Coconut Oil vs. Olive Oil

The face-off between coconut oil and olive oil

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Different oils have been proven to have different benefits. In the face-off between coconut oil and olive oil it has been found that while both contribute to positive health, they also contain different nutritional values.


Olive Oil

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Olive oil contains more “good fat” than coconut oil. These fats include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. According to Everyday Health, “these good fats have many heart-healthy properties, including lowering inflammation, improving cholesterol, lowering risk of heart disease, and, in animals, lowering the risk of abnormal heart rhythms.” Olive oil is also one of the main components of the Mediterranean diet and has less saturated fat than Coconut oil.


Negative effects:

According to research, “Olive oil is known to keep our heart healthy. But, studies have found that overconsumption of olive oil can cause a massive fall in blood pressure.” Other health issues include stroke, kidney failure, dizziness and lightheadedness.


According to SELF Nutrition Data 10g of Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains:

Calories: 20

Total Fat: 9g

Saturated Fat: 2g


Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a unique form of saturated fats that have been proven to have positive health effects. It is safe to eat and has a wide variety of healing properties. According to Authority Nutrition, “the fatty acids and breakdown products in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens, potentially helping to prevent infections.“ It is known as one of the world’s most weight-loss friendly fats and has magical anti-aging effects while also frequently used as a natural remedy for beauty.  


Negative effects:

Coconut oil contains a large amount of saturated fatty acids. According to research, “the fats can accumulate in our bodies, causing blockages within the arteries. These fats can stick to our arterial walls, causing the blood passageway to be smaller, leading to high blood pressure.“ They also explain, on rare occasions coconut oil can cause allergic reactions and serious anaphylaxis.


According to SELF Nutrition Data 28g of Organic Coconut Oil contains:

Calories: 240

Total Fat: 28g

Saturated Fat: 24g

Trans Fat: 2g


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