder is 18 months from the date on which it was packed in our facilities.

What is the shelf life of Nutiva organic plant protein superfood smoothie?

Our Organic Plant Protein Superfood Smoothie has a shelf life of two years from the date it was packed in our facilities.

How do I store Nutiva organic plant protein superfood smoothie?

After opening, close lid tightly and store in a cool, dry place away from direct light?

What is Nutiva organic plant protein superfood smoothie sourced from?

Our Organic Protein Superfood Smoothie offers a complete plant protein blend derived from pea, pumpkin, hemp, and sunflower. It’s an excellent source of vitamins from fruits and vegetables. And it includes probiotics. It’s made to taste great, without added sugar or stevia, gluten, soy, grain or wheat.

What is Nutiva organic red palm oil?

Grown on small organic family farms in Ecuador, Nutiva Organic Red Palm Oil is certified Organic, Non-GMO and Fair Trade. We partner with Natural Habitats™ to ensure that no deforestation or habitat destruction results from the growing or harvesting process. It has a mild carrot-like flavor, with a rich, buttery texture. Some red palm oils have a strong or harsh flavor, however, our proprietary cold-filtration process removes any strong flavor while retaining the nutrients.

What is the shelf life of Nutiva organic red palm oil?

The shelf life of our Organic Red Palm Oil oil is 18 months from the date on which it was packed in our facilities.

How should I store Nutiva organic red palm oil?

It is best stored in a cool, low light location. Refrigeration is not necessary, but will extend the shelf life.

What are the nutritional benefits of Nutiva organic red palm oil?

Red palm oil contains the highest amounts of vitamin A and E of any plant-based oil. Its rich orange color reveals the presence of antioxidant vitamins A and E, in the forms of beta-carotene and rare tocotrienols and tocopherols of the vitamin E family. These nutrients provide color to vegetables and fruits such as carrots and tomatoes.

What does Nutiva organic red palm oil taste like?

Our unrefined Organic Red Palm Oil has a mild carrot-like flavor, with a rich, buttery texture. Some red palm oils have a strong or harsh flavor, however, our proprietary cold-filtration process removes any strong flavor while retaining the nutrients.

What can I use Nutiva organic red palm oil for?

Red Palm oil makes an excellent cooking oil for baking, sautéing, dips and medium heat frying. In particular it’s delicious tossed with popcorn or in stews and sauces. All tropical oils, including red palm, are excellent cooking oils. The fatty acids in palm oil are very stable and are excellent for medium heat cooking temperatures. Tropical oils have also been traditionally used for body care, from massage to soaps and cosmetics.

Is Nutiva organic red palm oil raw?

Our Organic Red Palm Oil is not raw. To extract the oil, fresh-harvested organic palm fruit bunches are steamed around 200°F to release the oil from the fruit, then cold expeller-pressed to further separate the oil.

Is Nutiva organic red palm oil linked to deforestation?

No. By partnering with Natural Habitats in Ecuador we ensure that no deforestation or habitat destruction results from the growing or harvesting process. Click here to learn more.

Does palm oil production harm orangutans?

Palm oil grown in Southeast Asia is associated with destruction of rainforest and orangutan habitat. Orangutans do not live in Ecuador and our red palm does not contribute to deforestation or habitat destruction. Nutiva partners with Palm Done Right, an international campaign to raise consumer awareness around Palm Projects that contribute to making the environment, communities and the world a better place. Click here to learn more.

My Nutiva organic red palm oil has a strange consistency. Is that normal?

Some product separation is normal. Because our Organic Red Palm Oil comes from a fruit and is unrefined, the fats can sometimes separate. Once heated, you’ll see the oil becomes reincorporated. Specks and variations in color and consistency occur naturally in this oil.

Can Nutiva organic red palm oil stain my skin?

If applied directly to the skin, it will add a reddish orange color, but will wash off with soap and water.

What is Nutiva organic refined coconut oil?

Refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut meat. It has a more neutral scent and flavor than virgin coconut oil, and a higher smoke point, which makes it suitable for higher temperature cooking. Unlike other companies that use harsh chemicals to produce refined coconut oil, we gently steam-refine our oil to manufacture Nutiva Organic Refined Coconut Oil. This process is certified organic and uses absolutely no chemicals.

Is it ok to use Nutiva organic refined coconut oil on your hair?

Yes, you can use Nutiva Organic Refined Coconut Oil as a hair treatment. Some coconut oil fans prefer Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil for haircare, but you can enjoy the benefits of lauric acid from either product.

What is the smoke point for Nutiva organic refined coconut oil?

The smoke point for Nutiva Organic Refined Coconut Oil is 400°F / 205°C, making it ideal for sautéing, baking and stir-frying,

What are the differences between Nutiva organic refined coconut oil and organic virgin coconut oil?

One of the most immediate differences between Nutiva’s Virgin and Refined Coconut Oil is the taste and aroma. While our Virgin (unrefined) Coconut Oil boasts a delicious, tropical coconut scent and flavor, our Refined Coconut Oil has a neutral scent and flavor. Our Organic Refined Coconut Oil has a higher smoke point of 400°F / 205°C, making it ideal for sautéing, baking and stir-frying.

In what state is Nutiva’s USA-grown Organic Hemp Seed grown?

Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed is sourced from organic hemp farmers in the state of Colorado. We also continue to offer hemp seed grown in Canada. Both types are available on the Hemp Seed product page of our online store.

Are there any nutritional differences between the U.S. and Canadian sourced Organic Shelled Hemp Seed products?

No. Both Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed products have the same nutritional composition and benefits.

Is Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed raw?

Yes, our Organic Shelled Hemp Seed is a raw food product.

To what temperature can I heat Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed without compromising the nutritional benefits?

Organic Shelled Hemp Seed can be used in baking recipes, so long as the internal temperature (not the oven temperature) is below 325°F. Most baked good have an internal temperature between 190°F and 210°F when they are done.

If I consume Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed, could I fail a drug test?

No, hemp seed is not to be confused with marijuana. Although the two plants are related, hemp products contain only trace levels of THC and will not cause a psychoactive effect. If the only source of THC in your body is from hemp products eaten in reasonable quantities, it is virtually impossible to fail a drug test by ingesting hemp foods. Through a third party provider, THC levels in our products are tested and verified to ensure the levels are below 10 ppm (parts per million).

What is the shelf life of Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed?

Our Organic Shelled Hemp Seed has a shelf life of 18 months from the date it was packed in our facilities.

How do I store Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed?

We recommend storing our Organic Shelled Hemp Seed in the refrigerator once the packaging has been been opened.

Is Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed made in a facility that is free from peanut, dairy, wheat, gluten, tree nuts, and eggs?

Always look at the product label for any allergen statements and please email us for a current version of our Allergen Chart at: help@nutiva.com

Are shelled hemp seeds and hemp hearts the same thing?

Yes, they are different marketing terms for the same product.

What is Nutiva organic shortening?

Our Organic Shortening is a blend of organic palm fruit oil, organic unrefined red palm oil and organic virgin coconut oil. It is a great choice for baked goods such as pie crusts, biscuits and cookies that call for a neutral-flavored, dairy-free shortening.

Is Nutiva organic shortening vegan?

Yes, our Organic Shortening is vegan. In addition to not containing dairy, it does not contain corn, soy, lactose, or sweeteners.

What is the shelf life of organic shortening?

The shelf life of our shortening is 18 months from the date it has been packed in our facilities.

How do I store the shortening?

Store at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. There is no need to refrigerate the Shortening.

Is it ok to leave Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil in your hair overnight?

Some people recommend 30 minutes as a good length for treatment, but you can use our Organic Virgin Coconut Oil as a leave-in treatment overnight. Experiment with treatments of different lengths and see which works best for you.

Where does Nutiva’s organic virgin coconut oil come from?

Our Organic Virgin Coconut Oil comes from Southeast Asia, where the coconut oil is processed immediately upon harvesting. The creamy, white meat of the coconut is scooped out of the shell by hand. What you get is simply the creamy, fresh flavor of pure coconut.

What are the health benefits of Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil?

Our Organic Virgin Coconut Oil contains lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid also found in human breast milk. Lauric acid makes up about 50% of coconut oil. Fatty acids (also knows as medium-chain tryglycerides or MCTs) are easy to digest, provide the body with quick energy and may boost fat burning. MCTs may also help lower blood cholesterol levels.

What type of jars is Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil packaged in?

Nutiva packages our oil in three types of materials: Glass jars, clear PET and white HDPE. We have found the white HDPE holds up better for shipping via UPS or USPS during the hot summer months.

Is Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil good for my hair?

Yes. As a hair conditioner coconut oil nourishes dry and brittle hair, encourages healthy hair growth, prevents hair loss, promotes a healthy scalp, and relieves dandruff. It provides the essential proteins required to nourish dry, damaged hair and rejuvenates the hair very quickly.

How do I cook with Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil?

Use Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil instead of other oils in your daily cooking. You can blend coconut oil in smoothies, use it as a spread on toast (it makes fantastic cinnamon toast), use it as a topping on popcorn, and in other recipes. Check out the recipe section of our site for cooking inspiration.

There are small specks in the bottom of my Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil. What are they?

They are coconut fibers. They’re perfectly normal, much like finding small bits of cork in a glass of fine wine.

What is the shelf life of Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil?

Nutiva’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is very stable with a shelf life of at least two years.

Does Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil need to be refrigerated?

No, Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil does not need to be refrigerated. As a matter of fact, if you put coconut oil in the refrigerator, it becomes nearly as hard as rock, a feature which can be useful in warm weather. The product has a shelf life of at least two years.

How do I bake with coconut oil?

Replace other oils or butter at a 1:1 ratio, or for shortening, replace 1 part shortening with 3/4 part coconut oil. Either melt it or use it at room temperature depending on your needs. Keep in mind coconut oil will mix well when the rest of your ingredients are at room temperature. It makes a great replacement for vegetable oils and shortening, which can contain GMOs and Trans fats. Use coconut oil at room temperature for flaky baked products. Melt coconut oil and use it in its liquid state to replace vegetable oil and butter.

What is the difference between “virgin” and “extra virgin” coconut oil?

There is no difference between “virgin” and “extra virgin” coconut oil. Unlike olive oil which has multiple pressings, organic coconut oil has just one pressing. Some countries, like Canada, do not allow the use of the term “extra virgin” to describe coconut oil, only olive oil. While some companies choose to market their product as “extra virgin” in territories where that is allowed, Nutiva has chosen to use the name Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil consistently in all territories where out product is sold.

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