Are your coconuts products free from traces of peanut, tree nuts (inc. almonds) and sesame? We have allergies so even minute traces (e.g. from shared processing equipment would be a problem).

Only coconuts are processed at the plant that produces Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil and the packaging facility is nut free and peanut free.

Can I use your coconut oil as a moisturiser?

For dry skin and other skin conditions our Coconut Oil makes a wonderful moisturiser which protects against damage and promotes healing – this is because it contains vitamin E and antioxidants. A little goes a long way so use it sparingly and add more as required.

Can you deep fry with Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil?

Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil is unrefined and has a smoke point around 178C, 350F. As such, it is best suited for general frying, roasting or baking, rather than deep frying.

Can you use Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil as a replacement for butter in sandwiches?

Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil makes a great dairy free butter replacement in sandwiches. You’ll notice a slight coconut taste when used as a spread which is rather pleasant depending on individual taste – generally, the coocnut flavour will be lost if you use it in any cooking though, for example to roast or fry with.

Do I use the same amount of coconut oil as butter?

When replacing butter in a recipe with coconut oil, I find you only need 3/4s of the amount stated ie. for every 100g of butter, I’d use 75g of coconut oil. If baking, you can also reduce the stated amount of sugar by about 1/3.

Do you have a weight loss plan that includes coconut oil?

I’m afraid we don’t have an actual weight loss plan. Personally I try to eat foods that are as close to Nature as possible, avoid processed foods, use Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil as my choice of fat and include exercise in my daily routine.

With particular reference to coconut oil itself, it is slightly less calorific than other fats and is a medium-chain fatty acid, containing lauric acid.

We need some fat in our diet for fuel, so it’s important to eat the right kind.

Under EU regulation for food health claims, we are unable to quote health benefits of coconut oil or any of our product range. Please feel free to do your own research, putting you in a position to make an informed decision.

Do you have references to back the health claims?

Under EU regulation for food health claims, we are unable to quote the health benefits of any of our product range. Please feel free to do your own research, putting you in a position to make your own informed decision.

There are various references that support claims concerning the benefits of coconut oil, some anecdotal, some contentious and others from established sources.

Dr Bruce Fife, sometimes known as ‘the coconut guru’ has written several papers based on his research that offer insightful information.

He has, also, written several books on his findings about the many benefits, which may be of interest. I’d recommend ‘The Coconut Miracle’, which is quite easy reading and available on Amazon.

Coconut oil is a saturated fat and it’s interesting to see that opinion is changing in recent months over the role of saturated fats in general. The NHS has recently published an article:

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/03March/Pages/Saturated-fats-and-heart-disease-link-unproven.aspx

which concludes “In contrast to current recommendations, this systematic review found no evidence that saturated fat increases the risk of coronary disease, or that polyunsaturated fats have a cardioprotective effect.” This report did go on to say, however, that “Current UK guidelines remained unchanged”. This is an area in which, I’m sure, we’ll see much more debate in the future.

Coconut oil is a saturated fat made up of medium-chain fatty acids. As a fat, coconut oil should only form part of a balanced diet of nutrient rich, natural foods and used in moderation as a substitute for processed oils.

There is no actual daily recommended amount but the general guide is between 1-3 tablespoons per day. Obviously it may not suit everyone.

When it comes to using coconut oil as a beauty product, it seems logical to use this natural, pure product over one that contains a list of, sometimes, unpronounceable manufactured items! However, it’s all a matter of individual choice.

I must point out that we are not medically trained, merely passionate about and believe in the benefits of coconut oil, based upon our own findings and uses.

Do you use heat in the extraction process for Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil?

Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil is unrefined, extra virgin and raw. Minimal heat is used (approximately 41C) during the cold pressed extraction, keeping it as natural as can be.

Does coconut oil contain sulphites?

Organic Extra Virgin coconut oil does not contain sulphites as this is an organic product.

A raw, fresh coconut contains about 6-8 ppm of SO2. Since the process to make oil will undergo drying and expelling, the SO2 should go down to trace amounts.

Is the coconut oil affected when it goes liquid in the warm weather?

No is the simple answer! As a saturated fat, coconut oil is solid below 24C and will melt above this temperature.

Nutrients are not lost when it changes from a solid to a liquid and vice versa. In warmer countries coconut oil is always a liquid, which explains why it is put in to narrow-necked bottles that would not work in the colder Netherlands.

