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This or That: Butter vs. Coconut Oil

By Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., August 26, 2014 - 4:26pm

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Lisa asks: Which do you prefer: coconut oil or butter?


Shirley, the article is calculating grams of fat while you are calculating calories of fat. Fat contains about 9 calories per gram, so the author's 22grams of fat, each containing about 9 calories 196 calories of fat. That's really close to your 200 calorie calculation, right? So you both have good numbers but units matter.


10/01/2016 - 12:30pm

Coconut Oil

Because coconut has lauric acid wich strengthen my imune system.


08/07/2016 - 8:27pm

Honestly? I have never followed what the nutritionist say to eat or not eat. Every 5-10 years it always changes. Eat in moderation a variety of foods and you will be sated and healthier for it.


02/25/2016 - 11:40pm

I use both, and olive oil. What concerns me is you recommend canola oil in your video. canola is GMO!
Unless you are recommending organic canola, I feel you are doing much more harm than good in your recommendation.


10/23/2015 - 5:17pm

I use coconut oil because it is easier to store. The small amount of butter that I would use , you can't buy . I definitely would not use Canola oil for anything ever !! I can't understand a health website putting this oil into the same sentence with olive oil !! I cannot take you guys serious


10/23/2015 - 9:59am

Coconut oil because it has a lots of health benefits it's good for mosquito rub on skin to stop bits and itch ect


10/22/2015 - 11:03pm

Check your math.
10% of 2000 is 200, not 22.


10/22/2015 - 12:47pm

You might want to check into all of the anti-biotics and pesticides that are currently fed to cows, which then get into their milk, which is used to make butter.


10/22/2015 - 11:46am

I was raised using butter, and until my husband had a heart attack at 40 years, always used butter. He was switched to margarine. Over the years I have come to not like margarine, so I switched to butter, he does not. I now use avocado oil, I do not like the greasiness of olive oil. But I do like virgin coconut oil in some of my baking, although I till use butter in other things: e.g.: I still sauté mushrooms in butter; but I use coconut oil in my carrot cake recipe. I sauté rice in 2 tsp. coconut oil before boiling; but use butter on pancakes. I will probably always spread butter on my bread, toast, or muffin, warm baked bread fresh out of the oven, and on my scrambled eggs, and in my homemade granola before roasting it. So, for me there is really no preference of one or the other, I just use them differently, and sparingly, believing that less is better, no matter which it is. Thanks for letting me ramble!


04/04/2015 - 3:29pm

This article, while coming partway to admit that saturated fats from healthy sources are good, still has a lot of misguided health advice. I'm referring to the recommendation to get most of your fats from vegetable oils such as canola.


03/03/2015 - 2:54pm

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