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Olive oil or coconut oil: Which is worthy of kitchen-staple status?

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June 18, 2020

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Toby Dayrit
June 25, 2020

This comparison between coconut oil and olive oil is like asking which is better: apples or oranges? Anyone who knows anything about fatty acid profiles will know that coconut oil and olive oil have very different fatty acid profiles. So, this is not a useful comparison: coconut oil and olive oil are both healthy oils, just as apples and oranges are both healthy.

Nande
June 24, 2020

Complete double blind test is required with virgin covonut oil vs olive oil done at least a year including the chemical changes at high heat of frying. Memdn

Cindy
June 24, 2020

Corn Oil is the best for lowering cholesterol

valia
June 23, 2020

is olive oil safe when used for frying and cooking?

Neil Hogan
June 23, 2020

There are a lot of scientific studies out there now that show that not only is EVOO safe for cooking, it also retains much of the polyphenol content. Studies have also found that cooking a basic tomato sauce with EVOO helps the bioavailability of the antioxidants in the tomatoes.

Dr. Sylvain Ndebi
June 23, 2020

Tropical diet, like the Asian diet mentioned, ALWAYS includes fish and, even more so, vegetables and FRUITS (that appear seasonally, abundantly, and nonstop). The typical North American diet is simply loaded with overtakes/overloads of ‘bad’ foods (e.g. packaged processed foods, mega-starchy foods like pizza, fried and greasy meats, etc.) and ‘regrettable’ eating habits (over-snacking, random fast-food meals, artificial sugars, overeating corn syrup, etc.). Seems that switching to anyone of these oils is better overall, and overlooking ‘suspicious’ ours-theirs terms like Mediterranean vs Tropical would help readers better.

Yasmin
June 23, 2020

Hi,
I love how you mention “coconut oil has developed a cultlike following during recent years”
which is true,
Makes me smile
Thanks for your informative and knowledgeable News letter,
Keep it up
Thanks

Osman
June 24, 2020

Interesting info. Thanks for the relevant insights.

padmini chandran
June 23, 2020

in asia the oil is always heated to saute the vegetables or curry.
it is coconut oil that does not become toxic when heated.
olive oil we can use in salads or when used without heating..

JOE BAARS
June 23, 2020

I WAS BORN IN 1927 AND SPEND 3 YEARS IN THE JUNGLES OF JAVA / INDONESIA
COCONUT++ WAS A DAILY ADDITION TO OUR FOOD , I HAVE KEPT THIS GOING FOR THE REST OF MY HEALTH FULL LIVE , I STILL DRIVE 500 MILES + EVERY WEEK AND FEEL I AM IN MY LATE FIFTYS I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS WHEN A KAMPONG [VILLAGE] DOCTOR ADVISED ME FOR THE REST OF THE BATTALION TO EATH BROWN RICE TO STAY HEALTY TO AVOID AND HEAL HONGER OEDEEM + + + THIS IS OF COURSE JUST A FRACTION+ + + OF MY LIFE , IF YOU LIKE TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE ???, LOVE CARE AND NO HATE !!!!!!!

Boon Ywe
June 23, 2020

I believe macadamia oil is the winner in term of boiling temperature and Omega 3:6 ratio too.

Lanier Dodson
June 23, 2020

The question is not whether olive or coconut oil is better for you than butter, margerine, etc. My question is whether either is better than no added oil in the diet? That is the way I eat.

Janaki Srinath
June 23, 2020

maam, whiile olive oil has a near ideal profile of fatty acids required for us, focus should also be on mustard, sesame, soya bean, ground nut oils for their stability to with stand higher temperatures during cooking process.

Jaap Willem
June 23, 2020

The article mentions olive oil versus coconut oil for digestion but the advocates that got me buying the stuff convinced me with the argument that it deals better with heat so I fry my steak in it.

I think their argument is that olive oile under heat undergoes sometype of malign chemical reaction and the coconut oil does not.

