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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 noticed this article is over a year old. hopefully, in the last year you have done some research and found that coconut oil is, in fact, better for us than just about any other!


10/21/2013 - 1:27pm

I replaced some butter and olive oil with coconut oil for the supposed benefit for age related mental decline.Also Any truth to this news..about helping AL.?
Thank you JC


10/21/2013 - 12:27pm

Some yes some no. I do it more for taste than health though.


10/19/2013 - 4:14pm

We have. Until recently, it seems I only read positive things about coconut oil. I have now read some conflicting reports, such as this one, so we have cut way back on the coconut oil since. It's a shame, because we really really liked it. Maybe in the future better studies will come out reporting how great it is for you. In the mean time, I'll keep on using the old trustworthy olive oil.


09/17/2013 - 11:29pm

Very helpful, thank you! How does grapeseed oil fit into this?


09/14/2013 - 1:02am

I have been replacing butter with coconut oil for about 6 months now. I find that my food tastes great and I feel better not eating dairy.


08/24/2013 - 10:54am

No. Butter is good enough for over 68 years. No cholesterol problems in our family.


08/05/2013 - 11:55pm

I think you need to read a lot more about the subject. You info is way off. One persons opinion is not enough. Do your research first, than report


07/19/2013 - 12:53am

I seldom bake anymore which is very difficult being a retired Home Economist. I checked with my doctor and she suggested limiting the use of coconut oil use because it is "fattening" as she put it and she is of Indian/Pakastani descent. Lately I have been substituting half of the fat with coconut oil and using Smart Balance for the rest when making homemade healthy muffins which I eat for breakfast. Last week I made Hummingbird muffins with crushed pineapple, toasted coconut, banana and raisins which I eat every other day. I am allergic to eggs and have been sensitive to dairy, so I frequently use soy yogurt in place of eggs, but for some strange reason it has been unavailable in the stores lately. I usually share my muffins with either my daughter or sister and have to take into their diet considerations which also dictates my "creative" baking.


07/18/2013 - 8:50pm

I still use butter on sandwiches, but, I use only coconut oil to fry my eggs. I believe I am healthier by using it to fry with and it has a higher heat point so it doesn't get toxic like olive oil does.


07/15/2013 - 10:05am

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