Does Coconut Oil contains Hexane?
Niulife coconut oil is free of Hexane, cold pressed, certified organic by NASAA and not Genetically Modified.
Hexane is not used in our DME process. To be certified organic, any use of any chemicals is ruled out –
even fertilizer in the soil is banned. Having organic certification is sufficient to prove that no chemicals are used at all.
Hexane is used in large industrial situations to chemically extract coconut oil from copra, the low grade dried flesh of coconut.
Coconut oil can also be removed from copra without chemicals by physical extraction using the heat and pressure of a screw press. Copra oil is then Refined, Bleached and Deodorised (RBD) to make it edible.
Niulife Extra Virgin Coconut oil is cold pressed using our own invention, the Direct Micro Expelling process, at a village level, in the Pacific islands.
The DME process takes less than one hour from fresh nut to virgin oil. This locks in all the natural goodness and yields a gourmet grade, full flavour oil free of contaminants.
What is the Lauric Acid content of DME coconut oil?
The DME coconut oil from the South Pacific that we have tested has had Lauric acid between 49 and 51%. The amount of
Lauric acid is determined primarily by the variety of coconut palm, but may also be due to the specific growing conditions and
the age of the coconut. Often companies will state their oil has 50% or more Lauric acid, when in fact it only occasionally
reaches this level. So you can't always believe that the oil you purchase really has 50+% of Lauric acid.
Is the coconut heated when producing DME Oil?
Our process does involve heat in the sense that we semi-dry the raw material
before pressing out the oil. This heating process is gentle in that the material is
constantly turned and tossed into the air to speed up the drying process. This stage
takes about 20 to 30 minutes (depending on the humidity, temperature, breeze, etc).
It it is not subjected to the high temperatures of most other oil extraction
systems. The coconut is usually between 45°C (110°F) and 60°C (130°F)
immediately before pressing. This is "cold" by oil standards. No heat is generated in
the gentle hand-pressing of our single pressing Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. The oil
is not heated at all after pressing.
How much cholesterol does coconut oil have?
Vegetable oils have insignificant amounts of cholesterol — Coconut
Oil having the least, for example:
What is the shelf life of DME oil?
Because coconut oil is a saturated fat and
because of its antioxidant properties it is
naturally very stable. Furthermore, because
DME virgin coconut oil is produced
so quickly, its free fatty acid (FFA) level is
less than 0.1% at production. This oil has
an almost indefinite shelf life when kept
under preferred storage conditions. Store
out of direct sunlight in a cool dry place. It
is not necessary to refrigerate. If you do it
becomes rock-hard. VCO solidifies naturally
at 24°C. For some applications it is
better liquid and for others solid. Melt the
oil by standing the container in warm water.
Do not microwave.
What causes vegetable oil to go rancid?
Vegetable oils that are not saturated oxidise very quickly and
At what temperature does coconut oil go solid?
It goes solid at about 24°C (75°F). As it cools from the
liquid state, (26°C and above) it forms small "pearls" which
join together until the whole product is solid at 24°C. When cooling
faster in a fridge the pearls are much larger and the oil can appear
How do I use coconut oil when it is solid?
Put the container in warm water for a few minutes or if the lid
is large enough simply scoop it out with a spoon.
What is coconut butter and “Copha”?
Coconut butter is simply the coconut oil in a solid state. However,
the expression "coconut butter", while common in the United
States, is rarely used in Australia. because the dairy industry has exclusive
rights to the name "butter". The only exception is peanut butter. Copha is hydrogenated RBD coconut oil. As a commercial product, “Copha” is
also sometimes called "coconut butter".
What is the difference between virgin and extra virgin coconut oil?
The cheapest coconut oil is made from
copra, the dried flesh of coconuts, and
must be industrially Refined, Bleached and
Deodorised (RBD) in order to make it
edible. Virgin coconut oil is made directly
from fresh coconuts and is normally not
further refined. We call Niulife Coconut Oil
‘Extra Virgin’ because, like the best
traditional cold pressed olive oil, it is made
from the first and only pressing. The Direct
Micro Expelling (DME) system
is the quickest in the world, producing
delicious hand-pressed oil less than one
hour after opening a coconut. This process
locks in all the natural flavour and
goodness and produces top quality oil. No
further processing is required and we
believe ‘extra virgin’ is a legitimate
description of this 100% pure and natural,
cold pressed coconut oil.
What happens when virgin coconut oil is
heated? Will it become hydrogenated?
Coconut oil is not easily damaged by heat.
(It has a smoking point of 177°C. No cooking
oil should be heated above its smoking
point.) VCO does not readily oxidise like
unsaturated oils do when heated, leading
to free-radical formation. It is the ideal oil
for deep frying and is safe to use several
times over. Hydrogenation is not caused
by heating coconut oil during cooking. Hydrogenation
is an industrial process where
hydrogen is introduced into an oil to artificially
saturate it so that it will be solid at
room temperature. It alters the chemical
structure of the oil and creates harmful
trans-fatty acids. It is perfectly safe to heat
coconut oil for cooking.
What books do you recommend for further information on the
properties of pure coconut oil?
Where can I buy DME Virgin Coconut Oil?
The best quality DME extra virgin Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
is packaged by Kokonut Pacific under their Certified Organic and Fair Trade label,
niulife. You can also buy online
at our online shop.
For bulk purchases contact Kokonut Pacific directly.
Niulife is now distributed across Australia and New Zealand so check
your local health food store and if they don't have it yet, ask them
to get it in.
Where is Kokonut Pacific located?
In Canberra, the capital city of Australia. See our
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