An essential part of the keto diet consists of eating a serious amount of fat every single day, and one of the easiest ways of doing this is by incorporating a lot of oils into your menu.
The three most popular oil options that people use to meet their dietary fat goals and maintain effective ketosis are olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and MCT oil. Without them, it would be extremely hard to get the recommended amount of daily fat in a healthy way.
How much fat is there in Olive oil?
Olive oil is the most accessible and popular oil choice among all followers of the keto diet. It has a lot of health benefits.
According to the Food Composition Database of the USDA, a tablespoon of olive oil contains, on average:Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) - 10 gSaturated fatty acids (SFAs) - 2 gPolyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) - 1 gTotal fat: 13 g (that’s about 99 grams of fat in 100 g of olive oil)
How much fat is there in avocado oil?
Once again, if you look into the Food Composition Database of the USDA, you’ll find the following amount of fats stated for a tablespoon of avocado oil, on average:Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) - 10 gSaturated fatty acids (SFAs) - 2 gPolyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) - 2 gTotal fat: 14 g (that’s about 100 grams of fat in 100 g of avocado oil)
As you see, olive oil and avocado oil are almost identical in terms of fat content, so the choice between these two is mostly a matter of personal preference. Both are great choices for the ketogenic diet.
Coconut and MCT oils are on a whole other level.
How much fat is there in coconut oil?
Let’s check out what the USDA says about a tablespoon of coconut oil:Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) - 0.8 gSaturated fatty acids (SFAs) - 11.2 g (some coconut oil products may have much less, about 5 g)Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) - 0.2 gTotal fat: 13 g (that’s about 99 grams of fat in 100 g of coconut oil)
As you see, the main difference between coconut oil and the previous two points on our list is that coconut oil has a much higher content of saturated fatty acids. Olive and avocado oils consist mostly monounsaturated fatty acids. We’ll get to why this is important a bit later, so keep reading.
How much fat is there in MCT oil?
On average, a tablespoon of MCT oil has 14 g of fat, but ALL of it consists of SFAs - and that’s 7 times more than olive or avocado oils have!
This is because MCT oil, by definition, consists exclusively of medium-chain triglycerides, which are saturated fatty acids. Meaning a tablespoon of MCT oil has:Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) - 0 gSaturated fatty acids (SFAs) - 14 gPolyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) - 0 gTotal fat: 14 g (roughly 100 grams of fat in 100 g of coconut oil)
So, is there a real difference?
All of the 4 options mentioned above are keto-friendly, so the ultimate question is: are saturated fatty acids (SFAs) better than (MUFAs) for you? Are olive and avocado oils better than coconut and MCT oils, or it’s the other way around?
The short answer is that there’s no universal ”best” option, but SFAs in general and MCTs specifically may be a much preferably option for some people.
To summarize, all 4 options described above are great for anyone going keto, it’s mostly a matter of taste and convenience.
At the same time, coconut oil and MCT oil are preferable for:
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