FDA on Coconut Oil: Generally Regarded As Safe


Round and round we go, where we stop no body knows!  Coconut oil has for so long unfairly gotten a bad rap.  Current studies on coconut oil have shown that the main ingredient, lauric acid, has antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties.  All good stuff!  Then there are those that still think coconut is part of the tree nut family.  It’s not!  (Read about tree nuts here.)  Allergic reactions to coconuts are an extremely rare condition.  Let’s stress that again, extremely rare!  Peanut allergies are commonplace today, but coconut allergies are not.  In fact, coconut oil is safe enough that the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has included it in its exclusive Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) list. Only foods that have been tested and deemed safe can earn a spot on the GRAS list.  The conclusion that the FDA has reached on coconut oil is that:

“There is no evidence in the available information on [substance] that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public when they are used at levels that are now current or might reasonably be expected in the future.”

Here at Kelapo, we recognize the beneficial properties of cooking and baking with coconut oil.  We know that many of you have already discovered the benefits for yourselves as well.  We’d love to hear your stories about how using coconut oil has helped changed your life for the better!  Leave us a comment or drop us a line at info@kelapo.com. 

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