The 1 Miracle Cooking Oil Better For You Than Olive Oil

Written by Josh Bezoni

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

While extra virgin olive oil has always been (and will continue to be) a staple, nutritious, go-to oil for healthy cooking and food prep, there’s a new kid on the block that’s getting all the attention as of late.

This powerhouse oil has been touted by “celebrity” fitness gurus for its metabolism and weight-loss benefits, Hollywood celebrities have sworn by its hair, skin, and anti-aging properties, and researchers have examined the compelling claims.

Oh me, oh my! Whatever could this so-called “miracle” oil be?

Well, before we get to that, you may be shocked to learn that this oil is 90% SATURATED FAT, yet by most standards, it’s even healthier than extra virgin olive oil.

We’re talking about extra virgin coconut oil.

While extra virgin coconut oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil (350 vs. 320 degrees F, meaning it can withstand even higher temperatures without being damaged or denatured), its most unique health-supporting and fat-loss benefits come from a special type of saturated fat that is abundantly found in coconut oil: medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).

MCTs are a unique form of saturated fat that have been shown to possess antioxidant and anti-microbial properties and may also offer anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral immune benefits.

Even more, several studies have linked replacing other fats with the consumption of extra virgin coconut oil to smaller waist sizes. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found MCTs to be THREE times more effective at raising metabolism than long-chain fatty acids. And one other study showed coconut oil provided a greater muscle-preserving effect when calories were restricted in overweight individuals.


Great question. You see, because medium chain fats are metabolized by being sent right to the liver from the digestive track (unlike most fats), they’re more likely to be used immediately for energy or stored as ketone bodies. In addition, coconut oil appears to be more “thermogenic”; that is, it may increase energy burning compared to if you consumed the same amount of other types of fats (on a calorie per calorie basis). One study, for example, showed that when 1 to 2 tablespoons of MCTs were consumed, energy burning increased by 5% or about 120 calories per day.

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Beyond that, coconut oil has been shown to slow digestion, increase feelings of fullness, and support healthy blood sugar levels. It also appears to reduce appetite, so you’ll eat less calories. In one study, healthy men who were eating high amounts of MCTs ate 256 fewer calories per day, without even trying.

Clearly, replacing other fats with this “super” oil as part of your nutrition plan may carry numerous benefits. A win-win all around.

The type of coconut oil you choose is very important, however, as some coconut oils are BAD NEWS for your health (such as hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated coconut oil).

By far, the purest form of coconut oil is organic extra virgin coconut oil, and the top researchers and experts recommend replacing other fats with 2 – 4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. The easiest way to get your daily quota of this super fat is to use coconut oil in cooking as you would olive oil or any other oil, in baking, and you can even mix it in your fat-burning protein shakes.

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  • ellen van wyk

    Hi there i believe in coconut oil i have using it all my life its really amazing But thanx for the tip that it is good for weigh loss allso that is new too me but thanxvery great ful”;;God bless

    • Cristina

      Hi Ellen. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review, and for sharing your personal experience with coconut oil.

      We would love to learn more about your inclusion of coconut oil, and how it has provided you with favorable results. Do you have a particular coconut oil that you use?

      Thank you for sharing your opinion with others. We look forward to hearing from you again soon.

      • Inna

        Dear Cristina
        I never used the coconut oil and chia and would like to know how to cook and how to use it in salads for example
        Thank you in advance

        • Cristina

          Hi Inna. We appreciate your interest in our article on the benefits of coconut oil. I would be more than happy to share some additional information on how you can incorporate both coconut oil and chia into your healthy diet.

          Both coconut oil and chia are what I would consider to be “healthy fats”. Generally speaking, the following are good starting points for portion sizes for fats:

          Women: start with 1 thumb sized portion per meal
          Men: start with 2 thumb sized portion per meal

          For me personally, I use coconut oil in place of butter, shortening and oil in most (if not all) of my baking. Something I learned the hard way is coconut oil will solidify if added to cold ingredients (i.e., eggs and milk) so it’s best to make sure all ingredients in the recipe are at room temperature before you add the coconut oil.

