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Local grass fed butter vs coconut oil

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Updated June 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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Local grass fed butter vs coconut oil from the other side of the globe? Is local always the best way to go?

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0 · June 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Char limit, sorry...

Fermentation method extra virgin coconut oil and its antioxidant effects:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19115123

Gamma tocopherol (that's the rare form of Vitamin E also found in Red Palm Oil) in XV Argan Oil:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22537213

Feel free to contact the researchers and let them know that you think their research is flawed. I'm sure that being researchers, they appreciate criticism, Matt11.

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0 · June 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Shea butter contains more than 300% RDA of Vitamin C per 50g of fat (tropical plant source fat)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24261539

Selenium, vitamin A and other vitamins during the INDOOR season in Swedish cows: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24261539

Better fat balance n-3/n-6:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24261539

Why would fat soluble vitamins be found in non fatty areas of the animal? Why would they be found in the whey? No, they are found in the yellow summer grass fed butter. The USDA needs to address this.

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0 · June 09, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I agree that butter tastes way better! :)

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0 · June 09, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Hate to break it to ya, but there's less nutrition in fat than you think there is.

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0 · June 09, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Recently when I cook I start out with a heaped tablespoon of clarified butter and a heaped tablespoon of coconut oil globbed into the pan... best of both worlds ;)

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0 · June 09, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Cronometer.com is pretty good, it has most of the micros/macros on point. I do wish it distinguished between K1 & K2 though.

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0 · June 09, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Agree. For some reason, nutrition trackers don't include the all the vitamins in animal fats. I think that's completely wrong. I mean, seriously, zero vitamin A and E? Get real, the animal would have to have died of some kind of disease to get that reading. It's way past time to redo all the USDA vitamin data.

Coconut oil has the benefit of encouraging the formation of ketones, but if you don't care about that, then go with the butter.

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0 · June 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I prefer coconut oil for high heat applications like searing meat. I prefer butter for taste though.

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0 · June 10, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Both the coconut oil and local grass feed butter are good but pasture butter would have added advantage as it adds a nutritional punch than that of coconut oil.

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8042 · June 10, 2014 at 1:16 AM

I do have the same environmental concerns about coconut oil. It has a big carbon footprint and as CO grows more popular there's more potential that primal rain forest will be clear cut to grow coconuts. OTOH, grass fed butter doesn't have some of the components that make CO healthful, including a high percentage of MCT's. I use both, but lots of our European ancestors got along fine without ANY CO oil ever, so vote your conscience. Nothing bad will happen if you choose to avoid CO. And Chronic is right, if you choose CO, that doesn't mean you can't also do butter or ghee, and support the local economy and environment as well.

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73 · June 09, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Why choose when you can have both!? I love both but if I had to choose then of course the fat from mothers milk will trump just about any other fat on the planet.

I can't put my finger on what I like more about each of them apart from the obvious - butterfat has a much better flavour.

A coconut oil stir fry does have something about it that makes it so damn satisfying, yet butterfat has very similar qualities in that regard, I feel like i'm absorbing much more of my food when I use either.

For energy some say you'll get a bigger boost from coconut oil due to the MCT's, but butter also has MCFA's & the SCFA's in butterfat act in a similar fashion, maybe even quicker. I know if i'm in ketosis and have a spoon of butterfat I get energy from it faster than coconut oil.

I actually prefer coconut milk to oil, its still high fat but is very nutritious and very easy to make at home from whole coconuts, there is nothing like fresh coconut milk.

At the end of the day butter wins simply because it has the best flavour & the fat solubles A, D, E & K.

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0 · June 09, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I agree that butter tastes way better! :)

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0 · June 08, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Grass fed butter is far more nutritious with many fat soluble vitamins vital for strong immunity, therefore, great health with very important hormonal balance that is crucial for optimum body preformance can only be accomplished with nutrient dense food. Grass fed butter is definitely better choice. Coconut oil has lauric acid which is great for immunity, but butter simply has many other great 'things'.

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0 · June 09, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Agree. For some reason, nutrition trackers don't include the all the vitamins in animal fats. I think that's completely wrong. I mean, seriously, zero vitamin A and E? Get real, the animal would have to have died of some kind of disease to get that reading. It's way past time to redo all the USDA vitamin data.

Coconut oil has the benefit of encouraging the formation of ketones, but if you don't care about that, then go with the butter.

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