Lauric acid is a medium chain saturated fatty acid commonly found in high levels in coconut oil and palm kernel oil. See: Coconut oil, virgin; Palm kernel oil

Health considerations

Lauric acid increases total cholesterol levels, primarily through increase of HDL cholesterol, commonly referred to as “good” cholesterol. Relative to palmitic acid, lauric acid improves cholesterol levels. See: Saturated fats

Keep in mind

Fatty acids are not consumed in isolation, studies of consumption of various oils or fat sources may provide differing evidence of health benefits and risks. See: Saturated fats

May be found in

Coconut oil, palm kernel oil, milk, goat’s milk


American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2 

Alternative spellings and names

Dodecanoic acid, 12:0

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