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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?


What about riceoil? I replaced butter for riceoil.


05/06/2014 - 4:55pm

Who financed your research??


05/06/2014 - 3:26pm

No but I did replace the margarine with butter. I cook with olive oil and use a little butter to flavor. My aunt's doctor recommended the coconut oil for her when she had cancer. Something to do with anti-inflamitory properties.


05/06/2014 - 2:09pm

I haven't replaced butter with coconut oil but I am wondering what your take on grape seed oil is?


05/06/2014 - 1:25pm

Oh and with coconut oil, it is great for the eyes and skin. It seems to be like apple cider vinegar -- good for a lot of things!!


05/06/2014 - 1:22pm

I have replaced olive oil with coconut oil in cooking when I am cooking on high heat. I read that olive oil is unhealthy when used in cooking on high heat. Is that the case?

I did replace butter with organic ghee but that is because of a dairy issue.


05/06/2014 - 1:20pm

You lost me at "canola oil." I will be doing exactly opposite of what is recommended in this article.


05/06/2014 - 12:42pm

It bakes well and does not have any funky taste. cookies made with veg oils can take on a flavor that is just not great. but since they are healthier I mix the two successfully. if I want a touch of butter flavor a teaspoon of clarified butter does it. Have I beaten the fat out of my cookies- no - but I feel better about them . I continue to play with ratios and get good results


04/30/2014 - 2:44pm

yes I have replaced better with coconut oil. I love butter but now I love coconut oil as well. From what I understand it contains Capresso like I said which is an antifungal. Coconut oil is also antiviral and antibacterial. It also boosts the immune system and kidney function and is believed to increase fat metabolism in the body. It is also very versatile. It makes an excellent skin moisturizer is wonderful for burns cuts scrapes or bug bites and is also terrific for my hair. Not to mention the lovely fragrance! I give it to my dogs as well as the essential fatty acids and Omega oil reduce shedding.


03/05/2014 - 2:47am

A little late to the party, but I think it's important to remember that, even though polyunsaturated and monounaturated fats are called "good" by various organizations, what is crucial when consuming polyunsaturated fat is to keep a good balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6. Too much Omega 6 causes inflammatory chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. Grapeseed oil is attrocious in its health claims, while simultaneously having very high levels of Omega 6.

Olive oil and canola oil tend to have 50+% monounsaturated fat. Personally, I think the claims that saturated fat is "bad" are overblown, and not in line with reality...if saturated fats are so bad for you, why do study after study comparing low-carb/high fat diets with "convential wisdom" diets continue to show that those consuming low carbs and high fat have lower triglyceride and LDL levels?


03/03/2014 - 3:46pm

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