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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 read that canola oil is toxic becuase of the way it's processed. True?


07/12/2013 - 11:35am

Coconut oil is a good alternative to using olive oil for high temp cooking, as olive oil has a lower smoke point and can burn. Being from Wisconsin, I will never give up on butter, but you can't use it for everything. I think it's a good idea to have a variety of options. Coconut oil may not be a magic bullet, but I think it's still a better choice in some cases.


07/12/2013 - 10:34am

"Which is better, butter or coconut oil? Neither! Use Olive oil instead" Kind of a weird setup question but what the heck. I use olive oil, butter and coconut oil for various jobs. Olive oil has a low smoke point, don't use it to fry, use the others.


07/12/2013 - 10:20am

Using coconut oil instead of butter in cookie recipes is delicious!


07/03/2013 - 2:20pm

The biggest misconception that most doctors and nutritionist have is that saturated fat is bad for you. WRONG! It's trans fat that is the enemy. Our body needs saturated fats. In addition, coconut oil as a few other health benefits. Too much focus has been placed on calories and the negative notion about saturated fats. That is old school. Dig a little deeper. The research has been there for a long time. It's just been buried or denied by certain people and/or industries that don't want you to know about it.


05/15/2013 - 9:51pm

Both butter and coconut oil are healthy fats. Most vegetable oils sold in the shops (refined oils) are not.
Read the work of Mary G. Enig, one of the world´s greatest experts on fats to find out the only truth.


04/29/2013 - 3:16pm

dont know if you have already looked at and but i think you should if you haven't :) i just want to spread the word about the controversial info on those sites. i think it needs to be considered. we're up against a very dangerous scam here concerning the issue of fat, that's the way i see it. both sides of this debate make some really believable claims, and of course many studies back up those contradictory claims. but i have to side with the idea that the lipid theories are a lie at this point. it just doesn't line up with real historical data. i hope that data is correct. but i dont trust much of the info and dogma that comes from higher ups in the "science world" as much as i trust certain truth seekers and people that challenge the common conceptions.


04/27/2013 - 6:10pm

Canola oil really bad info. Ya tell readers to purchase something that has been genetically modified also rapeseed are a horrible substitute for coconut oil. Keep using coconut oil if you do its a great way to cook and eat raw.


04/20/2013 - 4:59pm

I've heard that canola, like corn and soy oil, is very difficult to find free of GMOs and pesticides, which would seem to nullify any benefits.


04/11/2013 - 7:02pm

It seems that the commenters are not reading what the RD is saying. Statistically significant research shows that olive oil is very beneficial and is mostly monounsaturated. It has been used in Mediterranean cooking, which research has shown has one of the most healthy diets. She also stated that coconut oil is not as beneficial as all the hype proclaims.


03/29/2013 - 2:15am

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