Is coconut oil better for you than olive oil?
When you think of healthy oils, most people immediately think of olive oil. After all, it’s a crucial component of the Mediterranean Diet which is widely considered to be one of the healthiest particularly with regards to protecting the heart.
But you might need to re-consider this. Research just published has shown that virgin coconut oil is actually better than olive oil at improving antioxidant status in the body. The coconut oil had a broad range of action but in particular significantly increased the amount of two crucial antioxidant compounds called superoxide dismutase and reduced glutathione.
Compared to olive oil, coconut oil also had higher amounts of the biologically active compounds polyphenols and vitamins E, both of which are known to protect the heart and cells from damage.
Read the study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23892389