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Fractionated Coconut Oil

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Fractionated coconut oil is a fraction of coconut oil. We know that coconut oil is good for health and there are a few other things we know very well about coconut oil. It is predominantly composed of saturated fatty acids, and it is rich in medium-chain fatty acids. Being rich in saturated fatty acids, it is highly stable, but human nature is such that it is never satisfied or contended. It is always looking for more.

Therefore, we started looking for a more stable form of oil which would be more beneficial for health as well, in addition to having a very long shelf life and all the qualities of coconut oil. The outcome was this – “Fractionated Coconut Oil”.

What is Fractionated Coconut Oil?

As the name implies, Fractionated coconut oil is a fraction of the coconut oil from which almost all the long chain triglycerides are removed, thus leaving mainly the medium-chain triglycerides and making it an absolutely saturated oil. This saturation gives it a very, very long shelf life and greatly increased stability.

In addition, fractionating raises the comparative concentration of Capric acid and Caprylic acid, thus giving it more of antioxidant and disinfecting effect.

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Preparation of Fractionated Coconut Oil

For this, hydrolysis of coconut oil is first carried out. Then, the product is passed through steam distillation to obtain the fractionated coconut oil. The result is a thin oil full of medium-chain triglycerides.

Composition of Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil is predominantly composed of Capric and Caprylic acids.

Uses of Fractionated Coconut Oil

Being thin and stable, it has plenty of uses which can be broadly categorized in the following applications.

Cosmetics

It is widely used in the preparation of soaps, lotions, ointments and other cosmetics.

Aromatherapy

It is used as a carrier oil, since it facilitates the absorption of other oils and herbal extracts.

Medicines

It is used due to its antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

Hair Care

It is also used in a number of hair care applications.

Culinary Usage

It is used in cooking, as it does not go rancid easily and is very stable.

Cost

Obviously, since it involves a lot more processing (such as hydrolysis and steam distillation) that ordinary coconut oil, it is going to be slightly more expensive. However, the additional cost does have its own benefits and justifications. Keeping in mind it’s extremely long shelf life, stability, and rancidity-resistant properties, it is well worth the price you pay.

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  1. Ann Toll says:

    I was given Fractionated coconut oil as a gift. I was told that it is the greatest thing for softening summer sandal feet. Turns out It is the greatest massage oil EVER!!! No sticky or oily residue and feels like silk. Total thumbs up!

  2. Anonymous says:

    could of gone into more details for example effects on hair, skin, but good start.

  3. Grace Ojuka says:

    I don't like the idea and science behind it. People tend to run for anything new that's presented to them. I will stick with the virgin type.

  4. This is what Hydrolysis is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrolysis It creates a new structure. Steam distillation includes heat around 160 degrees and higher (Celsius). It does not enjoy the same structure as virgin oil, even if it was "cold pressed" before being fractionated.

  5. Andrea Unsworth says:

    Hmmm…good starting artical. More science needed…I will keep researching, thanx :)

  6. Isa Tamer says:

    Hallo !!
    yazin lütfen

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