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Butter vs Coconut Oil

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Which is better? Or which do you prefer & why?

Science and/or just your opinion is fine

I'll continue to eat both as i like the taste of both so its not like one has to win, just wondering what people have heard about the benefits of both & if anyone sticks to more of one over the other, for what reasons etc...

From what i've heard coconut oil has great antiviral/antifungal properties not to be ignored, but pastured butter has more vitamins like A & K2

Currently i eat more coconut oil over butter, but i seem to be thinking about eating lots of butter for some reason, my intuition is telling me moar!

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Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on March 07, 2013
at 11:58 PM

Cool, thanks for the tip.

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on March 07, 2013
at 11:20 PM

It is if butter takes your cholesterol to the level of those with familial hypercholesterolemia as it did with me and so many others eating a similar diet. Shrug off 250mg/dl? Sure. 350? 450? I've seen people go from 200 to 500mg/dl+. No thanks.

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

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on March 07, 2013
at 04:26 PM

sure, it could fuel the workout itself. but your body burns oxidizes fats with a priority on short chain length. long chain fats are used or stored in our tissues and muscles (lipid bylayers, white adipose tissue, etc.) short chain fats and medium chain fats - like the lauric acid in coconut oil - are not stored or incorporated into tissue, they're burned, immediately. ahead of your own bodyfat, and ahead of any other fat you ingest. still a good energy source, i wouldn't sweat it too much.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on March 07, 2013
at 10:32 AM

Is that a bad thing though? debatable ;)

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on March 07, 2013
at 03:26 AM

wouldn't it make sense for coconut oil to fuel muscle repair after a workout? (or fuel the workout itself ?) or is that what you mean - it doesn't have as a function stimulating/helping muscles to repair...? how is butter different in this regard?

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on March 07, 2013
at 03:08 AM

Butter increases cholesterol twice as much as coconut oil, which increases it quite a bit.

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Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

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on March 06, 2013
at 06:33 PM

i use both for cooking applications, and pick purely based on the taste of the dish. i don't think of either as a micronutrient powerhouse, but pastured butter will beat coconut oil in that regard.

in terms of fuel, coconut oil gets burned right away, and isn't used in structural components of your body. after a workout, i'd gravitate towards butter, but again, taste really dictates the choice for me.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on March 07, 2013
at 11:58 PM

Cool, thanks for the tip.

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on March 07, 2013
at 04:26 PM

sure, it could fuel the workout itself. but your body burns oxidizes fats with a priority on short chain length. long chain fats are used or stored in our tissues and muscles (lipid bylayers, white adipose tissue, etc.) short chain fats and medium chain fats - like the lauric acid in coconut oil - are not stored or incorporated into tissue, they're burned, immediately. ahead of your own bodyfat, and ahead of any other fat you ingest. still a good energy source, i wouldn't sweat it too much.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on March 07, 2013
at 03:26 AM

wouldn't it make sense for coconut oil to fuel muscle repair after a workout? (or fuel the workout itself ?) or is that what you mean - it doesn't have as a function stimulating/helping muscles to repair...? how is butter different in this regard?

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 06, 2013
at 04:55 PM

Butter versus coconut oil? Why choose?!

I think that coconut oil wins out for being less expensive for high quality, organic, unrefined versions compared to high quality, pastured butter. But that's the only "better than" difference I would really quote.

Coconut oil and butter fit well into different uses - so make use of both!

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on March 06, 2013
at 05:35 PM

I use them based on what I'm cooking. For scrambled eggs, I prefer butter, but if I'm sauteing onions and garlic, I prefer to use coconut oil. I'll often start veggies in coconut oil and finish them with butter for the added flavor.

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4303a65967884e68bfae59817c227351

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on March 07, 2013
at 10:56 PM

I cook in coconut oil. I put butter on veggies.

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on March 07, 2013
at 03:05 AM

I think that coconut oil is more available out there than grassfed butter. Use really depends on your goals. High heat, I go for coconut oil, lower heat, baking, etc. I go with butter. Tastewise depends on the dish.

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on March 06, 2013
at 05:00 PM

i use butter more just so i don't have the coconut flavor with certain things, like veggies. but i love both!!

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on March 06, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Coconut oil and butter are my main sources of fat and I like both but I probably eat more coconut oil than butter. In the morning I usually have about a tablespoon or so before I go to the gym. I also use it as a facial moisturizer. I will use butter more often in the evening if I need to use a fat for cooking since I don't want the coconut oil interfering with my sleep.

As far as other benefits go, I think that coconut oil helps my digestion and if it is an antiviral/antifungal then it is doing a good job. I think I get plenty of Vit A and K2, though, from cheese and veggies.

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