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Coconut Butter: The Better, Healthier Butter

** Basically, instead of being stored as fat the way that long-chain fatty acids are typically stored, it’s converted into fuel that can be used by the muscles right away. **

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Coconut Butter: The Better, Healthier Butter?

By Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DMN, CNS

April 16, 2017


You surely know that I’m a big lover of coconut oil because of its many healing properties, so it should come as no surprise that I also use coconut butter from time to time. Because every bit of the coconut is used in some way, such as in the making of coconut water, coconut milk, coconut nectar/coconut sugar, and even coconut flour, it’s often referred to as the tree of life, and that’s where coconut butter comes into the picture.

Coconut butter comes from coconut meat. Essentially, it’s the ground-up meat that makes the nut butter-like consistency, though usually a bit flakier. (1) The coconut has been a star superfood for some time now and has brought great health benefits to numerous cultures because it’s considered a valuable source of both food and medicine. Coconut butter has most of the same health-benefitting qualities as coconut oil, and then some. For instance, coconut benefits include aiding in weight loss, boosting immunity and more. How? I’m glad you asked.
Benefits of Coconut Butter
1. Aids Weight Loss

I know it may seem odd that eating fat will help you lose weight, but it’s possible if it’s a healthy fat. Of course, moderation is always important so don’t go all out on the coconut butter — however, having a little on a regular basis may just give your body what it needs in the category of healthy fats.

Interestingly, a group of farmers thought that by feeding their cattle coconut butter, the cattle would gain weight, therefore increasing their profitability. What happened? They lost weight! The reason is that the coconut butter is a medium-chain fatty acid. This type of fat gets burned for energy, unlike long-chain fatty acids, making it quite a superfood. Additionally, it makes coconut butter a metabolism booster that increases calorie burn and energy levels. (2)
2. Boosts Immunity

This superfood contains lauric acid. The HEAL Foundation reports that next to a mother’s milk for her newborn, coconut ranks as a second best choice for boosting immunity. Breast milk is one of the most effective ways to help a newborn gain a strong immune system. Studies indicate that 50 percent of breast milk is saturated fat, containing 20 percent lauric acid. Lauric acid is also found in coconut butter, which is a 12 carbon medium-chain length fatty acid. (3)
3. Can Ward Off Viruses

Coconut butter has many antibacterial characteristics. That lauric acid is pretty special since it has long been known to treat viral infections, such as the flu, the common cold, cold sores, genital herpes, genital warts and more. It can even help fight bronchitis, gonorrhea, yeast infections/candida, chlamydia, and ringworm. (4)
4. Helps Prevent Diseases

Coconut butter is no different than coconut oil when it comes to helping alleviate the risk of disease. Research tells us that the medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut butter may help prevent and treat diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis, gallbladder disease, Crohn’s disease, and even cancer. How? Because the medium-chain fatty acids are easier for the body to digest than long-chain versions, it offers more support for the body, helping reduce inflammation. While more studies are needed, it can certainly be an advantage when consumed in moderation. (5)


Coconut butter benefits - Dr. Axe


5. May Give Athletes a Performance Boost

Since coconut butter is a medium-chain fatty acid, it may provide a boost for athletic performance. This works because it contains MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides), which are more rapidly absorbed by the body. This, in turn, generates a fat-burning resource for energy.

Basically, instead of being stored as fat the way that long-chain fatty acids are typically stored, it’s converted into fuel that can be used by the muscles right away. MCT-based foods are popular with the Paleo die-hards. Though I do not recommend it long term, this may be one of the reasons a ketogenic diet has gained popularity for some athletes. (6)
6. Contains Beneficial Fiber

Most Americans do not get enough fiber in their diets. Coconut butter may help as a high-fiber food. This is great since it offers consistency in bowel movements and can even help lower cholesterol. Additionally, fiber can help control blood sugar levels. To make sure you are getting enough, you may want to keep an eye on it.

How much is enough? According to the Institute of Medicine, daily fiber recommendations for adults are: (7)

Men 50 or younger: 38 grams
Men 51 and older: 30 grams
Women 50 or younger: 25 grams
Women 51 and older: 21 grams

In addition, the meat of the coconut, coconut butter, may be a great addition to your diet.
7. Gives Hair a Shine

Coconut butter, much like coconut oil, can make for a great hair mask that offers many benefits, including hair growth, preventing dandruff and as a conditioner. I share some thoughts about the benefits of coconut oil for hair here.

