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What is VCO?
VCO or Virgin Coconut Oil is a coconut oil achieved from the processing made from fresh, mature coconut meat. It starts out fresh coconut oil and does not need further refining. VCO preserved the fresh scent and taste of coconuts.
What is the difference between VCO and other commercial coconut oils?
VCO differs from other coconut oils in the way it is processed. The majority of the coconut oils available in the market are from copra. Copra is the dried coconut meat, and basically the oil that could be pressed from it is no longer fresh. VCO simply comes from fresh coconut meat or non-copra. It does not need to undergo refining processes since it already produced an edible oil.
How does coconut oil helps HIV+ patients?
Monoglyceride of lauric acid from coconut oil has been found effective in disrupting the lipid membranes of the enveloped HIV viruses. In addition, its being an MCT (medium chain triglyceride) is good for patients as it contributes to faster surgical recovery.
What are MCFA and LCFA?
MCFA is medium chain fatty acids which can be obtained from coconut oil. These acids are easy to digest and converted to energy. They do not raise cholesterol nor increase the risk of heart disease. On the other hand, LCFA is long chain fatty acids, which are present in animal fats; it has the ability to raise cholesterol and is easily stored in the body as fats.
What is trans fatty acid (TFA)?
Trans fats are the unwanted product that results from partially hydrogenating polyunsaturated vegetable oils like soybean, cottonseed, and corn to make them functional as replacement for coconut oil. The hydrogenation process makes these liquid oils partially solidified. Coconut oil being naturally saturated therefore becomes an advantage as it no longer needs to be hydrogenated.
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