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Aflatoxin In Coconut Oil

Discussion in 'Coconut Oil' started by Mittir, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. Mittir

    Mittir Member

    Feb 20, 2013
    I make my own coconut oil and never found any commercial product that i could
    tolerate. I have tried several brands,but did not try refined oil.
    I think Aflatoxin in coconut oil could be a possible
    source of problem. I do not know if Aflatoxin is removed in all refined coconut oil.
    But, there are methods that can remove Aflatoxin from coconut oil.

    One study in Philippine found that 60 percent of the 25 samples had Aflatoxin at
    an average rate of 3 microgram per KG and two refined coconut oil were free of it.
    In India ,they found 5 to 100 mcg/kg aflatoxin in coconut oil .

    Here are few links related to this issue.

  2. XPlus

    XPlus Member

    Dec 16, 2014
    Is there a way to tell whether a brand is contaminated.
    How do you make your coconut oil, Mittir.
    And how do you make sure there's no Aflatoxin in it.
  3. OP

    Mittir Member

    Feb 20, 2013
    I think USDA checks for Aflatoxin content in imported coconut oil,
    this forces foreign producers to adopt methods to remove this.
    I believe these are mostly removed in refining process.
    I remember getting seriously sick for few days after trying
    Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil. I tried one food grade refined brand and i did not have
    any health issue but i did not like the taste of it. I never tried pharmaceutical
    grade refined one. That is why i started making my own.
    I do not know if there is way to tell contamination just from tasting.
    But, i think if something does not taste good then there is no reason to
    eat that everyday.

    I buy whole mature coconut and then grate the meat and add water to
    make coconut milk. There are youtube videos on home made coconut oil.
    Then i just boil the milk for few hours and oil separates from fiber.
    I make 1-2 quart of coconut oil in one batch . If i keep it outside for too long ,more than 2 months
    they form fungus inside. I reheat the stored oil after one month to prevent that.
    You can check the brand Ray Peat uses.
  4. squanch

    squanch Member

    May 7, 2014
    There really shouldn't be any significant amounts of aflatoxin present if the coconut oil is produced from fresh coconuts.
    Copra on the other hand is absolutely disgusting and almost certainly a source of either aflatoxin or carcinogens (if it's smoke dried).
    Some manufacturers also grate the coconut meat first and then let it dry in the sun for a few days/weeks. That's technically still "fresh" coconut and not copra and oil produced this way is cheaper than using actual fresh coconut meat (they use different machines and a different process)

    I use the dr goerg coconut oil which is produced from fresh coconuts within 72 hours of harvest, no drying. I'm not sure if you can get it outside of europe though.
  5. Birdie

    Birdie Member

    Aug 10, 2012
    Just reading this as part of my plan to read Mittir's comments on the forum.
    Possibly the refining does remove the aflatoxin. I remember Ray's description of how the large amounts of coconut oil are made.
    You can see from that why the refining is necessary. But, I he said that consisted of straining it to clean it.
    I just ordered Ray's latest recommended coconut oil, Nucifera 92 degree.
    We have a few jars of the old kind to use first.

    Am keeping this 5 lb bag of the Nucifera in a dark pantry. Then, before using, better boil it I guess...
    Thanks for the info. So interesting, @Mittir that you make your own.