Does coconut oil have lots of calories?

Coconut oil is slightly less calorific than other oils and butters.

Coconut oil = 117 calories per tablespoon of oil.

Oilive oil = 119 calories per tablespoon of oil.

Balance is the key and we recommend using unrefined coconut oil as a repalcement for processed oils, as part of a diet of organic, natural foods which also includes daily exercise.

Does Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil contain cocamide DEA?

No. Cocoamide DEA is a chemically modified form of coconut oil which is used as a thickener in some shampoos and soaps. As such this has no place in Maya Gold Organic Extra Virgin Organic Raw Coconut Oil.

Our Coconut Oil has not been modified in any way and contains absolutely no additives.

Does unrefined coconut oil have an SPF?

There are varying reports that qualify unrefined coconut oil having an SPF value and these are between 4-7.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140123/

We would always err on the side of caution if using as a natural sunscreen and definitely consider it in terms of the lowest figure of 4. It may not offer sufficient protection.

Dr Bruce Fife says “Unlike sunscreen, coconut oil doesn’t necessarily block UV light but enables the body to adjust naturally to sun exposure, naturally increasing the body’s tolerance level over time”

In our experience, coconut oil makes for a wonderfully soothing after-sun lotion.

How are the coconuts produced?

Organic, fresh, mature coconuts are shelled and pared to remove the outer shell and brown skin. The flesh is grated, dried under controlled condidions then expeller cold pressed.

The coconuts are grown in an agroforestry environment (rather than plantations), which is eco-friendly.

Agroforestry is an integrated approach of using the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. It combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy, and sustainable land-use systems.

For a full explanation of extraction,please see our blog ‘How Coconut Oil is Made

How many calories are in a tablespoon of Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil?

100ml = 899 calories

1 tbsp = 15ml = 136 calories

1 tsp = 6ml = 54 calories

How many syns is coconut oil when talking about the Slimming World diet plan?

According to a Slimming World book, there are 6.5 syns in a tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 syns in a teaspoon of coconut oil.

How many tablespoons is 100g of coconut oil?

100g of coconut oil is equivalent to 8 tablespoons as per this useful resource which provides conversion:

Click on this link to go to the conversion site.

I've noticed a brown colouring in my jar of coconut oil. Is this normal?

This sounds very much like a piece of coconut shell or strand, which is not uncommon in raw, unprocessed coconut oil and nothing to be concerned with.

Because it is a natural, minimally processed and filtered product, brown particles may settle at the bottom and are coconut fibers – this is totally natural and does not affect the quality of the oil at all.

It is the ‘price’ we pay for having an unprocessed product.

If we bleached and deodorised the raw oil we could guarantee no discolouring or small particles but then we would lose all the advantages and aroma of the raw product.

Is coconut oil good for acne?

Coconut oil makes for a wonderfully natural, soothing, skin moisturiser. Predominantly made up of lauric acid, it also contains vitamin E which keeps skin healthy and ensures the proper functioning of sebum glands and can help clear blockages.

Use a small, pea-sized amount as a moisturiser. Rub it between your fingertips until it melts than gently massage onto your face.

Obviously, we’re all different but many of our followers have shared their success stories in using coconut oil for acne-prone skin.

Something else to think about is starting your day with a glass of warm water and lemon juice as this acts as a fantastic detox which might also help the complexion.

Is coconut oil safe for frying or heating to a high temperature?

Unrefined coconut oil is a saturated fat and beause of this is a stable fat that is non-toxic when heated – it doesn’t become a trans fat or create harmful free radicals.

It has a smoke point of approx 178c, 350F and a flash point (the point at which the vapours will ignite) around 315C or 600F degrees.

Unrefined coconut oil is good for frying, roasting and baking.

Are Maya Gold Organic products available in the USA?

I am afraid at the moment our product range is not available in the USA.

Is Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil cruelty free?

Maya Gold Organic Coconut oil is certified vegan and animals are not used in any transportation during production.

Is Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil cold pressed?

Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil is an unrefined oil (hence the use of ‘virgin’) and as such is not bleached, deoderised or chemically altered in any way. It is also cold pressed and Raw which means minimal heat (approximately 41 degrees C) has been used in its extraction. Being Raw means our coconut oil is in its most natural state and full of its nutrients and health benefits.

