The coconut milk carton states that it contains MCFAs, 65% of which are not stored in the body but used as energy and it has 0 trans fats, 0 cholesterol and 6 grams of sugar, which is less than most regular milks. MCFAs are medium chain saturated fatty acids which are absorbed directly from the intestines and sent straight to the liver for quick energy (from Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, Inc.).
Mainly used in Thai cooking, 50% of the fatty acid found in natural coconut oil is lauric acid, which has an adverse effect on bacteria, yeast fungi and envelopes viruses destroying the lipid membrane of HIV, measles, herpes simplex, influenza and cytomegalovirus (CMV) and is a main component of human breast milk.
This is all applicable if the oil is not hydrogenated.
According to http://www.organicfacts.net/, "the human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin" which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria that cause the above conditions. In addition, the web page claims lauric acid "helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes, helicobacter pylori and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia."
I would never presume to give out medical advice but if any of the above is even remotely true, it appears as though this is yet another powerful food which can aid in the cure of many diseases that plague humanity. I am particularly happy to read that it can kill viruses that cause SARS and other influenzas. Hopefully, someone out there is continuing studies on these possiblities.
Don't All of These Folks Look Really Healthy?
If any of you are interested in using coconut products, please check them out for yourselves and let me know how they work. I predict big things for this product if any of it is true!
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