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Which one is mightier? Olive oil or Coconut oil

Here are the pros and cons of both Olive oil and Coconut oil. Now decide yourself regarding which one is healthier.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a pretty good addition to your kitchen shelf. The main benefit is that it has a high smoke point. Refined coconut oil has a smoke point of over 200 degrees centigrade. As you probably guessed, this means you can cook with it at a high temperature without it smoking. This is because coconut oil is a saturated fat which means that it’s really stable and resistant to heating so it doesn’t oxidize easily. The other reported benefits of coconut oil are that it increases metabolic rate, eradicates hunger, decreases heart disease risk and so on, seem to be blown widely out of proportion.

The bottom line is that coconut oil is great for cooking at high temperatures, but it’s not a miracle fat.

Olive oil

A staple in the Mediterranean diet, which is often a model for eating recommended by health practitioners, olive oil is a fantastic source of fat in the diet. But you may have heard that olive oil isn’t great for cooking with because it’s unstable at high temperatures (unlike our aforementioned coconut oil) but the research shows this isn’t actually the case. Polyunsaturated fats like vegetable oils can become unstable at moderate to high temperatures, but not monounsaturated fats like olive oil; it is much more resistant to oxidation than we had assumed.

What’s more, olive oil is a great source of Vitamin E which actually increases the stability and the antioxidant capacity of refined olive oil. Another study also tested out the stability of olive oil under deep-frying conditions. It found that vegetable oil was highly susceptible to oxidation but the olive oils, especially extra-virgin olive oil, performed really well. Spanish researchers also showed olive oil was far better in this regard compared to sunflower oil.

Final Verdict

There isn’t a real winner in the olive oil versus coconut oil debate. Although coconut oil is hyped as being the better option for high temperature cooking, studies have shown that olive oil doesn’t fare nearly as badly as some people would suggest.