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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 Avacado Oil? Can you do a comparison of all the different oils?


10/22/2013 - 12:00pm

No I have not....I actually have an allergy to coconut so I wouldn't be able to do that but I wouldn't even if I could...I have been eating butter since I was a child and since the margarine discovery I have don't a lot of research on this topic...everyone is always on my case about giving up my butter but no one has proven to me why margarine is better....I don't care if it's made with olive oil or's the process that's bad...for me I intend to stick to a real food...our bodies need fat to correctly function and butter has a lot of good nutrition in it...the clue to using butter is the amount you use....bottom line....fat is GOOD for you....and butter is a GOOD fat with lots of nutrition.


10/22/2013 - 10:34am

My relatives grew up on an island country . Coconut in many forms was part of their normal diet. My mother who now resides in the U.S. is 91 years old. Her older sister ( residing in their country) died last week 2 months before her 100th brthday. Both great grandmothers lived to be over 100 years old. They ate natural foods without chemicals and cooked with coconut oil ! I 've been drinking coconut water since chldhood as well as enjoying coconut in my meals. Is there a correlation ? I'd like to think so !


10/21/2013 - 3:37pm

I have heard that coconut oil is processed with hexane, (which is a cancer causing agent )and it is stored in your body after you eat it so, unless you know how the company processed the coconut, I wouldn't consume it at all.


10/21/2013 - 3:27pm

I have been reading a lot about coconut oil recently and have been very interested in the value of it for cooking and the skin. After reading a book saying it's the holy grail and touting its heart health benefits..I have come away very confused.... I bought a huge amount of extra virgin....and I agree that until more scientific research says its beneficial...I will be using my other oils...for cooking.
I have found its wonderful for the ...body.. as a actually removed a sun spot I had for many years....but for cooking...I will wait!


10/21/2013 - 2:43pm

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

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