Coconut oil is an edible oil, that is extracted from the meat or kernel of coconuts, which is primarily used in cooking. For many parts of the world and including places such as the Philippines, it is the most commonly used cooking oil.&
The oil, comprising of up to 95% saturated fat is said to have many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial and may aid in weight loss. Unlike other highly saturated and unsaturated fats, virgin coconut oil is made up of 70-85% medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) – which are sometimes also referred to as medium chain triglycerides (MCT).
The saturated fat content in coconut oil makes it a good heat-stable oil for cooking and prolongs its shelf life. Coconut oil is a very versatile oil and is also known to be used as engine fuel, an engine lubricant, skin moisturiser, soap, herbicide and as sand fly repellent!