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Nearly 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is of a type rarely found in nature called lauric acid, a "miracle" compound because of its unique health promoting properties.
They are known as lauric oils because they contain lauric acid as the major fatty acid.
The saturated fat in dairy products (called lauric acid) elevates LDL blood cholesterol, whereas that in meat and chocolate (called stearic acid) does not.
American scientists found that a component of mother's milk, called lauric acid, which also is found in coconut oil, had acne-fighting qualities.
Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.
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