1. yay for good fats! I use the same two as you and don’t think I’ll ever look back, love them both so much! Thanks for the great info here, makes me feel even better about cooking with butter.

  2. Ashley

    All I ever use is butter…and the occasional olive oil…I’ll have to look into that now. I did stop using my canola cooking spray though after I read an article about canola…scary!

  3. Mary

    Thanks for the information. I use butter & coconut oil but also olive oil – it sounds like I need to save the olive oil for mostly salad dressings.
    Also, regarding a different post – I tried your chocolate/mint recipe & loved it!

  4. Fantastic information! I only cook with coconut oil now too, for the same reason. I love olive oil for drizzling though (& flaxseed oil). I think I’ve finally come to the conclusion that Earth Balance isn’t necessarily a healthier choice. We might switch back to (the most humane we can find) grass-fed butter when we need something more buttery than coconut oil. Thoughts?

  5. Tony

    What happens when fats are heated? How does that change the nutritional profile of the fat?

    Both butter and coconut oil are saturated fats. I was under the impression that too high a consumption of saturated fats had consequences for ones health. How do you avoid that?

    In my house, we use expeller pressed canola oil, which avoids the chemical issue you mention. Is that still bad?

    Thanks for clarifying.

    • gracefulfitness

      As any unsaturated fat is heated it starts to break down and diminish in flavor and nutrients. Saturated fats are very stable and can withstand high heat without becoming trans fats and decreasing nutrition. The issue of saturated fats being “bad” or “good” isn’t black and white. Animal products from animals that ate grass and grubs (in the case of chickens) have significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and significantly lower levels of fat than their grain fed counterparts. As far as coconut oil, it is very stable at high heat so you don’t lose any of it’s wonderful antiseptic, antimicrobial, antifungal properties or it’s high level of antioxidants. If you are interested in learning more, here’s some info on coconut oil http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
      Expeller pressed canola oil is best choice if you want to cook with an oil, I just find that I love the flavor of coconut oil and butter and the health benefits are worth it for me.
      I’m no scientist but this is what I’ve learned over the years!

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