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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 use both coconut oil and olive oil..some things taste better with one than the other..I like both but prefer olive oil for health reasons when the taste is acceptable


05/15/2015 - 12:12pm

I use both coconut oil and olive oil..some things taste better with one than the other..I like both but prefer olive oil for health reasons


05/15/2015 - 12:05pm

No but I had dry eye for years and just using a teaspoon or two a day or every other day on my Gluten free bread and my eye are now lubricated. I am still on my first16 oz jar (used over three months) but in another week I will be purchasing my second jar. I am hooked on coconut oil for life.


03/31/2015 - 11:21pm

Yes I have and love it on toast.


03/20/2015 - 10:10am

This is the only article I can find that says this! I stopped subscribing because EW seems to be confused on the subject of canola.


03/04/2015 - 10:23pm

I love coconut butter, so it must be bad to eat.


02/14/2015 - 8:33pm

So you are suggesting eating canola oil is ok?, based on these stats? canola oil contains 124 calories and 14 grams of total fat and 1 gram is saturated.
What about the fact that canola oil the genetic creation of MONSANTO? Able to withstand the pesticide
"roundup".This GMO canola oil was re-named after the rapeseed plant was genetically altered by combining its DNA with round-up DNA. Roundup in canola oil is causing IBS,colitis, and ultimately crohn's
disease.I can't believe you dont know this?I guess this wasn't taught at the university of Vermont?


12/26/2014 - 9:29pm

I have made the switch, and whether or not coconut oil is more healthy than butter, I feel better knowing it is VEGAN (no animal fat). I can also use LESS coconut oil (mixed with olive oil) than butter to achieve the same level of "fat satisfaction" in my recipes.


11/27/2014 - 1:49pm

I was taking one tablespoon of coconut oil in a morning smoothie, following a friends advice about its health benefits. (supposed to help eliminate fat). However, after some researching on the net I decided to replace butter with the coconut oil and use olive oil in the smoothie instead. Now after reading your page, I am not going to use the coconut oil at all and stick to the olive oil.


11/10/2014 - 11:04pm

Here's what my nutritionist told me, and this is backed up from recent reporting on the subject by doctors.

If you are cooking with oil, saturated fats like butter or coconut oil are better for you than saturated fats. The reason given to me was that unsaturated fats break down under heating in an uncontrolled fashion leading to the generation of free radicals, which are bad for you in a number of ways (they can contribute towards cancer). So saturated fats which don't break down are preferred.

If you're not heating the oil then olive oil is seen as healthier for you.


10/30/2014 - 5:19pm

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