Researchers have known for quite some time that the secret to health and weight loss associated with coconut oil is related to the length of the fatty acid chains in the coconut oil. Coconut oil contains what are called medium chain fatty acids, or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs for short). These medium chain fatty acids are different from the common longer chain fatty acids found in other plant-based oils. Most of the vegetable oils are composed of longer chain fatty acids or triglycerides (LCTs). LCTs are typically stored in the body as fat, while MCTs are burned for energy. MCTs burn up quickly in the body.
Crude Coconut Oil can be used in soap making and in the production of Biodiesel. Once further processed by refining, the product is called RBD (Refined) Coconut Oil. From RBD Coconut Oil, this can be further processed to produce Specialty Fats.