Is Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil produced in a nut free and dairy free environment?

Our Coconut Oil is produced and bottled in nut free, peanut free and dairy free production plants.

Is Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil 'raw'?

Maya Gold Organic Coconut oil is raw. Minimal heat is used in its extraction (approximately 41C) meaning our Coconut Oil maintains all nutrients and benefits and is in its most natural state.

It is cold pressed from the flesh of organic, fresh coconuts.

Is the glass jar you use for the coconut oil eco-friendly/recyclable?

Yes, our 300ml, 500ml and 1 litre jars are fully recyclable. According to the manufacturer, they are on average made up of 30% recycled glass.

For the lid, we use one with a BPA Non-Intent design:

Did you know that many food storage packaging, such as cans, contains BPA in their linings?

BPA is a chemical which is used to harden plastics and has been used for numerous years. However, there’s now some concerns surrounding its possible risk to our health: http://www.webmd.com/children/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa?page=1

For this reason, not only do we use recyclable glass jars to store our coconut oil but we also use BPA free lids.

The lids and the liners inside, are with a BPA-Non Intent design, which is of the highest quality available and free from BPA.

Is your coconut oil hydrogenated?

Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil is not hydrogenated.

It is unrefined, extra virgin, organic and raw meaning it’s in its most natural state.

Is your coconut oil reheated in the Netherlands for bottling?

Once our Coconut Oil is imported to the Netherlands, it is gently warmed to a liquid (max 45C to retain its raw classification) to enable it to be bottled.

Isn’t coconut oil a saturated fat?

Yes it is.

Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid and predominantly made up of lauric acid, which is also found in human breast milk.

Under EU regulations for food health claims, we are unable to quote the health benefits of coconut oil (or any of our product range). We recommend doing your own research, allowing you to make an informed decision.

Is coconut oil good for diabetes ?

EU regulations are such that we’re unable to offer any sort of health claims or advice concerning our product range.

What we can say is that coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid and there is a wealth of information on the web and in print explaining how the body metabolises medium-chain fatty acids. If you search for this term you can research and then be in a position to make your own informed decision.

Bruce Fife has written an interesting book ‘The Coconut Oil Miracle’, which explains (amongst other things) the effects of coconut oil and diabetes. It’s available on Amazon and makes for a great read.

What I should look for when buying coconut oil?

We’re passionate about using products that are as close to nature as possible which is why we believe to have the full benefit from coconut oil the oil should be:

  • organic
  • raw
  • cold pressed
  • extra virgin – with coconut oil there’s no difference, unlike olive oil.

It is sold in glass jars that can be recycled. Good quality coconut oil will keep in the jar for two years or more, assuming good food hygiene is observed.

What is the flash point of unrefined coconut oil?

The flash point of an oil is the point at which the vapours will ignite. For unrefined coconut oil this is around 315C or 600F degrees.

This is not to be confused with the smoke point, which is the point at which the oil starts to give off a blueish haze. The smoke point for unrefined coconut oil is approx. 178C, 350F degrees. It is non-toxic when heated because it is a saturated fat (made up of medium-chain fatty acids) which is a more stable fat.

What is the pH level of your coconut oil?

pH determination is not valid on an oil sample.

Put simply pH is a measure of hydrogen ion concentration in an aqueous (water based) solution. As there is no water in coconut oil it does not have a pH.

What is you view on the conflicting reports about the benefits of coconut oil?

Firstly I must stress that we are not medically trained but firmly believe in the benefits of unrefined coconut oil when it’s used in moderation as a reaplacement for processed oils and as part of a balanced diet of natural and nutritionally rich foods, along with daily exercise.

A point to note too, is that there is a difference between unrefined (virgin and extra virgin) coconut oil and refined coconut oil (made from a cheaper raw material, copra). We have a great article on our blog that details the differences http://blog.lucybee.co/coconut-oil/lucy-bee-how-coconut-oil-is-made/ . Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil is unrefined, extracted from fresh, mature coconuts and is raw too, meaning it is as natural as can be.

Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid which the body uses differently to long-chain fatty acids. Please use google to determine the differences since EU regulations are such that we’re unable to make any health claims.

There is conflicting information available on the merits of unrefined coconut oil but, of course, it is up to each individual to make their own informed decision.

