Coconut Oil for Better Health

BY Rebecca White-MartinCoconut Oil

Unrefined virgin coconut oil is now available in many health food stores. I always try to purchase coconut oil that is not chemically treated and is trans-fat free. The main saturated fat in virgin coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that can help increase levels of HDL (good cholesterol).
Lauric acid, as a component of triglycerides, comprises about half of the fatty acid content in coconut oil, laurel oil, and palm kernel oil (not to be confused with palm oil). Otherwise, it is relatively uncommon. It is also found in human breast milk (6.2% of total fat), cow’s milk, and goat’s milk.

Based on the above findings, it would make sense to use coconut oil in meal preparations instead of canola oil.

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