Coconut Oil vs. Olive Oil: Which is Healthier?

Melissa Rifkin, MS, RDN, CDN 5/10/2019

Fats are a macronutrient that has received conflicting media coverage over the years. In the 90s, the trend was low-fat everything as research at the time connected reducing fat in our diet to weight loss and health benefits.

However, in a complete 180, science has recently shown us there are many benefits to including fat in our diet, including increasing satiety, providing anti-inflammatory properties, facilitating nutrient absorption, and building healthy cells. Fat is just as essential for our health as carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Now that we have established the importance of a well-balanced diet that includes adequate amounts of fat, the conversation has turned to which oil is best for us to cook with.

Olive oil has well been established as a good-for-us fat, but how does it match up against coconut oil with its recent rise in popularity? Find out below, and then learn more about the popular fat with our 14 Benefits of Coconut Oil.

What to consider when determining how healthy an oil is:
When comparing oils it is important to take several factors into account:


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