Fatty Acids TMC
Coconut oil is well known since a long time in some tropical regions for its delicate taste and heat resistance. It was the staple food for many populations.
Note that the origin of coconut oil is different from others oils we commonly use. It is not taken from an oleaginous fruit like the nut or the olive, but from a drupe, a stone fruit like the mango. It occurs, at normal temperature, in the solid state.
We now know that saturated fatty acids have different actions in the body depending on the length of their carbon chain. Only long-chain fatty acids are not recommended in large quantities by the ANSES (National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety). On the contrary, short and medium chain saturated fatty acids seem to have protective effects on health.
Saturated fatty acids should not all be excluded from food because they play an important role, especially in cell membranes and the brain. The best choice is probably through medium-chain fatty acids, like coconut oil, of which we are constantly discovering interesting properties.