Coconut Oil vs. Olive Oil: 5 Things You Need to Know

Olive oil will always be there. But across a wide range of cooking methods and body care needs, coconut oil has the versatility and a wide range of health benefits that are tough to match. 

Coconut Oil vs. Olive Oil: What’s the Difference?

Ever tried to saute or fry with olive oil? You probably caught some collateral damage. This is due to olive oil’s relatively low smoke point -- defined as the temperature at which an oil burns to the point of giving off smoke. For this reason, Italian cooking more often uses olive oil as a seasoning than as a wide-ranging cooking oil.

The good news? Coconut oil has no such problem.

Semi-solid to solid at room temperature, coconut oil is a more robust and versatile option by comparison. Its chemical makeup consists of shorter chains of fatty acids called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which evidence suggests can positively affect energy, appetite, and metabolism.


Coconut Oil Benefits

So, what is coconut oil good for? The list of coconut oil health benefits is impressive, and beyond simply cooking with it -- which is a great option, of course! -- there are a number of different ways for it to find a way into your wellness routine.

Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil has a smoke point noticeably higher than olive oil, and Nutiva Refined Coconut Oil’s is even higher. That makes it ideal for high-heat cooking methods, especially given its fatty acid profile compared to other options like shortening and butter.

Various studies have suggested that MCTs increase HDL (good) cholesterol, and for those curious about a keto diet, the body converts MCTs into ketones at a higher rate than other fatty acids.

The kicker? There is some research to suggest that ketogenic diets can reduce the rate of seizures in epileptic children and support healthy brain function in milder cases of Alzheimer’s among older people.

Wondering about using coconut oil for hair or skin treatment? Smart idea. Coconut oil is known to protect hair by not only serving as a moisturizer, but preventing protein loss. On skin, it has even produced therapeutic results for many suffering from psoriasis and eczema.

And compared to olive oil’s telltale savory smell, we’ll take coconut oil’s softer, sweeter aroma for body care purposes any day of the week.

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