Olive oil has been around for centuries. It is known to reduce the risk of heart related ailments, as well as keep your cholesterol In check. In the health news it seems, coconut oil is getting raved left and right for it’s health benefits also. Coconut oil is also in the beauty news as one of the best oils to use for makeup remover, shaving balm, and so much more. I recently found a great article by the Cleveland clinics in Health researching the differences in the oils, and what oil is actually BEST for your heart health.
Mono fat and polyunsaturated fat
These oils both have mono fats and poly fats in them . The olive oil has an estimated 78 % mono fat, where the coconut oil has 6%. Monounsaturated fats are best described as being liquid at room temperature, but turning solid when its chilled or cold. They are the fat that may help lower your blood pressure, and raise the HDL (good) cholesterol and lower the LDL ( bad) cholesterol. When it comes to oils and their polyunsaturated fats, olive oil has 8%, where coconut oil has 2%. Polyunsaturated is best described as an oil that is thought to lower the LDL bad cholesterol. When you look at the numbers and percentages, the olive oil comes out as the winner.
Saturated fats are the fats that you truly want to stay away from. I call this fat the “heart attack” fat! It simply is the worst fat that your body can take it. It is known to raise your risk of diabetes, and raise the risk of heart related ailments such as a stroke or heart disease. These fats have hydrogenation , and are found in many of the animal products in the stores. They are solid at room temperature. The saturated fats can cause the total blood pressure to rise, and elevate your cholesterol levels.
Olive oil wins in this case due to the high percentages in monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats which our heart needs. The coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but its not yet determined whether the saturated fat is less harmful than the ones found in vegetable and corn oils. Olive oil is used in the Mediterranean diet, which is known to reduce overall heart problems, as well as reduce diabetes. It is used in salad dressings, stir frys, baking, and oven cooking. Coconut oil is used a lot in sautéing foods, and used when making sauces. In this case, I would stick to the heart healthy olive oil when cooking, and leave the coconut oil for use in the bathroom.