Why are some of my CanPrev D3 & K2 softgels white while others are clear?
CanPrev’s D3 & K2 softgels contain organic coconut oil which can make them turn clear or cloudy depending on the temperature. Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature which is around 24ºC. If the temperature goes lower, the coconut oil will “freeze”, meaning it turns milky white or opaque. When it’s stored at a higher temperature, the coconut oil will liquefy and become clear. Fluctuating temperatures can cause the cycle to go back and forth but in the end doesn’t affect the quality, freshness or effectiveness of the softgels.
Fascinating fact: Did you know that the individual triglycerides in coconut oil are made up of a combination of three fatty acids, and that there are ten different fatty acids to choose from, each with its own melting point?
It’s a chain reaction! Saturated fatty acids have a higher melting point than monounsaturated fatty acids, which in turn have a higher melting point than polyunsaturated fatty acids. Furthermore, fatty acids with long chains of carbon atoms have higher melting points than medium or short chain fatty acids.
Coconut oil is composed mostly of medium chain fatty acids, which have almost the same melting points. While 24ºC is considered the official melting point, in real life, parts of coconut oil begin to freeze or melt a few degrees lower or higher than this. That’s why some of the oil might stay solid at 26ºC and some will melt at 22ºC. Hence the combination of white and clear D3&K2 capsules in the same bottle.
If you want to try a little experiment, hold a softgel in the palm of your hand and watch how it changes from cloudy to clear in a matter of minutes as your body heat warms it up.
Be forewarned – this can be a little mesmerizing!