Which Foods Contain Lauric Acid

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There are plenty of naturally occuring foods containing Lauric acidslauric acids. Lauric acid is a kind of fatty acid which is composed of medium-length glycerides. It is a white, powdery solid with a faint odor of bay oil or soap. The lauric acid is basically used for preserving processed food and as such it prevents the spoilage or oxidation.




Lauric acid has a long shelf-life and is non-toxic and very easy to handle. It is normally solid at room temperature but easily melts in boiling water. It is antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and frequently occurs in traditional medicinal remedies for Benign prostatic hyperplasia.


In this small piece of writing, i have described few essential food items which contains lauric acid. Here are the list of such foods:

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is the most plentiful source of lauric acid. Around 50% of the oil's saturated fat content is lauric acid. You can get the coconut milk from the coconut fruit or from variety of grocery products like coconut macaroons or coconut candy bars.

Palm Kernel Oil: Palm kernel oil is also very rich in lauric acid content like that of coconut oil, but is more unsaturated than coconut oil.  Palm kernel oil is an edible plant oil which comes from the kernel of the oil palm. It is a common cooking ingredient and can be used in the commercial food industry. This source of lauric acid is often used in margarine, cake icings, pastry creams or biscuit dough.

Cinnamon Oil:  Cinnamon oil is a very aromatic oil which has been in use for thousands of years. The oil contains very good amount of lauric acid, contributing about 80-90% of its fat composition. Cinnamon oil has plenty of health benefits. It helps in removing the blood impurities and also aids in the circulation of blood due to the presence of blood thinning compound in it.


There are many milks such as cow's milk and goat's milk which contains lauric acid. Breast milk is the most natural source which contains high concentration of lauric acid.


When we consume foods which contains high percentage of lauric acids, its Lauric Acid transforms into a substance called Monolaurin which can strenghten the immune system and fight many diseases and viruses.


Eat healthy and remain fit!!


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