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This or That: Butter vs. Coconut Oil

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

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


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

Are you kidding? Recommending Canola oil? Canola oil is extracted from rapeseeds that have been bred to contain less of some unfavorable substances. Most of the world’s canola crop is genetically modified.. Oh and the people modifying it MONSANTO.

I thought this was suppose to be a a site for healthy information?


10/10/2014 - 12:22pm

This was really helpful as coconut oil is all over the place and I think the wool's getting pulled over consumer's eyes into getting them to think its so good for them. It's not when someone who's already overweight or more thinks it's so good for them they think its ok to cook with more of it. It's still a fat, saturated none the less. It may be more useful for those who have dairy allergies, but no one needs to increase their LDL's. Research does show that increasing HDL's can reduce heart disease risk but as usual it's a balancing act. As Julia Child would say, enjoy everything in moderation.


10/09/2014 - 12:25pm

Genetic engineering and the use of hexane are the main reasons that Canola oil is a no no in our house hold. It is not the same that has been used for hundreds of years, and mostly it was used a fuel not a food source. Surprised that it would be recommended as a healthy fat.

Have used butter that comes from grass feed cows and is cultured for many years and have just started adding coconut oil to my diet. So far both have a place in my diet. This is just my personal opinion.


09/01/2014 - 9:06pm

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