Virgin coconut oil health benefits cited

Posted on April 10, 2013

THE GOVERNMENT is pushing for the removal of the phrase “no approved therapeutic claims” in virgin coconut oil product labels after a study proved the oil increases good cholesterol.

“The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has requested the Bureau of Agricultural and Fishery Products Standards (BAFPS) to allow producers of virgin coconut oil (VCO) to remove the phrase ‘no therapeutic claims’ from the PCA certified VCO products,” said the Agriculture department in a statement.

The department pointed out that “results of the study commissioned by PCA... showed that VCO is safe for human consumption” and “VCO intake significantly increases the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL or good cholesterol), thus balancing the cholesterol level.”

The study was undertaken by Christina A. Binag, director of the Research Cluster for Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Santo Tomas. She headed the four month-long research.

PCA Administrator Euclides G. Fobres said in the statement that “producers can put in their VCO product labels the phrase “increases good cholesterol” once the necessary changes in the Philippine National Standards of VCO are made and after the Bureau of Product Standards and the Food and Drug Administration approves these.”

“This will help boost and promote the local and export market for VCO,” Mr. Fobres added.