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Is Coconut Oil Healthier Than Butter?

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., August 17, 2012 - 1:21pm

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Brierley asks: Have you replaced butter with coconut oil?


There are different types of coconut oil. Virgin, refined, and organic. I believe virgin is better for you than butter because it's made from pure coconut meat, where the others are refined and processed.


03/06/2013 - 12:31pm

I made banana bread with coconut oils and maple syrup and it was super moist and delicious. Much better then butter. :)


03/19/2013 - 10:43pm

Takes a little getting used to. The flavor is good, but unfamiliar. So far I like the new flavor of coconut oil. Health benefits remain to be seen. Conceptually I like the fact that coconut oil has no animal products.


03/28/2013 - 8:25am

It seems that the commenters are not reading what the RD is saying. Statistically significant research shows that olive oil is very beneficial and is mostly monounsaturated. It has been used in Mediterranean cooking, which research has shown has one of the most healthy diets. She also stated that coconut oil is not as beneficial as all the hype proclaims.


03/29/2013 - 2:15am

I've heard that canola, like corn and soy oil, is very difficult to find free of GMOs and pesticides, which would seem to nullify any benefits.


04/11/2013 - 7:02pm

Canola oil really bad info. Ya tell readers to purchase something that has been genetically modified also rapeseed are a horrible substitute for coconut oil. Keep using coconut oil if you do its a great way to cook and eat raw.


04/20/2013 - 4:59pm

dont know if you have already looked at and but i think you should if you haven't :) i just want to spread the word about the controversial info on those sites. i think it needs to be considered. we're up against a very dangerous scam here concerning the issue of fat, that's the way i see it. both sides of this debate make some really believable claims, and of course many studies back up those contradictory claims. but i have to side with the idea that the lipid theories are a lie at this point. it just doesn't line up with real historical data. i hope that data is correct. but i dont trust much of the info and dogma that comes from higher ups in the "science world" as much as i trust certain truth seekers and people that challenge the common conceptions.


04/27/2013 - 6:10pm

Both butter and coconut oil are healthy fats. Most vegetable oils sold in the shops (refined oils) are not.
Read the work of Mary G. Enig, one of the world´s greatest experts on fats to find out the only truth.


04/29/2013 - 3:16pm

The biggest misconception that most doctors and nutritionist have is that saturated fat is bad for you. WRONG! It's trans fat that is the enemy. Our body needs saturated fats. In addition, coconut oil as a few other health benefits. Too much focus has been placed on calories and the negative notion about saturated fats. That is old school. Dig a little deeper. The research has been there for a long time. It's just been buried or denied by certain people and/or industries that don't want you to know about it.


05/15/2013 - 9:51pm

Using coconut oil instead of butter in cookie recipes is delicious!


07/03/2013 - 2:20pm

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