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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?


I believe both butter and coconut oil is fine to use and its all about the bonds in the fatty acids. If anything is to raise the so called bad LDL it would be sugars and transfats.
When I talk about bonds in fatty acids I am saying medium to long chain fatty acids are more stable when cooking and don't cause the oxidative stress that short chain like the ones in vegetable oils. LDL is not a bad cholesterol it is actual a protein that delivers cholesterol to the body (cells) and HDL is the protein that carries it to be recycled. With out cholesterol we would not survive. Anytime there is a high level of cholesterol in the body a bigger picture needs to be looked at. Like the metabolism of the body to actually use the cholesterol that your body produces.


11/05/2013 - 5:56am

You're so wrong about this. That's a shame to mislead people. There are too many wonderful properties of coconut oil that far outweighs butter! Disappointed i this under-researched post.


11/04/2013 - 8:35am

We use rice bran oil for normal cooking and mustard oil for occasional deep frying. WE DO NOT AT ALL USE butter /saturated fats at all.


10/30/2013 - 7:38am

We mainly use rice bran oil for cookingand mustard oil for occasional deep frying.Big no no to butter and other saturated fats. deep frying.


10/30/2013 - 7:35am

I've been replacing butter with coconut oil in baked goods and I find that every time I've made that replacement, the finished product is very dry compared to its regular version. I end up adding oil, and therefore more fat. Vicious circle.


10/25/2013 - 4:14pm

All health articles I have read relating to oils strongly advise against canola due to GMOs.
Most health articles advise using coconut or olive oil for cooking because they are the only two oils that can withstand higher temperatures. However, making sure you are really buying pure olive oil seems to be the difficult part since so much of the olive oil in U.S. has been found to be diluted with other, less healthy oils.


10/25/2013 - 12:10pm

I use both. I am getting tired of one day it's good one day it's bad.


10/24/2013 - 1:19pm

What you are suggesting is that I should consume canola oil (I.e. genetically modified garbage) instead of butter or coconut oil. I don't think so.


10/24/2013 - 12:06pm

I get wound up when I read comments like the one by - Anonymous that says "but remember canola oil is likely to be GMO".... like all genetically modified organisms are bad. What do you think is the difference between Angus beef and Jersey dairy cows??? It's genetics! Selectively breeding plants and animals with distinctive genetic traits is generally used to improve their hardyness and productivity, it's not a bad thing.

If you're afraid of ALL GMO's you'd better not buy any 100% cotton clothing because I'd bet the cotton plants were raised to be insect resistant using selective genetics. And don't eat any chicken, because even if they were fed an organic whole grain diet, that grain may have been grown from seeds preserved or enhanced with genetic modification. You never know....

I am willing to sign what I write because I believe it... my name is Chris S and I raise meat lambs. They are fullblood Dorper sheep, selectively bred, and fed a natural diet of grass and seasonal grain supplement, without hormones, steroids, or other drugs. But there is no way of knowing that any organic product we purchase is made worse by having grown using genetically selective or genetically modified feeds or seeds.


10/24/2013 - 11:43am

I don't normally deep fry anything, but on the rare occasion, my hubby really hungers for a chicken-fried piece of meat. I have used coconut oil to pan fry fish and then strained it for re-use. I think it is very expensive, and I don't use it for anything else. Because it's solid in the refrigerator, it has a good shelf life, which offsets some of the cost. I have been having doubts about it's healthy properties, because Coconuts are from Palm trees, and Palm oil has been on the "unhealthy list" for a long time.


10/24/2013 - 11:27am

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