Lauric Acid Natural Sources

Lauric acid is a type of fatty acid which is found only in some natural sources. It is well known for some distinctive features like the medicinal value and high melting point. At room temperature environment it is a type of solid compound with a very low melting point which enable it to be widely used in food industry. Regarding the health benefits, in human body it can be converted into a type of special chemical which have virus-resistant, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Some scientific studies also find that it is very helpful for AIDS treatment. The following natural substances contain a great amount of lauric acid, and you can pay more attention to them if necessary.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the natural foods which contain the highest amount of lauric acid. Among this type of vegetable oil about 48% of saturated fatty acids are lauric acid. Coconut oil is mainly obtained from coconut extract which is a common part in tropical plants.

Palm Nut Oil
Palm nut oil contains nearly the same amount of lauric acid as the coconut oil but more unsaturated fatty acids, So it is mostly used in cooking dishes in kitchens. This type of oil comes from the nut of palm fruits, and thus has a different chemical composition with the palm oil. Malaysia and Indonesia are two countries having the highest palm nut oil production which account for 80 percent of total export in the world. This type of lauric acid is often used in the production of margarine, pastry cream and non-dairy creamer.

Cinnamon Oil
The lauric acid contents in cinnamon oil is very high which accounts for about 80-90 percent of total fat. Cinnamon oil is usually used as a seasoning additive for apple sauce, pastry and baking industry. Due to the fact that it will cause some allergic reaction for some people, only a small amount will be used.

Milk and goat’s milk is another natural source of lauric acid. Goat’s milk usually provided twice the amount of lauric acid than common milk.

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