Fractionated Coconut Oil Vs Virgin Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil sucks... just because it is not as natural as virgin coconut oil?

No way! We can't simply base on such fact and say that fractionated coconut oil is bad. That's outright unfair to fractionated coconut oil, don't you think?

I would say each has its own benefits on health and skin, and in other aspects. But whether their benefits apply to you or not will depend on what you're looking for. Why not we compare their properties side by side first so that you can make a better decision on which one to choose for your needs?

Properties Fractionated Coconut Oil (aka MCT oil, Liquid Coconut Oil) Virgin Coconut Oil
Type Refined, man-made Unrefined, natural
Content 100% medium-chain fatty acids Less than 1% short-, 64% medium- and 35% long-chain fatty acids
Also known as... MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil or liquid coconut oil Unrefined coconut oil or Extra-virgin coconut oil
Degree of saturation 100% saturated 92% saturated, 8% unsaturated
Melting point 14 to 25 °F (-10 to -4 °C) 76 °F (24 °C)
Smoke point 320 °F (160 °C) 350 °F (177 °C)
Color in liquid state Colorless Colorless
Color in solid state Snowy white Snowy white
Odor Odorless Scent of coconut
Uses Skin care products, hair care, massage oil, medicine, special diet for athletes Skin care, hair care, food for health benefits
Shelf life Several months to 5 years 2 years

It seems that the only common characteristic between fractionated and virgin coconut oil is their color.

For your infoHigh quality fractionated coconut oil should look colorless. Low quality may appear yellowish due to the moldy impurities or other colored contaminants not completely removed in the manufacturing process.

Other than that, everything else is different. And their differences mean that their ...read more »

Can You Eat Fractionated Coconut Oil?

Fractionated coconut oil actually comes in 3 different types, one is labeled fractionated coconut oil, the other two MCT oil and liquid coconut oil.

Types of fractionated coconut oil

Although they're produced from roughly the same manufacturing process (hydrolysis followed by fractional distillation then esterification) and hold essentially the same medium-chain fatty compounds – caprylic and capric acids, not all 3 types are edible.

That's because the one labeled fractionated coconut oil is primarily manufactured for external use only (hair care, skin care, body care). This type has not passed the quality assurance to be sold as food (not FDA approved). Hence, you should not eat it.

If you fear you might eat the wrong type of fractionated coconut oil, just bear in mind that fractionated coconut oil comes with a ...read more »