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Posted by: heleen | 2012-03-14

Olive Oil or Coconut Oil?

Which is best, Olive Oil or Coconut Oil, tks

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Dear Heleen
Olive oil which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and forms part of the Mediterranean diet is usually regarded as a healthy choice. There has always been a problem trying to differentiate between 'good' fats and 'bad' fats derived from coco palm trees. On the one hand there is the oil derived from the palm kernel which is high in saturated fat and should be avoided. On the other hand, there is beneficial red palm oil that is produced from the flesh of the palm fruit and is regarded as highly beneficial because it contains antioxidants called tocotrienols that belong to the vitamin E family. So you will need to check on the label of the coconut oil to see if it is made from "coconut palm kernel" and is high in saturated fats or not.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2012-03-15

Dear Heleen
Olive oil which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and forms part of the Mediterranean diet is usually regarded as a healthy choice. There has always been a problem trying to differentiate between 'good' fats and 'bad' fats derived from coco palm trees. On the one hand there is the oil derived from the palm kernel which is high in saturated fat and should be avoided. On the other hand, there is beneficial red palm oil that is produced from the flesh of the palm fruit and is regarded as highly beneficial because it contains antioxidants called tocotrienols that belong to the vitamin E family. So you will need to check on the label of the coconut oil to see if it is made from "coconut palm kernel" and is high in saturated fats or not.
Best regards
DietDoc

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