Whether fractionated coconut oil is healthy or not has been a controversy ever since people get to know more about how it is made and what exactly it is. Manufacturers used to create fractionated coconut oil out of the byproducts for manufacturing of soaps, cosmetics and health supplements.
Because it is a product made of byproducts – caprylic and capric acids that are left behind in the making of soaps, cosmetics and health supplements, some nutrition experts or health enthusiasts do not recognize fractionated coconut oil as healthy. They only recognize natural coconut oil as a healthy food since it is naturally processed and retains everything a coconut oil should possess.
From my perspective, it is true that fractionated coconut oil is synthetically made and it does go through a very complex industrial process that involves high temperature.
But when you take a closer look at its content – caprylic acid and capric acid, it is these two compounds that make it popular in the athletic circle because caprylic and capric acids convert to energy without the need for insulin and so they get absorbed by cells quickly and boost cellular activity and metabolism.
In other words, caprylic and capric acids are very good energy sources and metabolism boosters for our body.
Smart athletes drink fractionated coconut oil (in the name of MCT oil) to help reduce body fat and step up their exercise performance. In view of this, would you still say fractionated coconut oil is not healthy?