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Coconut oil vs Olive oil

School Of Nutrition Posted Aug 17, 2015 Future Fit Training

We discuss which oil is a better choice for everyday use at home.

Coconut oil vs Olive oil

Olive oil has been well studied and has documented heart-healthy properties, such as a high level of monounsaturated fats. However, virgin coconut oil, which is obtained without the use of chemical solvents or heat treatment is being touted for it’s ability to help us lose weight, stave off illness and even prevent Alzheimer's.

Natural coconut oil is made of 90 percent saturated fat around 10 TIMES that of olive oil but the kind of saturated fat matters just as much as the amount.

   Virgin Coconut Oil Olive Oil
Serving size   1 tbsp  1 tbsp
Calories  117 kcal  119 kcal
Total fat  13.6 g 13.5 g
Saturated fat  11.8 g 1.9 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.8 g 9.9 g
Polyunsaturated fat  0.2 g 1.4 g

Coconut oil: A good choice for athletes

About half of virgin coconut oil's saturated fat is lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride that can improve levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and is more easily digested and converted to energy, making coconut oil a good choice for athletes.

Beware: High in saturated fat

That said, because it's so high in saturated fat, even the purest, most natural coconut oil could be problematic for long term heart health. Experts recommend cooking with coconut oil about once a week for taste, but are hesitant to recommend use more often until there's more research. Olive oil is no longer as trendy but there are many more studies about its benefits.

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