lauric acid

The Difference Between Medium- and Long- Chain Fatty Acids

There’s been some Twitter chatter lately about the lauric acid in coconut oil being a long-chain fatty acid. If you understand why we have an issue with this – we’re impressed with your coconut oil knowledge- if not, read on. Our biggest issue is, calling lauric acid a long-chain fatty acid or triglyceride (LCT). What makes lauric acid a uniquely composed saturated fat  is that lauric acid is actually a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) and acts completely different in your body. The New York University Langone Medical Centersays MCTs, like lauric acid, are used as an energy source similar to a carbohydrate. “Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are […]

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Coconut Oil Baby Formula

Babies and breastfeeding seemed to take over the news this week! World Breastfeeding Week kicked off August 1 and runs until the 7; this week celebrates mothers across the globe. Then a new study was released that found breast feeding may actually increase a baby’s IQ. While I don’t have any children of my own, yet, I’ve been surrounded by babies my whole life. Many of the mothers I know want to breast feed because of all the benefits – like the lauric acid which helps build the baby’s immune system. But sometimes, because of work or the baby not […]


Ask a Physician: Is Coconut Oil Healthy?

I love when I learn something new – especially when it dispels something I’ve always held as the truth. That’s what caught my eye about a recent blog entry written by K.H. Sheikh, MD, MBA. As a practicing physician, he held the strong belief coconut oil wasn’t good for the heart. But it wasn’t until a debate with his own daughter, who is a fitness and health expert, that Dr. Sheikh did his own research and started to change his professional opinion. “Coconut oil is indeed more than 90% saturated fat, containing about 12 grams per tablespoon. Compare this to […]

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