Can You Use Coconut Oil, MCT Oil and Olive Oil on the Carnivore Diet?

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Say what? You wanna add some plant-based oils to the carnivore diet which already restricts plant-based foods? It’s frowned down upon and there are many reasons why.

Let’s try not to get triggered here. What I mean by that is if you are attempting or considering the carnivore diet there may be some health benefits to it by keeping toxic immune response triggering plant foods out.

If you are new to the carnivore diet and need a quick guide then check out, “The Carnivore Diet 101: A meaty Resource.”

The following shows some of the potential dangers and inflammatory culprits found within plant-based oils. If you have a food sensitivity and intolerance’s then this might hit home.

Olive Oil and Steak

Dangerous Molecular Triggers

While reading Dr. Paul Saladino’s book, “The Carnivore Code”, he mentions that a lot of these so-called healthy plant oils still have some potentially harmful toxins hidden within like…


There is a lot of hype around polyphenols, an antioxidant, that is supposed to be beneficial for humans. Here’s an interesting study which hypothesizes them as being a positive.

According to the study, “Polyphenols are reducing agents, and together with other dietary reducing agents, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids, referred to as antioxidants, protect the body’s tissues against oxidative stress and associated pathologies such as cancers, coronary heart disease, and inflammation.”

But maybe that’s faulty information?

The crazy thing about this study and many others that try to prop up polyphenols as being good is that they are based on epidemiology. Epidemiology doesn’t use intervention but rather diet surveys!

Dr. Georgie Ede destroys the idea of using epidemiological studies as a source of viable nutritional information in:

Unfortunately, the thing is that there are a few interventional studies surrounding polyphenols and it doesn’t show them as helpful but potentially harmful like this study:

This study said, “The overall effect of the 10-week period without dietary fruits and vegetables was a decrease in oxidative damage to DNA, blood proteins, and plasma lipids, concomitantly with marked changes in antioxidative defense.”

The study showed some positive results when the subjects ate a diet free of polyphenols!

Dr. Saladino says, “there’s a lot of hype around polyphenols, but I’m far from convinced that these provide a unique benefit in humans.”

“…they (polyphenols) don’t play well with our biology, nor is there solid evidence that we need them to be optimal.”

Coconut and Knife


You are going to find salicylate in both coconut oil and olive oil! Salicylates are one form of a plant’s natural defense mechanism. They are released by the plant when attacked or being eaten.

It’s one form of a plant’s natural pesticides. They suck for humans too.

This stuff has been to shown to trigger asthma, gut inflammation and even disaster pants aka diarrhea.

Some people that very sensitive to salicylate have these symptoms as well:

  1. Rashes
  2. Headaches
  3. Ringing in the ears


Oleosin is a structural plant protein found within plant cells.

These plant proteins are what triggers the immune response in certain individuals and cause allergic reactions.

Some people have had dangerously strong allergic reactions to oils containing Oleosins as it’s also abundantly found in seed oils like peanut and sesame.

Guess what? Olive oil and coconut oil can potentially do the same thing. Dr. Saladino resorts to these studies which show the research that oleosins are found in coconut oil and olive oil.

Dr. Saladino likes to mention, “if the idea is to eliminate the plant foods that may be triggering our immune system, avoiding all plant oils is a good idea.”


MCT oil is the oil made popular in the keto and bulletproof diet community and one of the supplements I paid way to much money for overtime. All it is essentially concentrated fat, usually from coconut, and processed into an easier to digest form of oil.

It’s supposed to help with energy. Some people cook with it and some people put it in their coffee or smoothies.

However it usually comes from a plant source and it’s a processed food.

Dr. Shawn Baker, author of “The Carnivore Diet”, drops his two cents on MCT oil by saying, “The “keto” propensity to drink lots of oils is largely a great way to take in a large dose of low nutrition fat and is often why so many people do poorly.”

“Never would we see a prehistoric man doing this, particularly with the processed fake food fat bombs and things that are now so ubiquitous.”

“Processed food is still processed food whether it is labeled keto, paleo, primal, organic or vegan- it is just garbage- if you need some more fat get it from a well-marbled steak like you were designed to- nutrition is simple and you just don’t need all that other bulls*#t!!”

Cooking with Butter

What Oil Then?

It’s simple. Stick to the animal-based oils as they are far superior to plant-based. You don’t have to be worried about being poisoned by the toxic plant molecules.

Plus animal fats are a great source of bio-available nutrients and minerals.

Most recognizable are the fat-soluble vitamins like K2 as well as Vitamin A, D, and E.

Animal fat is great to cook with as you don’t have to worry as much about overheating it like plant-based oils. Plus it’s encouraged to eat more fat while on a carnivore diet as most beginners don’t consume enough.

You can make your own fat stores by rendering fat from beef or pork or you can always stock up on it from butchers or producers.

This tallow and lard is the bomb and made from livestock raised on sustainable farms:

Whatever you do stay away from seed oils and chemical oils like:

  1. Canola Oil
  2. Vegetable Oil
  3. Sesame Oil
  4. Safflower Oil
  5. Almond Oil
  6. Margarine
  7. Crisco

Those are just a few of the culprits responsible for the destruction of good health.

Closing Remarks

As you can see it’s highly advised to try to eat without those pesky plant foods which contain potentially harmful toxins that may be triggering or causing inflammation with your body.

Some people new to carnivore try to go strict for say 4 weeks and then reintroduce some of the plant oils slowly to see how their body reacts.

Maybe it’s time to toss the MCT, Olive Oil, and Coconut Oil and stick to good old fashioned unprocessed animal fat?

While on the subject did you read our article called, “21 Essential Carnivore Diet Products You Need On Your Shopping List?” We have other animal products that are on that list which can help in your carnivore diet journey!

If you need some motivation and communicate with like-minded individuals check out World Carnivore Tribe on Facebook.

If testimonials are your thing then check out MeatRX.

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. Consult with and ask your doctor about any diet or medical-related questions. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

Andy Storey

Artist, Designer, Sportsman, Athlete and Carnivore Diet Coach at MeatRX. Sharing my adventures in life, health, and wellness one post at a time.

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