Which product is the best coconut oil in the UK?
Coconut oil seems to be all the rage today in the health and fitness industry, but does it deserve its good reputation? Some companies sell a 500g tub of coconut oil for just over £3 while others sell it for up to £15. Which is the best coconut oil and is it worth paying more for certain brands?
In the past, we were told by experts that the best cooking oil to use was olive oil. The same experts are now saying olive oil can degrade at higher heat and actually become harmful. As coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is solid at room temperature. It has a melting point of about 25 degrees, which unlike some other oils, makes it ideal for cooking with. It is a perfect substitute for cooking oil as it is perfectly stable when heated to higher frying temperatures and shows minimal levels of damage.
Benefits of coconut oil
There are many health benefits of coconut oil including long-term improvements to hair, skin and teeth. Some of the other benefits are:
- It is quickly absorbed by the body and metabolised, due to the high levels of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT)
- It is an ideal substitute for other oils, especially when it comes to baking, frying or roasting where other oils can start to degrade due to it being heated to a high temperature.
- It contains antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Which in layman’s terms, means it might help your body to better protect itself against viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
KTC Coconut Oil and Myprotein Coconpure review
We will take a look at and review two of my staple brands of coconut oil, KTC Coconut Oil and Myprotein Coconut Oil (Coconpure).
Myprotein’s coconut oil is branded under its name Coconpure and based on over 90 reviews, has a 5-star rating on Myprotein’s website. It comes in a white opaque tub which is made from plastic. KTC Coconut oil has been around for many years in Asian supermarkets across the UK, but is only recently seeing a higher number of sales due to the buzz around coconut oil. The KTC packaging looks like it comes straight from the ’90s and comes in a transparent plastic jar. Both products are non-hydrogenated and also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Myprotein Coconpure retails at £9.99 for 460g and £16.99 for 920g but is available for less if you use a discount code. KTC Coconut oil retails at £5.99 for a 500g tub but is currently available at the cheaper price of £3.30 and £3.75 including UK delivery. As you can see there is quite a difference in the pricing, however, the taste and texture information below should help you decide which product is right for you.
Taste of coconut oil
This is where both products really vary from each other. The Myprotein coconut oil smells of coconut and tastes of coconut, which may be obvious to some, however, the KTC coconut oil doesn’t smell like coconut or really taste of it either. Personally, I don’t like the taste of coconut when frying or grilling chicken for example, so the Myprotein coconut oil, in my opinion, is ideal for when you are baking or cooking something sweet. I also sometimes add it to black coffee for a nice pre-workout drink. The KTC oil I find is much better to fry and grill with due to the fact it has no taste.
Texture of coconut oil
With regards to texture, the Myprotein coconut oil is softer and seems to have a lower melting point than the KTC oil. Although I haven’t tested this scientifically, it’s quite obvious as the KTC coconut oil needs scraping out with a spoon whereas the Myprotein one scoops out quite easily. The Myprotein oil also melts while in storage during hotter weather but the KTC retains some of its solidity. Speaking from a messy experience, be careful when opening the jar at an angle. You may have last put the oil away when it was solid, but bear in mind, it may just have turned to liquid overnight! Opening the jar carefully might just save you a couple of hours of mopping and wiping down!
Which one is the best?
I would say these two are the best coconut oil product out of the others I have used, based on previous reviewers opinions and overall pricing and quality. All of the coconut oil products out there seem to be the same nutritionally, so it comes down to personal preference. Just make sure the oil is non-hydrogenated, which these two are.
Due to the versatility of both KTC Coconut Oil and Myprotein Coconpure, I tend to have both of these products in my cupboard. I use the KTC oil on a daily basis when frying or grilling chicken, fish and even steak. I use the Myprotein oil when making protein pancakes or I add it to a protein shake to hit my daily calorie requirements. Really it comes down to which coconut oil is best for your needs.
Lowest price for KTC Coconut Oil
We’ve compiled a list of how to the get KTC Coconut Oil and Myprotein Coconpure at the lowest prices possible. With a saving of £1.53, it works out to be better value for money when you purchase 2 jars.Buy 1 x KTC Coconut Oil for £3.31 Buy 1 x KTC Coconut Oil for £3.75 Buy 2 x KTC Coconut Oil for £5.09
Lowest price for Myprotein Coconpure
When ordering from Myprotein, remember to make use of any available Myprotein codes such as 25% off, to help you save more money.Buy Myprotein Coconpure for £7.49