Coconut oil was viewed with contempt during the last few decades because of its alleged role in CVD and other saturated fat related disorders. Vested interests promoting soybean oil, rapeseed oil, corn oil, rice bran oil and others of western origin built this myth, probably to subdue the economies of countries like India, Sri Lanka and Philippines where major production of coconut oil takes place. During the last few years diligent efforts by food scientists have unraveled the extra ordinary health attributes of coco nut oil consumed for centuries in Asia. Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is a much sought after plant triglyceride and thanks to a few leading processors safe and high quality oils are available internationally at competitive prices.
"VCO is rich in medium chain fatty acids, particularly Lauric Acid. Lauric acid is the same fatty acid found in mother's milk that provides immunity to babies. Among the benefits of VCO Virgin Coconut oil are it promotes weight-loss by increasing metabolism, boosts the immune system, it has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and it has good moisturizing properties as well. Using virgin coconut oil can help you with thyroid problem, make your skin glow, reduce weight and reduces cholesterol. With all the health, nutritional, and beauty benefits that you get from Virgin coconut oil, there is no doubt why this has been hailed as the miracle oil. It is said to prevent and cure many sicknesses that are almost impossible to heal. Being a healthy oil, it could help decrease viral load of HIV patients, could improve insulin production and thyroid function, it could reduce the risk of diabetes complications, and could even fight heart disease which is the leading cause of death. Virgin coconut oil improves the performance of the digestive system that can make a person lose weight. In addition, VCO may also solve skin problems like acne, pimples, black heads, eczema, psoriasis, or as simple as dry skin".
Thanks to the stupendous efforts by the Coconut Board under the Ministry of Agriculture, GOI, coconut cultivation is expanding steadily and most of the diseases affecting the productivity are under control. If even a fraction of what is claimed is true, there is every justification for intensifying the R & D efforts further on coconut oil through sustained inputs of critical resources. There may be even a case for setting up an exclusive multi disciplinary research organization under the Board to take this onerous responsibility.