According to Healthy Ways Newsletter (Vol. 8, No. 4, www.piccadillybooks.com), “some of the nutritional and therapeutic benefits of coconut oil come from the saturated fats in the oil, such as its resistance to oxidation, its long shelf life, and its superior cooking properties. Some benefits come from medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), such as the antimicrobial effects, and some from the unique mode of digestion and nutrient delivery. However, most of the medicinal benefits undoubtedly come from the ketones produced from the MCTs. The protective effects on the heart, brain, kidneys, colon, pancreas, and other organs; the metabolic boosting and energizing effects; and the anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, and anti-Alzheimer’s effects come principally from ketones.
“A search on PubMed for ketones, as they relate to MCTs and diet, you will find about 25,000 studies. Combining these studies with the 10,000 on coconut oil and MCTs, we have a total of over 35,000 studies describing the effects of coconut oil on health. There is far more evidence demonstrating the safety and efficiency of coconut oil than for most FDA-approved drugs.
“It is only ignorant researchers who state there is little or no evidence demonstrating the safety and value of coconut oil. Coconut oil has been used successfully in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and in western medicine for at least 60 years, with no adverse effects. It’s been granted GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status by the FDA.”