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Coconut Oil? Is this better than Olive Oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I see Coconut Oil used in many many Paleo Recipes, but I was researching it and found that the US Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, International College of Nutrition, United States Department of Health and Human Services, American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, British National Health Service, and Dietitians of Canada recommend limiting the consumption of significant amounts of coconut oil due to its high levels of saturated fat.

Coconut Oil is even used in Movie theater Popcorn and greatly increases the amount of saturated fat in that popcorn.

If this is the case, why is Coconut Oil being used to substitute Olive Oil? Does anyone know why Coconut Oil is recommended in this lifestyle and can give substantial reason this is a healthier alternative?

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:56 PM

Strictly speaking, butter isn't an oil. You mean third fat source, right?

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on May 01, 2012
at 07:10 PM

True, Matt. But there is a lot of validity : olive oil is higher in PUFAs, coconut oil has the MCTs and the metabolism-boosting effects, ... EVCO would be the third oil on my list, after butter.

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on May 01, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I think foreveryoung has a point though. I eat loads of coconut oil, but huge amounts are just a waste of calories. You can get the good effects of the oil by just eating 2-3 spoons of it daily.

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:00 PM

s and the Innuit eat huge amounts of seal and whale meat

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on April 25, 2012
at 12:18 PM

Sorry, but: "you're" and "a lot", not "your" and "alot". Please don't hate me.

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on April 25, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Many of these same organizations were against breastmilk and supported infant formula. These same organizations supported margarine (trans-fats) instead of butter. Sorry but their corruption and ignorance goes much more then they would care to admit. Nobody lost jobs or apologized for the millions of lives lost to those 2 reasons alone! Babies died from dirty water mixed with infant formula in developing countries.

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on April 25, 2012
at 12:51 AM

I am just jealous I can't have EVCO....

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on April 25, 2012
at 12:12 AM

Meh, that's like saying apples are better than oranges. They're two different things each with advantages over the other.

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on April 24, 2012
at 08:52 PM

The Pukapukas and the Tokelauans eat huge amounts of coconuts, with the latter getting 63% of their energy from them. (http://www.ajcn.org/content/34/8/1552.full.pdf)

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on April 24, 2012
at 08:05 PM

My thought exactly.They push canola oil,how does that give them credibility

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Watch the movie "Fat Head," which was a response to Super Size Me. It is available on Netflix instant. It provides a lot of information about this issue in particular, including the organizations behind the movie theater popcorn attack and the science of why virgin coconut oil is actually good for you (not just not-bad).

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:02 PM

Please note that the coconut oil used in movie popcorn is hydrogenated, i.e. it is trans fat, which makes it seriously unhealthy. The non-hydrogenated coconut oil that paleo people use does not have this problem.

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on April 24, 2012
at 06:46 PM

Most people like it because they overestimate its fat burning potential from the MCTs, because it is heat stable and not prone to oxidation, because it is low in omega 6, and because frankly it tastes really good.

I do not think it is meant to be consumed in huge quantities, as I am not familiar with a traditional culture that does so. The Kitavans eat it, but fat only makes up 10% of their calories, roughly 4% of which comes from fish oil.

276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

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on April 24, 2012
at 08:52 PM

The Pukapukas and the Tokelauans eat huge amounts of coconuts, with the latter getting 63% of their energy from them. (http://www.ajcn.org/content/34/8/1552.full.pdf)

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on May 01, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I think foreveryoung has a point though. I eat loads of coconut oil, but huge amounts are just a waste of calories. You can get the good effects of the oil by just eating 2-3 spoons of it daily.

E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

(982)

on May 01, 2012
at 06:00 PM

s and the Innuit eat huge amounts of seal and whale meat

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:06 PM

You're going to find that not a lot of people around here put much stock in what those organizations you've listed have to say about diet.

276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

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on April 25, 2012
at 12:18 PM

Sorry, but: "you're" and "a lot", not "your" and "alot". Please don't hate me.

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

(496)

on April 24, 2012
at 08:05 PM

My thought exactly.They push canola oil,how does that give them credibility

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Coconut oil is recommended because

get this

saturated fat isn't bad for you

mind = blown, right?

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:07 PM

Saturated fat is good for you. If you are burning your bodyfat, you're burning palmitic acid, which is a saturated fat. Recent studies have removed any correlation between consumption of saturated fat and heart disease, which, I think, was the basis of the recommendations you cite above. The MCTs in coconut oil provide a shortcut into ketosis, which can be beneficial in mitigating some neurological issues (possibly Alzheimers; is being used with Epilepsy, etc).

Substitute saturated fat for Olive Oil in cooking when you will be using high heat; there are claims that heating Olive Oil creates trans-fats.

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on April 24, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Yes, Cocomut oil is better than Olive Oil for you.

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on April 25, 2012
at 12:12 AM

Meh, that's like saying apples are better than oranges. They're two different things each with advantages over the other.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on April 25, 2012
at 12:51 AM

I am just jealous I can't have EVCO....

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 01, 2012
at 07:10 PM

True, Matt. But there is a lot of validity : olive oil is higher in PUFAs, coconut oil has the MCTs and the metabolism-boosting effects, ... EVCO would be the third oil on my list, after butter.

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:56 PM

Strictly speaking, butter isn't an oil. You mean third fat source, right?

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on April 24, 2012
at 08:33 PM

I wrote an article about the health benefits of coconuts on my blog. The Health Benefits of Coconuts. Come check it out as it may answer some of your questions.

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on June 01, 2012
at 01:38 PM

It doesn't oxidize at high heat, contains Lauric Acid (a medium-chain fatty acid, where most of the health benefits are derived from), and tastes awesome. As in everything in life, use common sense, and moderate.

Worth learning more about... http://www.thehealthrevival.com/2012/02/coconut-controversy.html

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on April 26, 2012
at 09:13 AM

Ned Kock is very good on coconut oil: http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=coconut

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