Coconut Oil vs. Olive Oil

December 17, 2012

I found an article that compares coconut oil and olive oil. I actually like to use both in my diet depending upon what I’m making. For instance coconut oil tastes great in my protein shake, but olive oil does not. I like olive oil on French bread. You get the idea.


In the world of cooking oils, olive oil has been well studied and has documented heart-healthy properties, such as a high level of monounsaturated fats and polyphenols with anti-inflammatory properties.

Coconut oil is made up mostly of saturated fatty acids, while olive oil is predominantly monounsaturated fatty acids.

Coconut oil enthusiasts believe that lauric and myristic fatty acids – the main fatty acids in coconut oil – are more heart healthy than monounsaturated fats such as those found in olive oil.

There are already hundreds of studies on olive oil and its health benefits from monounsaturated fats, while there are only 20 or so studies about virgin coconut oil.

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