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The Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil
RICH IN MEDIUM-CHAIN FATTY ACIDS
Oils and fats can be classified as those with short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), or long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs).
The majority of fats and oils in our diet contain long-chain fatty acids.
Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, however, it differs from butter, for example, in that it contains medium-chain fatty acids. There are, in fact, very few dietary sources of medium-chain fats, making coconut oil pretty unique.
These medium-chain fats are absorbed directly by the liver, providing instant energy, rather than being stored up. In comparison, butter contains long-chain fatty acids, which are deposited in the fat cells and burn off far more slowly than coconut oil.
It can be used as is, straight from the bottle, in foods as a smoothie ingredient or spread, in cakes or biscuits, or as a cosmetic oil. No other oil is this versatile.