The Truth about the Healthiest Oil on Earth – the Coconut Oil

The coconut oil is gold! It is said to be the healthiest oil on earth and it fixes everything! Rub it on your hair and/or skin to make these healthy, use it to cook the food you and your family eat and take comfort that it can help address problems related to dietary diseases, maintain cholesterol level and even provides relief from kidney problems!

I learned most of that because San Pablo Manufacturing – the makers of Minola Premium Cooking Oil, the cooking oil I grew up to see as a staple in our kitchen, held a very relevant to the times “Coconut Oil Forum” last week.

Dr. Fabian Dayrit, forum speaker

Dr. Fabian Dayrit, forum speaker

The forum had as its speaker, Dr. Fabian Dayrit, chemist, Ateneo de Manila College Chemistry professor, acting president of the National Academy of Science and Technology and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Health, Asia and Pacific Coconut Community. Dr. Dayrit’s main interest revolves around coconut research and development, that is why it is pretty interesting having to sit among the bloggers in the forum and listen to him expertly talk about the coconut oil’s history, it’s special properties and lauric oil as it’s special component, the truth about saturated  fat and heart disease and even the scientific evidence with regards to the benefits of coconut oil.

There have been misconceptions about coconut oil but a look in the past shows that coconut oil is consumed all over the world and has a long history of healthy use. One advantage that is worth noting is its ability to fight viruses and bacteria. This can be attributed to coconut oil’s special component known as the Lauric Acid.

Lauric Acid or oil is a medium-chain fatty acid which can be found in mother’s milk. Pure coconut oil contains about 50% lauric acid. When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound which exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them.

Pretty technical huh? In simple terms, really, the benefits of coconut oil with lauric is good and safe enough for anyone who will use it to cook food.  It is said to be the most readily digested of all the fats of general use in the world.

In the Philippines, it is great that we have the brand MINOLA, a premium coconut cooking oil that has lauric and thus packs the benefits that the best oil in the world has. I am just too happy to note that our family have not been mistaken for being loyal to the brand ever since. Not only is it healthy to use, it is affordable too! 


It was truly an afternoon well-spent at the Coconut Oil Forum By MINOLA. Thank you San Pablo Manufacturing/Minola for initiating this forum and for setting the truth regarding coconut oil “free”! The path to health need not be too complicated and expensive after all! Have coconut oil in your household and cook using the country’s premier coconut cooking oil brand, Minola.


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