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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?


So you are suggesting eating canola oil is ok?, based on these stats? canola oil contains 124 calories and 14 grams of total fat and 1 gram is saturated.
What about the fact that canola oil the genetic creation of MONSANTO? Able to withstand the pesticide
"roundup".This GMO canola oil was re-named after the rapeseed plant was genetically altered by combining its DNA with round-up DNA. Roundup in canola oil is causing IBS,colitis, and ultimately crohn's
disease.I can't believe you dont know this?I guess this wasn't taught at the university of Vermont?


12/26/2014 - 9:29pm

I have made the switch, and whether or not coconut oil is more healthy than butter, I feel better knowing it is VEGAN (no animal fat). I can also use LESS coconut oil (mixed with olive oil) than butter to achieve the same level of "fat satisfaction" in my recipes.


11/27/2014 - 1:49pm

I was taking one tablespoon of coconut oil in a morning smoothie, following a friends advice about its health benefits. (supposed to help eliminate fat). However, after some researching on the net I decided to replace butter with the coconut oil and use olive oil in the smoothie instead. Now after reading your page, I am not going to use the coconut oil at all and stick to the olive oil.


11/10/2014 - 11:04pm

Here's what my nutritionist told me, and this is backed up from recent reporting on the subject by doctors.

If you are cooking with oil, saturated fats like butter or coconut oil are better for you than saturated fats. The reason given to me was that unsaturated fats break down under heating in an uncontrolled fashion leading to the generation of free radicals, which are bad for you in a number of ways (they can contribute towards cancer). So saturated fats which don't break down are preferred.

If you're not heating the oil then olive oil is seen as healthier for you.


10/30/2014 - 5:19pm

I can't believe that I just read that canola oil is healthier than butter and coconut oil. Of course processed vegetable oils are healthier than foods we have been eating for hundreds of years.....


08/21/2014 - 1:15pm

Canola oil has 30% polyunsaturated fatty acids according to some sources and is considered unhealthy.


08/13/2014 - 6:25pm

I am using oil extracted from cucumber seeds


08/06/2014 - 12:39pm

Dr. Bruce Fife has written 20 books on the subject of coconut oil. I have recently has an awful round of
diverticulitis, a bladder infection and ear infection. I had to take major doses of antibiotics. I also have
polyps in my stomach. The antibiotics just about did me in. My stomach felt swollen and in a lot of
pain after the antibiotics. I had no energy. I discovered the benefits of coconut oil and have been eating
about 3 tablespoons a day. I use the Garden of Life brand. I add it to protein shakes or just eat a spoonful.
It is wonderful! My colon is healthy now and my more stomach pain! It has been 2 1/2 weeks. I have
energy now! There are too many health benefits to mention here! You owe it to yourself to research what
Dr. Bruce Fife has discovered about coconut oil and coconut products! The preferred type to eat is
unrefined. Coconut oil contains medium chain fats like the ones in human breast milk. As we all know
now, human breast milk is the perfect food for babies!


05/17/2014 - 11:50am

Wow - I'd much rather stick with coconut oil and butter (or ghee) than *canola oil*! The more I research canola oil (which I'd expect reputable magazines like Eating Well to do as well), the more I'm glad I've cut it out of my diet for the last year. Brierley, come back to this subject when you have better facts, please. Or perhaps I should just get off your website and peruse my many back issues of Eating Well instead.


05/07/2014 - 5:28pm

I am AMAZED at the number of uneducated comments made here. WOW. Countless studies have shown that olive oil is very good for you, and canola has more omega 3s in it than olive oil, which the western diet is very low in. The complaint about canola oil being a GMO is just plain unwarranted. If you really do your research there has been no conclusive data that GMOs are harmful to health, and some studies have shown them to be beneficial. The point of this article isn't to bash coconut oil. Go ahead and eat it. But stop thinking it's so much better for you than butter because it just isn't. The writer is an RD who has literally thousands of hours of experience with nutrition and has taken courses in biochemistry and physiology. I think she knows what she's talking about.


05/07/2014 - 1:17pm

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