America has an obsession with butter. It’s our guilty pleasure that we can find a way to incorporate into any meal we make. Pancakes, grilled cheese, pasta, pound cake. Those are all starchy examples, but you’ll also find butter drenched vegetables, salmon, chicken and more. I believe some people, probably Paula Dean, would put butter on her butter. Ideally though, we shouldn’t be consuming more that one teaspoon a day of butter, salted or unsalted. One tablespoon of salted butter contains 100 calories, 30mg of cholesterol, and 81mg of sodium. In comparison one tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil contains 120 calories, 0g of cholesterol, and 0g of sodium. Although the caloric count is slightly higher in coconut oil, the recommended daily dosage is up to 4 tablespoons per day vs 1 teaspoon of butter. And coconut oil is a healthy fat, like olive and nut seed oils. 25-30% of your total daily calories can come from these types of fats. The healthy fat category is energy dense and can help bolster metabolism.
Like we always say, try substituting coconut oil for butter, it’s a simple 1 to 1 replacement ratio and tastes wonderful on all recipes from savory to sweet.