What Makes Organic Coconut Oil “Organic”?
A great question, and one that many people have.
The recent craze in “organic” foods is certainly rampant. And sure enough, it has hit the coconut oil products as well.
If you are not familiar with what organic food are, the a definition should help. According to the USDA ‘s National Organic Program, an organic food is one that is produced:
- By farmers emphasizing conservation and renewable resources
- Without the use of convention (non-natural, chemically based) pesticides
- Without using synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge
- Naturally, having had no bioengineering done to the food or seed
- Without having gone through any ionizing radiation
According to recent changes in the law, any product (including organic coconut oil) that is labeled as “organic” has to be certified by a government approved inspector.
Is all Organic Labeling the Same?
It should be noted that the wording is very important though! Just being “organic” might not be exactly what you think when you are buying organic coconut oil. This is because the USDA has different levels of “organic” qualifications that a product can be labeled as:
- “100% Organic Coconut Oil”: This coconut oil has been made 100% with organically according to the USDA
- “Organic Coconut Oil”: Coconut oil just labeled as “organic” has been made with 95% organic materials and processes
- Coconut oil “Made with organic ingredients”: A minimum of 70% of the oil has been produced organically
So it does matter! Make sure if you are looking for organic products that you get “100% organic” for the highest standards.
What to Look for When Buying Organic Coconut Oil
Thankfully, products in the USA that have been certified by the USDA have a seal you can look for. It looks like this:
When you want an organic coconut oil, find this seal!
So Does it Really Matter? Should I Buy Organic Coconut Oil or Not?
That is the ultimate question! Organic coconut oil is going to cost more due to the certification process. So should you splurge?
While some people claim organic foods taste better, not everyone can tell the difference. Maybe you can! It may be worth trying out organic and non-organic to see if that is the case. But maybe you are planning to use the organic coconut oil for one of the many other uses, in that case, taste wouldn’t matter much at all.
But if you are planning to use coconut oil for cooking, or moisturizing, or for oil pulling you may be concerned about the overall nutritional value. Science does not have any definitive answers at this point.But some VERY EARLY research is showing that organic products may have higher nutritional values.
So if you want to give every possible chance to coconut oil, it may make sense for you to buy organic coconut oil. Unlike “natural” products that do not have any certifications behind them, the USDA Organic seal is a guarantee.
But, if you are on a budget, regular non-organic coconut oil is just fine in our opinion! There are NO genetically modified coconuts out there, so you don’t have to worry about any bioengineering anyway. Further, since coconuts grow high up on trees, farmers do not always use pesticides anyway.
So while organic coconut oil is probably a better buy, remember that regular versions are just as safe in our opinion and most likely the much cheaper alternative.