Interestingly, this article from the NHS in March 2014 show that they are reconsidering their view on saturated fats:

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/03March/Pages/Saturated-fats-and-heart-disease-link-unproven.aspx

With cholesterol levels, there are 2 markers LDL, so called ‘bad’ and HDL, ‘good’. Our understanding is that sometimes the overall figure is high but in actual fact it is the HDL that is high and therefore ok. Obviously your doctor can confirm this to you!

We would always urge you to do your own research to enable you to make your own decision. As mentioned ablove, Under EU regulations for food health claims, we are unable to quote the health benefits of coconut oil or any of our product range.

What's the recommend daily amount of coconut oil that I should take?

There is no set amount of coconut oil to use on a daily basis. The general guide is 1 -3 tablespoons (14ml – 42ml) per day as a reaplacement for processed oils.

Remember when cooking, a little goes a long way. We always recommend starting with a small amount and add any extra as required.

What’s the significance of the glass jar?

At Maya Gold Organic we aim to be as environmentally responsible as we possibly can.

Part of that includes using recycled and recyclable 300ml, 500ml and 1 litre glass jars for our coconut oil.

For the lid, we use one with a BPA-free liner – it’s known as a BPA-Non Intent design.

Many food storage packaging, such as cans, contain BPA in their linings.

BPA is a chemical which is used to harden plastics and has been used for numerous years. However, there’s now some concerns surrounding its possible risk to our health: http://www.webmd.com/children/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa?page=

Added to this, we’ve insisted on an easy peel label for our coconut oil jars, which makes it much easier to reuse the jar!

If you save and send us 12 same-sized easy peel Maya Gold Organic labels we will send you a free jar of coconut oil.

Why do you use 'extra' in your description of Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil

At the moment, unlike olive oil, there is no official definition for “Extra” to be used in relationship to virgin coconut oil. We include this in our description of Maya Gold Organic as our producer sells to us as such.

We believe that by using Maya Gold Organic you are getting significant extras.

When we started Maya Gold Organic we had a number of key objectives to supply the best quality coconut oil possible at the most competitive price. We wanted to make a quality product available to everyone not just a few. We were also insistent that any coconut oil we supplied would fulfil the following:

It would be:

Organic

We totally buy into the need to protect our individual health and the health of the planet by following organic ways of production and avoiding pesticides and intensive farming practices.

Raw

Being organic is only one part of the quality of a product like coconut oil. It is important for us that the product is raw. That when being produced the utmost care is taken to ensure that only low temperatures are used so that all the goodness and nutrition is maintained.
Packed In Environmentally Sound Packaging

We use recyclable glass jars and BPA free lids. Plastic has been implicated in long term health problems and is littering the earth.

Did you know that many food storage packaging, such as cans, contain BPA in their linings?

BPA is a chemical which is used to harden plastics and has been used for numerous years. However, there’s now some concerns surrounding its possible risk to our health: http://www.webmd.com/children/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa?page=1

For this reason, not only do we use recyclable glass jars to store our coconut oil but we also use BPA free lids. The lids and the liners inside, are with a BPA-Non Intent design, which is of the highest quality available and free from BPA.

Our display trays are manufactured from recycled paper.

To encourage reuse of the jar we use easy peel labels.

Bottling

Maya Gold Organic is bottled in a BRC Grade A bottling plant in the Netherlands and we are totally able to guarantee the integrity of the product.

Testing

Every import of raw Maya Gold Organic coconut oil is subjected to a number of tests to confirm its purity, its oil content and that it is totally lactose and gluten free.

We also conduct shelf life testing and check for bacterial and funguses.

We also have a loyalty promotion that will run for the foreseeable future, whereby if you save 12 same sized easy peel labels and send them to us we will send you a free jar by return.

Obviously it’s up to each consumer to decide but this is why we are happy to put “extra” on our label.

Why does my new jar of coconut oil look different? The last one was smooth in appearance.

Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil is a natural product and as such each jar can have a slightly different appearance.

For bottling, the oil is gently melted below 38 degrees and once it solidifies there’s no uniform look! Some will solidify with a smooth surface; others will have ‘holes’ but rest assured it will be the correct quantity (300ml, 500ml or 1litre accordingly) and is absolutely perfect.

Since it is a natural product and minimally treated, you might see brown speckles which is quite normal and is small particles of the coconut.

