stefan asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 4 months ago

Is coconut oil a good substitute for animal fat?

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  • 4 months ago

    Coconut oil is a healthy fat, yes

  • 4 months ago

    Olive oil is better if you want nutrients. Coconut oil is full of saturated fat.

  • Julien
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    No. It doesn't have any of the liposoluble vitamins and essential fats that good animal fats have.

    Animal fats should not be substituted, they are needed and there isn't really any way out except pills.

    It doesn't mean it has to be eaten in huge quantities (especially since quality is at least as important as quantity here), but it should not be eliminated. Animal fats and vegetal fats are complementary.

    Regarding the craze about coconut oil specifically, it has been developing much faster than our scientific knowledge about the genuine effects of coconut oil. Its benefits are not obvious, and the absence of detrimental effects are not obvious neither (saturated fats has for a long time been seen as a bad thing, and coconut oil is almost pure saturated fats).

  • Andy C
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Plant oils are mostly better than animal oils, but none are unhealthy UNLESS the plant oil is hydrogenated (fake cheese, margarine or Crisco).

    Those are called trans fats and are as bad as alcohol and fructose (in sugar, HFCS, honey, nectar and juice).

    Canola is the best oil and olive is a close second. Both are highest in the good fats called omega 3 fatty acids.

    Omega 3s actually do a lot of good whereas most vegetable oils are neutral. Coconut oil is neutral.

    • Julien
      Lv 7
      4 months agoReport

      Olive oil, like most vegetable oils, are omega-6 dominated (which acts *against* the omega-3). Moreover, the omega-3s of vegetal sources have very poor bioavailability (but with strong individual/genetic variations). Because of that, those who eat a lot of oil should also eat a lot of fat fishes.

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  • 4 months ago

    I heard coconut oil is healthy

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