Here at Spring Chicken we are big fans of Coconut Oil, so much so we have launched our very own. But why the excitement? We believe, as do many nutritionists, professional sports men and women, personal trainers, foodies and even vegans that this 100 % natural product is a delicious healthy alternative to oils, butter and spreads. It's very versatile and can be used for spreading, sautéing, frying and baking and is also a delicious raw ingredient. It is a rich source of MCFA (medium chain fatty acids) which are rapidly metabolised into energy in the liver, rather than being stored as fat. MCFA's are thought to boost metabolism, helping the body to burn fat. Coconut oil also contain lauric acid, which is converted within the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin that has powerful disease fighting antiviral and antibacterial properties that may also help the body ward off viruses, colds, 'flu, and cold sores. There is growing anecdotal evidence that coconut oil can help with memory loss and cognitive function and research is underway in the US currently to explore this. Coconut oil is a saturated fat and therefore should be, as with all foods, used in moderation.