          Some folks add a serving of coconut oil to their protein shakes or their coffee, and these are both excellent ways to ensure you are getting healthy fats in your diet.

          Coach Josh mentioned some of the benefits of healthy fats, and I would like to add that healthy fats are critical for recovery and support of mental health and feelings of well being.

          Chia seeds are loaded with essential nutrients like omega-3s, calcium, potassium and magnesium, and contain 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein per tablespoon.

          Since chia seeds have a somewhat neutral flavor, I toss a serving into pancakes, waffles, or muffins. Sometimes I will add them into recipes such as my Healthy Granola Bars. The reason I am such a fan of chia seeds is because they are so small I can get away with adding them to my baking without my children noticing. 😉

          I hope this information is helpful, Inna. If there is anything else we can do for you, just say the word!

  • Actually it would be sesame seed oil or safflower oil or pecan oil if we could find it or grass-fed-butter or walnut oil if we could find it.

    • Cristina

      Welcome, Anna. We appreciate your feedback and I would say this is a case where we view things on a good>>better>>best continuum when determining which type of oil or fat source to include in our diet.

      Butter sourced from grass-fed cows is high in conjugated linoleic acid, which has potent body composition and anti-inflammatory benefits, so this may be a good fat source.

      In terms of cooking oils, I would probably suggest avoiding other refined vegetable/seed oils like peanut, corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower oils for many of the same reasons as mentioned in my above response to Muriel’s inquiry about canola oil.

      Specifically, these refined oils are heavily concentrated in omega-6 fatty acids. This is important because omega-6 fatty acids are generally considered “pro-inflammatory,” and they are particularly problematic when consumed in excess of omega-3 fatty acids, which are generally regarded as “anti-inflammatory.”

      You see, experts estimate that throughout human history the optimal ratio for consumption of omega-6 fatty acids (e.g., linoleic acid) to omega-3 fatty acids (e.g., alpha linolenic acid, DHA, EPA) was about 1:1. With the contemporary diet, this ratio has shifted dramatically in favor omega-6 fatty acids to 20:1.

      Researchers attribute this imbalanced intake of omega fatty acids to an increase in virtually all inflammation-related conditions including mood disorders, mental illnesses, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. That’s right, despite the fact that we’ve been fed the advice to opt for refined vegetable oils rich in omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids for the past half century, research now shows that this advice is misguided, leading to increased rates of death from all causes, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease.

      While there are multiple explanations for this heavy imbalance of omega fatty acids—including a decrease in omega-3 fatty acid consumption from freshwater fish—researchers attribute this in large part to the ubiquity of refined vegetable oils (e.g., soybean, safflower, sunflower, peanut, corn oil) present in the Western diet.

  • Muriel

    How about Canola oil?

    • Cristina

      Hello Muriel. Great question!

      We generally recommend folks avoid using polyunsaturated fatty acids such as vegetable oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and canola oil.

      These five cooking oils are high in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and can do a number on your omega fatty acid balance, thus inducing inflammation and ultimately negatively impacting your overall health.

      Beyond that, polyunsaturated oils are highly unstable under heat, light, and pressure, all of which heavily oxidize these fragile oils, snowballing free radical production within your body and ultimately increasing inflammation within your body’s cells, tissues, and organs.

      Even worse, polyunsaturated fatty acids are easily transformed into health-derailing trans fats under high heat, and research conducted at
      the University of Florida found the trans-fat levels of commercial canola oil products to be a whopping 4.6%—the highest of all oils.

      Thus, we recommend folks limit their consumption of these oils whenever possible.

  • I love coconut water, extra virgin coconut oil and coconut milk. Actually, using coconut milk (instead of creams and other milks) in cooking vegetables and foods can also give coconut oil, coz coconut milk contains coconut oil, and it taste so good.

    • Cristina

      Hi there, It sounds as though you are very well versed in the benefits of coconut oil and how it is far reaching beyond that of any other dietary oils.

      It is no surprise why the palm tree is known as the “Tree of Life”.

      If you have any favorite recipes that incorporate coconut water, coconut oil, and coconut milk, we would love for you to share them with us!