Will coconut oil make the food taste of coconut?

Obviously taste is such a personal thing. From our experience, particularly in savoury recipes, the coconut flavour is lost when heated. Fried eggs, for example, will taste the same – what may be different is the aroma when frying.

Again, from our experience, we’ve found that in some baking recipes the coconut flavour may remain e.g. a Victoria sponge cake was rather coconutty when we replaced the butter with coconut oil but a chocolate cake didn’t taste of coconut at all!

As a general rule, in savoury dishes the taste isn’t altered but some sweet recipes the sweetness may be enhanced.

It might be worth using less, if you can taste the coconut but, as mentioned, taste is very personal.

Why do you use jars for your coconut oil rather than a bottle? I just drink a couple of tablespoons a day from a bottle bought in Singapore...

We’re based in the Netherlands and with the temperatures here, unrefined coconut oil solidifies (below approx. 24C) so it would be impossible to get out of a bottle unless you warmed it each time you want to use it! In fact, my introduction to coconut oil was from a friend in Hong Kong who gave us this beautiful bottle and we were a bit perplexed as to how to get it out – soon learnt though!

Where it is produced (the Philippines, Sri Lanka and the Solomon Islands), it is available in bottles, as yours in Singapore.

Fortunately the nutritional value and benefits aren’t affected in any way by it solidifying and then melting.

How do I avoid contamination in my jar of coconut oil?

As obvious as it may sound, it’s important to observe good food hygiene to avoid any contamination in your jar of Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil.

Always use a clean, dry utensil when taking the coconut oil out of the jar – even the smallest crumb or drop of moisture could contaminate the oil.

Coconut oil does not need to be refrigerated and will have a long shelf life of approximately 2 years (check the BBE on the lid), assuming correct food hygiene is observed. Why is this?

Well, it’s because of the amazing benefits of lauric acid and coconut oil is predominantly made up of lauric acid (approximately 48%.)

For further details on this, please refer to our blog here

Is your coconut oil suitable for someone with a nut allergy?

Coconuts are not classified as nuts, despite the name.

According to the Anaphylaxis Campaign, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut, though we would always advise caution. This information is offered on their website:

http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/what-is-anaphylaxis/faqs#2

Our coconut oil is produced and bottled in nut free, peanut free and dairy free production plant.

It is also an egg free and sesame free environment. Though they do handle chickpeas, the packer confirms, “the chickpeas or derivatives (gram flour), while present on site, are not used at all on the line on which the Maya Gold Organic Organic Coconut Oil is produced. Chickpeas are not treated as an allergen by our company as we use the Food Standard’s Agency list of 14 allergens: http://allergytraining.food.gov.uk/english/food-allergy-facts.aspx

My new jar appears to have a hole in the coconut oil!

Our Coconut Oil is bottled in a BRC Grade A bottling plant in the Netherlands, and throughout the process (every half an hour) the jars are measured for weight / volume. In fact, the measure is set at slightly over the stated amount, for example, 504ml rather than 500ml to ensure jars do receive the correct amount stated on the label.

The oil is gently melted to be bottled here and then, with our outside temperatures, solidifies again – none of which affects the quality or nutritional value of the oil.

Being a natural, unprocessed product, you’ll find that jars do not always look the same – some have a completely flat, smooth surface while others solidify showing a ‘marbling’ effect, known as ‘pearling’, and then some with ‘holes’. All perfectly fine and natural.

‘Pearling’ is simply an effect that often occurs when the oil solidifies after being liquid. It’s all part of the beauty of a totally natural product.

My easy peel label won't come off my jar of coconut oil. Is this normal?

We use easy peel labels on our glass jars of coconut oil, to make it easier to reuse the jar.

Make sure you peel off the label BEFORE washing the jar in the dishwasher. Once it’s been through the dishwasher, the label is no longer easy peel!

Save and send us 12 same-sized coconut oil labels for a free jar of that size. We recommend sending them to us ‘sigend for’ to make sure we get them. Our address is PO Box 214, Hertford, SG14 2ZX.

Do you test for aflatoxins?

Aflatoxins develop in poorly dried foods including grains and copra that have been exposed to bacteria growth for extended periods.

So how does this relate to coconut oil? We need to consider the differences in refined and unrefined coconut oil.

