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Why does butter give me energy but coconut oil doesn't?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 04, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Why does butter give me energy but coconut oil doesn't? Not just coconut --but other paleo legal fats?

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on April 23, 2013
at 10:22 PM

Haha Paleo "legal"

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on January 05, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Thank you Evelyn :-)

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Here are the results, btw: http://quantifiedself.com/2011/01/results-of-the-buttermind-experiment/ Very interesting that butter beats Coconut oil.

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:31 PM

I suppose it depends on what you're looking for. Many report getting energy bursts from CO (I don't notice that), presumably b/c the shorter fatty acids are absorbed and metabolized faster. Plus the lauric acid in CO has some unique properties. Butter does have MCT's but not nearly as much as CO while containing more of those fats you think of when thinking "fat burning". Personally I don't "get" the CO-mania in paleo circles. Oil no more falls from coconut meat than sunflower seeds.

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Therefore coconut oil is the better choice ? I do a lot of ghee and less CO. Should I do the other way round ?

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on January 04, 2012
at 09:55 PM

They both give you energy.

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on January 04, 2012
at 09:12 PM

Are you talking lasting energy? Presuming you are, this is a pretty easy one. Most of the fat in CO bypasses the chylomicron formation, is absorbed and metabolized in short order. In a way, the acetyl CoA and/or ketones the medium chain fatty acids produce are rather "glucose like". It is my understanding these are metabolized by the liver and the ketones (and perhaps Acetyl CoA) are transported to other tissues for energy. Butter, OTOH, contains far more long chain fatty acids. These take longer to digest, and are transported via chylomicrons in the bloodstream. A lot of these go into fat cells, but some are hydrolyzed off immediately and "fed" to the various cells of the body directly. Perhaps the fact that the muscle cells, and others, metabolize these directly for energy is the difference?

50e94d7b6b01e6cb87889c6541adc90c

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on January 05, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Therefore coconut oil is the better choice ? I do a lot of ghee and less CO. Should I do the other way round ?

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on January 05, 2012
at 12:31 PM

I suppose it depends on what you're looking for. Many report getting energy bursts from CO (I don't notice that), presumably b/c the shorter fatty acids are absorbed and metabolized faster. Plus the lauric acid in CO has some unique properties. Butter does have MCT's but not nearly as much as CO while containing more of those fats you think of when thinking "fat burning". Personally I don't "get" the CO-mania in paleo circles. Oil no more falls from coconut meat than sunflower seeds.

50e94d7b6b01e6cb87889c6541adc90c

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on January 05, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Thank you Evelyn :-)

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on January 05, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Seth Roberts did an experiment on himself with math testing. He found that after eating butter, he scored better.

http://quantifiedself.com/2010/10/will-butter-make-you-smarter-i/

Based on Seth Roberts??? butter and math study, recently presented at a Bay Area Quantified Self Show & Tell, during which Seth ate half a stick of butter each day and performed better in >math, we expect the answer to be yes. Seth was able to reduce his time by 30 milliseconds.

Interesting, right? Not sure what would happen if he tried it with coconut oil. But butter generally leaves me feeling better than coconut oil.

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Here are the results, btw: http://quantifiedself.com/2011/01/results-of-the-buttermind-experiment/ Very interesting that butter beats Coconut oil.

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on April 23, 2013
at 10:20 PM

fat us is I suppose it depends on what you're looking for. Many report getting energy bursts from CO (I don't notice that), presumably b/c the shorter fatty acids are absorbed and metabolized faster. Plus the lauric acid in CO has some unique properties. Butter does have MCT's but not nearly as much as CO while containing more of those fats you think of when thinking "fat burning". Personally I don't "get" the CO-mania in paleo circles. Oil no more falls from coconut meat than sunflower seeds. – Evelyn aka CarbSane Jan 5 2012 at 12:31

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