I wonder if there is any truth to this line of thinking.

FPROONEY
June 23, 2020

There has been some opinion expressed that coconut and medium-chain triglyceride oil may delay the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and other conditions.

(The Coconut Oil & Low-Carb Solution by Dr. Mary T. Newport, M.D.)

Do you have any comment? Thank you.

Stephen Boyd
June 22, 2020

Although I have always had my doubts about coconut oil, I do find it a bit frustrating that after all this time we still don’t seem to have big enough, long enough, well-designed studies to guide up. “Four-week study,” really?

Mohamad mouazen
June 22, 2020

In the holy Quran the olive tree was mentioned
as blessed tree

Raymond
June 22, 2020

it would be useful to compare other oils such as Canola .

Joseph Sebastine Poothullil John
June 22, 2020

Dear Ms. Emily,

Your article is well written and very informative regarding certain aspects of choosing edible oil for use in kitchen.

But I would like to say that the best food for any person is the food available locally and also the food his/her previous generations were consuming. Each one of us are genetically programmed to consume the food our ancestors were using. Therefore, it is inconclusive to say that one food is better than the other without considering the above fact.

Nancy Kelley
June 22, 2020

What about avocado oil

Marlene Chaplin
June 22, 2020

Always easy to understand, helpful commentary from this publication.

Virginia Smith
June 22, 2020

Olive oil has a flavor that I can’t tolerate. If I had to substitute butter, canola oil, or coconut oil with olive oil, I would lose weight very quickly because I would eat very little, and I’m already too thin, according to the BMI. And no, I have not said that previously.

Virginia Smith
June 22, 2020

Olive oil has a flavor that I can’t tolerate. If I had to substitute butter, canola oil, or coconut oil with olive oil, I would lose weight very quickly because I would eat very little, and I’m already too thin, according to the BMI.

Sierra
June 23, 2020

That’s okay, Virginia! Nutrition isn’t quite as hard and fast as most people think. Finding a healthy way to eat that includes foods you enjoy is better for your mental health, which in turn could actually be better for your physical health.

Michael Carl
June 22, 2020

According to Dr Dean Ornish (and other plant based diet advocates) olive oil is a no-no for people with known cardiovascular health issues. Can you comment on this ?

Charles
June 22, 2020

And olive oil makes a great laxative !!

ANNELYN CAMATO
June 22, 2020

Very interesting. with this information, I was more confirmed of the knowledge that I’ve known before that olive oil is the best.
I know that olive oil is usually used in salad as a dressing, can we use this in the frying of fish or tofu?
Thank you

Trevor FitzJohn
June 22, 2020

How does EVOO compare to solvent extracted seed oils such as Canola?

Will
June 22, 2020

DO an article on cooking with Olive Oil and other oils.
Thanks.

Sarah Stromeyer
June 22, 2020

Can you please speak to the use of coconut milk (reduced fat) in Asian and Indian cooking? I scrape off most of the fat even from the ‘reduced’ cans. This works well in recipes. Is this milk healthier than the cooking oil?
Thank you.

Sierra
June 23, 2020

Definitely- but keep in mind that the portion size of oil vs milk is drastically different which can skew the comparison. Tbl for tbl, though, coconut milk is better for you than coconut oil. I’m not sure how coconut milk compares to something like EVOO, though, and would be interested in what anyone else has to say.

Suzanne Stevens
June 22, 2020

I agree about the benefits of EVOlive oil, but if you want to fry eggs in it, it doesn’t react well to that high of heat!

Janet
June 22, 2020

If you heat EVOO, are the health benefits the same? Is there such a thing as heating EVOO to too high a temperature?

When EVCO is heated, does it change? For instance we hear about the smoke point being lower for coconut oil. Is that true for EVCO?

