What is the difference between coconut butter and coconut oil?
Coconut Butter includes the meat or flesh of the coconut whereas coconut oil does not. Coconut Butter is essentially the puréed/pulverized coconut meat, and has a thick, creamy smooth texture. It is about 60% oil. And it is delicious. 😁
Because coconut butter includes the whole coconut flesh, it has nutritional components that the oil does not. When you eat coconut butter, you’re getting protein, additional vitamins and minerals, and most notably, fiber. One tablespoon has 3 grams of fiber. This will inevitably increase your fiber intake. Seriously so delicious too!
Coconut oil and butter are composed of medium chain fats, which are immediately burned for energy, rather than stored like longer chain fats.
Because it’s a healthy fat, adding coconut to your meals helps satiate you, which keeps you feeling full longer. Coconut is also good for immunity since it contains lauric acid, which is found in breast milk it helps to boost your immune system.
It is important to note that it’s best to use either oil melted, since it’s absorbed better. For example: coconut oil is great to cook with while coconut butter is great to melt down and add to your smoothie, melt and add to your vegetables as you would with butter. (Did you know the beta-carotene in these veggies is better absorbed when eaten with some healthier fat!). So, enjoy and indulge yourself with coconut oil and butter.
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