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Lauric Acid And Coconut Oil:

Lauric Acid And Coconut OilOne of major components that we’ve switched out in our household is what we cook with – After researching several alternatives there was one that kept popping up, coconut and coconut oil and here’s why.

Lauric acid is representative of a class of biological molecules called fatty acids.  It is a white or colorless organic solid with needle-like crystals.  Coconut and palm kernel are the major sources of lauric acid.  It exhibits strong antimicrobial activity and thus is used by pharmaceutical companies that prepare antimicrobial drugs.  Lauric acid tends to irritate the mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract.  Consult your physician to determine if lauric acid-based medications are safe for you.

Lauric Acid And Cooking:

Both palm oils and coconut oil, excellent sources of lauric acid, are acceptable for use in cooking.  The first type is widely used in commercial food production, because it is relatively inexpensive.  The second is prized for its sweet flavor and is often preferred for making particular types of seafood.  The use of these options varies by region.  In the United States and much of North America, for example, people rely more on vegetable oil, but many tropical countries still predominantly use coconut and palm versions.
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