Arun s
June 22, 2020

I have used limited amounts of coconut oil when I cook or even directly mixed in in my diet. Yet I believe that based on yours and other studies that Olive oil is more effective in preventing CVD and other related maladies. There is no denying that coconut oil adds a wonderful flavor to a lot of dishes when it’s used in the preparation off various Asian dishes. Some fried foods in coconut oil taste markedly better than otherwise. If you try it on French fries for example the difference is obvious. Now, granted that not everyone is going to agree, esp if they have limited or compromised taste buds/ lack of tolerance etc.
Cheers! 👌

Chris
June 22, 2020

Thank you! I have been a little averse to coconut oil since the saturated fat is so high. Nice on the skin though. We do use it in place of shortening in baking.

The newer craze I am finding is actually MCT (Medium-chain triglycerides) oil, which is apparently coconut oil (and/or palm oil) changed somehow at the molecular level. It is all the rage for Keto diet followers, or folks who generally try to keep their carbs at a very low level (like me for the last 25 years). I am skeptical of this oil too, but have not found any reliable sources to help me understand this better. I probably won’t buy it, especially since it is so expensive, but I would love to see what actual scientific investigation ends up with.

In the meantime I will stick with my trusty olive oil. Thanks for the validations. I am never quite sure what is good!

REBECCA A. ELLIS
June 22, 2020

I’m glad EVOO was the winner. I have been using EVOO for the past ten years and never had a problem with my Cholesterol. I started using Organic Coconut Oil, and my LDL Cholesterol number increased significantly, so I stopped using the C Oil. I will never use Coconut Oil again. I get my fats from EVOO, Avocado, and nuts.

Thank You.

Roxanne Gordon
June 22, 2020

I have started to sauté with coconut oil because olive oil has such a high flash temperature, smoking, browning, it requires added butter. You cannot sauté meats or vegetables with olive oil alone.

PollyD
June 23, 2020

Saute at a lower temperature and you can use EVOO without problems.

Bea Reynolds
June 22, 2020

Any studies on comparing olive oil and avocado oil – wonder they they stack up?

L. Dassanayake
June 24, 2020

Some websites state that although olive oil is the best of oils, it is not a healthy oil. Further it is said that it is not a key ingredient of the meditaranian diet. My question is ,is coconut milk powder healthy? Doctors say it is better than dairy milk for people who have flem problems ?

Perry Caminis
June 22, 2020

If a mayonnaise is made from a tsp of mustard, 1 egg yolk, and 1 1/2 cups of EVOO, are the benefits very nearly the same as using EVOO alone?

Sierra
June 23, 2020

Yes- egg does not have an affect on the nutrition of EVOO and would make up a very small proportion of your recipe.

Ram Athreya
June 22, 2020

Ms Emily Gelsomin
Before coming to any conclusions about (Virgin) Coconut oil , please read 2 books by Dr Mary Newport , who successfully treated her (late) husband’s Alzheimer’s disease.
1. The Complete book of Ketones
2.The Coconut oil & Low-Carb Solution for Alzheiner’s , Parkinson’s and other diseases.

Steven G Ruimuku
June 19, 2020

What about olive oil and avocado oil(CPAO)?
Despite the fact that we can trace olive oils before the birth of Jesus Christ while the entrance of CPAO ia a very recent product in the market ,may be less than 50 years, I feel the latter is gaining preferences. But why? I don’t know.
Can smoking point be the “stand alone” reason behind it?

Karen Schwager
June 19, 2020

Have there been similar studies done on Avocado oil? If so, would you consider sharing the information and commenting on use of same.
Thank you
Karen

Heracles Brandao
June 19, 2020

Well, already expected, but what the following researches couldn’t hide, was the difficulty in having data for people of same regions when comparing different LDL levels between them.
Also, about the different temperatures each oil becomes saturated after cooking, as well as if the butter not exposed in high temperatures for example, could be às healthy as olive or coconut oils after cooked, when they become saturated.
But that’s a beginning, It really looks like people is adhering to a lifestyle change more and more.

Fay fraserfar
June 18, 2020

Does olive oil help the brain function

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