In Kerala, Coconut Oil is the most commonly used cooking oil mainly because of the abundant presence of coconut palm trees in that region. The coconut oil extracted from roasted dried coconut or kopra as its commonly known in Kerala, has a very unique flavor and taste. Coconut oil is very different from most cooking oils due to the unique composition of fatty acids in it. The fatty acids are about 90% saturated. But coconut oil is perhaps most unique for its high content of the saturated fat lauric acid, which makes up around 40% of its total fat content. This makes coconut oil highly resistant to oxidation at high heat. For this reason, it is very suitable for high-heat cooking methods like frying. You can find more benefits of using Coconut Oil for cooking here.
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