Coconut oil vs. butter

"[...] the intake of butter may be associated with increased risk of certain cancer types. Butter increases LDL-cholesterol when compared to virtually all other fats and oils. [...] Coconut oil may increase LDL-cholesterol when compared to other plant oils but may decrease LDL-cholesterol when compared to animal fats rich in SFA [butter or lard]. [...] " Rosqvist & Niinistö 2024

"[...] Evidence from RCTs indicated that coconut oil seems to have less detrimental effects on total and LDL-cholesterol compared to butter, but not compared to cis-unsaturated vegetable oils, such as safflower, sunflower, or canola oil. [...]" Schwingshackl & Schlesinger 2023


LDL: low-density lipoprotein
RCT: randomized-controlled trial
SFA: saturated fatty acids