Since it’s easily absorbed by the hair (and skin), it can reduce the negative effects of free radical damage while enhancing those gorgeous locks. You can simply blend it with your favorite essential oil, like rosemary, and massage it into your hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then shower as you normally would. If you prefer, you can heat coconut butter a little bit to soften it, then apply it to the hair. Either way, it adds shine and helps maintain a healthy head of hair. (8)
8. Provides Iron

Coconut butter, unlike coconut oil, provides 5 percent of the recommended daily value or iron. The is good news, especially for women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 percent of women in the U.S. are iron deficient, which is something to think about given just how important this nutrient is.

Iron is crucial in the development of healthy red blood cells. Without it, your body cannot get enough oxygen. Additionally, it can cause anemia, a common condition of young women. Lack of oxygen can cause exhaustion for even the fittest. It affects brain function, hair, skin, and nails too. Men should have about eight milligrams per day, whereas women (ages 19–50) should consume about 18 milligrams per day. After 50, women can get on track with the men at eight milligrams per day. (9)
Coconut Butter Nutrition

A 33-gram serving of coconut butter contains about: (10)

186 calories
7 grams carbohydrates
2 grams protein
18 grams fat
5 grams fiber
0.9 milligram iron (5 percent DV)
0.6 milligram vitamin C (1 percent DV)
10 milligrams calcium (1 percent DV)

Coconut Oil vs. Coconut Butter

These relatives are similar in many ways, though the biggest difference is that coconut oil is a 100 percent full-fat oil, whereas the butter contains fiber and other nutrients. (11)

Coconut Oil

Is 100 percent medium-chain fatty acid
Gets clear when melted
Cold-pressed oil extracted from the mature coconut
Suitable for high-temperature cooking
Dairy replacement is southeast Asia
Available as a virgin oil
Available in organic forms
Store at room temperature
Is 100 percent pure oil

Coconut Butter

Is a medium-chain fatty acid but contains fiber
Maintains its white color
Made by grinding the meat of coconut into a butter-like consistency
Used as a nut-free condiment or spread
Burns easily so should not be used for cooking but can be melted at low temperatures
Can be used as an exfoliant on skin
Contains fiber
Available as a virgin oil
Available in organic forms
Store at room temperature
Stir before using due to possible separation
Is about 60 percent oil


Coconut butter vs. coconut oil - Dr. Axe


How to Make Coconut Butter

Servings: 1.5–2 cups

Time: 15–20 minutes

Since coconut butter only contains the one ingredient, coconut, you just need to understand what to buy. Buy 100% percent unsweetened, dried coconut that’s either shredded or flakes. I suggest trying both since the texture is different for each. Flakes often turn into a smoother butter than shredded coconut does.

Coconut butter is delicious on anything from toasted sourdough to pancakes. It’s great in smoothies, coffee or blended with other nut butter and dark chocolate as a tasty treat. You can add a little to your favorite curry dishes too. And let’s not forget the magic it does on the body. It can be a great hair mask or body scrub.

Using a food processor and a high-powered blender, place about 4.5 cups of coconut into your food processor or blender. The blending time is about 15–20 minutes if using a food processor and 10–15 minutes (or less) if using a blender. For best results, occasionally stop the machine and scrape down the sides to push the coconut into the mixture.

As you are making the coconut butter, it will initially have a finely shredded texture. Eventually, it will start to get somewhat thin and grainy, becoming a smooth, thick liquid. You may find that the final product seems runny, but when you try it, it will have more of a thick, sticky texture, similar to grainy nut butter.

I like to keep mine in a glass jar at room temperature in my kitchen cabinet or cupboard. Once it cools to room temperature, it will help it have a more solid, spreadable consistency.

Here are a couple of coconut butter recipes to try:

Banana Bread
Paleo Coconut Butter Balls Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Coconut Butter Precautions

Coconut butter is great for so many things from vegan sweet treats and curry dishes to the skin and hair, but if you decide to heat it up on the stove, please be careful. It burns very easily. Keep temps on low for safe cooking and keep your eye on it.

Keep in mind that while lauric acid is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women in normal food amounts, larger amounts should be avoided. Simply check with your physician.

Final Thoughts on Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is amazing in just about as many ways as coconut oil, and maybe a little more. But, just like coconut oil, you have to enjoy it in moderation. While it is a healthy fat, it is still fat. Substituting coconut butter instead of regular butter can be a great way to gain some added nutritional value.

Coconut butter benefits include aiding weight loss, boosting immunity, warding off viruses, helping prevent disease, providing a performance boost for athletes, containing beneficial fiber, giving hair shine and providing iron.

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