How To Use Coconut Oil And Coconut Butter

Coconut butter, coconut oil and a ketogenic diet all support a love of fat for energy and health.

We're used to seeing it in desserts, body lotion and face lotion but awareness of coconut butter is increasing due to its lovable taste and texture. The nutritional profile is comparable to coconut oil, but instead of being all fat, it has fiber, protein potassium, magnesium and iron.

Like coconut oil, you're also getting the much talked about medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which research suggests have many health benefits. These fatty acids have been linked to improved cognition and focus, weight loss, emotional wellbeing, appetite suppression, gut balance, better nutrient absorption and digestion, and heart health. Lauric acid, an MCT, is also touted for it's antimicrobial properties. 

Compared to long-chain fatty acids (seafood, beef, eggs), the MCTs are a medium carbon chain that metabolizes and converts fat into energy--called ketones--faster. Eating a high fat vs high carbohydrate diet super jolts the creation of ketones for the body to burn and produce energy more rapidly than carbohydrates where glucose is the main energy source and takes longer to convert. A high fat diet can aide in weight loss and high energy output which is what the recently trending ketogenic diet is about, especially where high performance athletes are looking to improve results.

Coconut Oil vs Coconut Butter Use

The main difference between coconut oil and coconut butter is that coconut oil is pure fat, while coconut butter is the full meat of the coconut, containing fiber, trace amounts of protein and other minerals. 

Both are different for cooking and baking. Where you can add a teaspoon of coconut oil into your coffee, cooking and baked treats with great results, coconut butter is a bit thicker. The added nutrients and power of coconut butter make it fortifying in smoothies and eaten uncooked whenever possible. It can be used in place of butter and enjoyed over waffles or pancakes, or melted on low heat with coconut oil and spices to become a component of raw food treats, where when frozen it reforms. 

While both have many health benefits, like anything, too much of a good thing can reduce the benefits quickly. Diet is all about balance, and we think, great flavor!