Initially Posted: 03/03/2019 | Last Updated: 07/14/2020
Coconut and MCT Oils Reviewed by

Coconut and MCT oil brands compared in this review:


Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil


Bulletproof Brain Octane® Oil


Garden of Life 100% Organic Coconut MCT Oil


Kirkland Signature [Costco] Organic Virgin Coconut Oil


Nature's Way Coconut Premium Oil


Nutiva Organic Liquid Coconut Oil - Classic


Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder


Puritan’s Pride Coconut Oil


Sports Research Organic Coconut Extra Virgin Oil


Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil


Vitacost Certified Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil


Viva Naturals Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil


Zenwise Health MCT Oil

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Coconut oil versus MCT oil — Which is best? And how does virgin ("cold pressed") coconut oil, which is semi-solid, compare to refined (fractionated) coconut oil, which is a liquid? We tested leading products to find what they really contained — measuring levels of MCTs (caprylic, capric, lauric acids) and other fatty acids. We also checked to see if they were rancid or contaminated with heavy metals.

Our results clearly show which products provide the highest concentrations of MCTs. They also show that you can spend as little as 7 cents or as much as $1.68 to get the same amount of MCTs depending on the product!

Based on our tests, we selected Top Picks for virgin coconut oil, refined coconut oil, and MCT oil.

You must be a member to get the full test results, along with ConsumerLab's recommendations. You'll get results for 13 products -- eleven selected by ConsumerLab and two others that passed the same testing through our voluntary Quality Certification Program.

In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:
  • Which oils (including those sold in softgel or powder forms) supplements passed or failed our tests
  • ConsumerLab's Top Picks
  • The evidence for or against coconut and MCT oil for weight loss and dieting (including the ketogenic diet), Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and skin and hair care
  • What to look for on coconut and MCT oil labels
  • Coconut and MCT oil dosage for specific uses
  • Concerns, cautions, and potential side effects with coconut and MCT oils, including concerns about heart health

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