Is coconut oil a good substitute for animal fat?
- PatriciaLv 74 months ago
Coconut oil is a healthy fat, yes
- Emily RoseLv 64 months ago
Olive oil is better if you want nutrients. Coconut oil is full of saturated fat.
- JulienLv 74 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 CLv 74 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.
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- 4 months ago
I heard coconut oil is healthy