Organic Coconuts?

Date Posted:29 June 2016 

As we have been spreading the word and helping businesses increase their sales and profit with the introdcution of our 100% Dairy Free Milk range and 100% Pure Coconut Water range, we have been asked (occasionally) if it is organic.

One of the things that prevents businesses from obtaining Organic certification is the cost! Yes, sad to say but the whole process can be a money spinner for governements and agencies.

How-ever the other factor to consider when looking into Organic certification is the actual cost analysis and is it worth it. Coconut products are one of those that don't really jutify the expense and processes involved.

The following excert from gives a good discussion on why. 

So next time your thinking about it or asked about Organic certifications, do some reserach and work out what is best for your and your family.


You won’t see coconut on any Clean 15 or Dirty Dozen lists anytime soon, because the general public has yet to catch on to its fatty, nutty delights. That said, we Primal people eat coconut. We sauté with coconut oil and slather it onto vegetables, sweet potatoes, hair, skin, and armpits. We drink and make curries with coconut milk and cream. We obsess over coconut butter, paying tribute to its glory with a greasy spoon. And when we’ve been running or training particularly hard – or it’s hot out – we often reach for the coconut water. We like our coconut, so it’s in our best interest to determine whether we should be buying organic or not.

Luckily for us, it doesn’t look like organic coconut makes a big difference. Several studies have looked for pesticide residues in coconut products and come up virtually empty handed. There’s this 2008 study, which was unable to detect any pesticide residues in crude coconut oil. Poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, which are generated during the coconut flesh quick drying process and are carcinogenic, were detected in crude coconut oil but were removed in the refining process. Virgin unrefined coconut oil, then, may still contain these hydrocarbons, unless it’s wet-milled and processed without quick-drying the flesh. That goes for both organic and conventional coconut oil, to be clear.

In another study, researchers examined 15 samples of coconut water using two different methods of pesticide detection and were unable to detect any of the 11 pesticides they were looking for.

Coconut milk is also going to be as free from pesticides as any other coconut product. Since it’s made from fresh flesh, not the dried, heat-treated stuff, coconut milk should also be free of poly-aromatic hydrocarbons.

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