Written by Josh Dodes
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Monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial agent that is produced by the metabolism of lauric acid, is one of several key byproducts of coconut oil. Its production is one of several convincing reasons to substitute coconut oil for less healthy hydrogenated oils. Fortunately, doing so today is easier than it has ever been.

Thanks to a handful of top manufacturers, the healthiest variant of coconut oil -- richest in lauric acid -- can now be found at reasonable prices, from the comfort of your own home. This is good news for health-conscious consumers who are not anxious to substantially change their diets. Simply by substituting coconut oil for hydrogenated oil when you cook, you can reap the benefits of monolaurin while simultaneously helping to prevent heart disease and cancer.

Monolaurin Promotes Health

The antiviral benefits of lauric acid and its byproducts are so substantial that coconut oil is often added to infant formula as a result. In addition, studies have shown that lauric acid can significantly reduce the viral load of patients with HIV. And all of this from an oil that is rich in nutrients and cholesterol neutral.

These recent findings only enhance the already impressive nutritional reputation of coconut oil. If you know where to look, you can make a simple dietary change today which promotes health for tomorrow and every day after. With the well-being of yourself and your family at stake, there's no reason to settle for anything less.

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