Refined Coconut Oil:

Aflatoxins may develop with coconut oil that’s extracted from copra, where the split coconuts are exposed to sunlight for a couple of weeks to a month before the oil is extracted. The flesh can turn rancid and mouldy in this time, which produces a brown coloured oil. In order to make it fit for human consumption, this oil has to be heavily processed and is bleached and deodorised.

Unrefined Coconut Oil:

There’s a difference with unrefined, unprocessed coconut oil, like Maya Gold Organic. Our oil is cold press extracted from the flesh of fresh coconuts and this is typically done within 1 – 4 hours of the coconut being cracked open. Since Maya Gold Organic is extracted in this way, there is no issue with aflatoxins as there is no time for any fungal growth to occur between splitting open the coconut and extracting the oil.

Do you use hexane in the extraction of your oil?

Hexane is used by some manufactures of coconut oil during oil production to increase the oil yield.

Absolutely no hexane is used during the extraction of Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil.

What checks are made during the filling of the jars?

As well as checking for correct levels of oil, the following hygiene checks are also made during the filling of jars of Maya Gold Organic:

  • All production staff wear overalls, hair nets (mob caps) and beard snoods (if applicable).
  • Each jar is inverted by hand and visually inspected.
  • Each jar is inspected after capping and labelling while the coconut oil is still clear

Are monkeys used to pick the coconuts that produce Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil?

No monkeys are used to pick or harvest the coconuts used to extract Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil.

Our producer from the Philippines says “In the Philippines, it is not custom to utilize monkeys or any other animals to collect coconuts from the tree. Harvesting method is either manual (climbing) or using bamboo pole.”

With regard to our Solomon Islands oil, there are no monkeys in the Pacific islands. “Our Pacific coconut farmers do all the work of collecting, carting and selling the coconuts themselves and both they and the coconut oil producers are paid a fair wage for their efforts.

And our Sri Lankan oil producer commented “Sri Lanka, being primarily a Buddhist country, practices kindness to all living things. I have not witnessed these types of practices in Sri Lanka although wild monkeys do sometimes picks coconuts for their own consumption.”

Is there mass deforestation in the areas where your coconuts are grown as the clearing of land for such farms also involves the destruction of the natural habitat of many animals. With the burning of tress with animals still in them being reported.

There is not mass deforestation in the areas where the coconuts are grown which are used for Maya Gold Organic Coconut Oil as per the responses from our producers:

From the Solomon Islands:

“There is no mass clearance of forests for our coconuts. Our coconuts are grown on small family farms as low input “wild harvest” nuts, integrated into the local ecosystem. The production is organic and the trees are often covered in vines and orchids! The nut processing and DME VCO production is also done in the village, empowering indigenous women and youth, creating local profits and bringing hope to the community.”

From the Philippines:

“Unlike Palm Oil – where the forest is totally denuded or burned to make way for the planting of the palm trees, the coconut plantation grows with other crops and does not need the forest or farm to be completely cleared.

“Also, the harvesting of the coconuts involves the farmer climbing the coconut trees and pick the coconuts that are of mature age. All parts of the coconut are processed into a particular product and nothing is thrown away. All are biodegradable and does not affect the environment.”

From Sri Lanka

“In Sri Lanka most of the coconut palms are not grown in large plantations and has been owned by family farmers for generations. Therefore any clearance of forests for coconut plantations is extremely rare.

“Further areas in which coconuts are grown in Sri Lanka do not overlap with any forests. Coconut trees grow in almost any soil and it’s not difficult to find land to grow coconuts without clearing forests. Ageing coconut trees are considerably easy to replace with younger trees on the same land which curtails the need to find new land.

“Coconut trees live and bear fruit for up to more than sixty years and every part of the coconut tree is utilized for some economic purpose (fiber, charcoal, roofing etc.) which had led to the coconut tree being called “the tree of life”. The coconut tree is very tall and usually there is an underbrush in coconut estates which many small animals use as a safe habitat as workers only visit these lands usually only once in three months to pluck the coconuts.”

Can coconut oil be Cold Press Centrifuge extracted?

These are two separate extraction methods, ie. either cold pressed OR centrifuge.

Our Sri Lankan producer explains, “It seems like this is a bit of a marketing claim to bring both cold processing and centrifugal extraction into the product label.

“As far as I know these are two distinct methods and only one method could be used to derive the oil at a time.”