How to Remove Lauric Acid From Coconut Oil


Lauric acid is the main component of lauric oils like coconut oil and palm kernel oil. Lauric acid constitutes almost 50 percent of the total oil content. It is antibacterial, anti-oxidant and an antiviral. Owing to its medical and industrial use lauric acid is removed from the parent oil before reaching market. Cooling is the best way to separate Lauric acid since the melting point of lauric acid is 44 degrees.

Things You'll Need

  • Coconut oil
  • Sucrose polyurate
  • Temperature control unit
  • Filtering aids
  • Take 500 ml of refined coconut oil in a beaker and add 5 gm of sucrose polyurate .

  • Heat and stir the oil at a temperature of 65 degrees until no solid fat content is present in the oil

  • Cool the oil slowly and reduce the temperature to 23 degrees Fahrenheit. You will get a constant solid phase at this point.

  • Filter the precipitated acid, pressed to remove oil completely and keep it for use.

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