3 Best Substitutes For Coconut Oil, From Dietitians & Chefs

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First of all, what is coconut oil?

Coconut oil is a natural, plant-based cooking oil made from pressed coconut meat. Many dietitians and health experts consider it one of the healthier options among cooking oils, depending on how it’s made.

“Coconut oil can be expeller-pressed (with heat) or cold-pressed (without heat),” chef and certified nutritionist Serena Poon, C.N., tells mbg. It can also be labeled as virgin or refined.

“Cold-pressed and virgin are thought to best preserve the nutritional value and also maintain the coconut flavor,” Poon says. “Refined coconut oil is made with dried coconut meat, has a bit higher smoke point, and does not carry a flavor.” The latter is also more chemically processed and, therefore, less nutritious.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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