Spec­i­fi­ca­tions as per Food Safety and Stan­dards (Food Prod­ucts Stan­dards and Ad­di­tives) Reg­u­la­tions, 2011

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Co­conut oil (nariyal ka tel) means the oil ex­pressed from co­pra ob­tained from the ker­nel of Co­cos mu­cifera nuts. It shall be clear and free from ran­cid­ity, suspended or other for­eign mat­ter, sep­a­rated wa­ter, added colour­ing or flavour­ing sub­stances, or min­eral oil. It shall con­form to the fol­low­ing stan­dards: ob­tained by sol­vent ex­trac­tion or oth­er­wise, it shall be sup­plied for hu­man con­sump­tion only af­ter re­fin­ing and shall con­form to the stan­dards laid down un­der Reg­u­la­tion 2.2.1 (16). The oil so re­fined shall not con­tain ‘hex­ane’ more than 5.00 parts per mil­lion (ppm).

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While co­conut oil cer­tainly does not de­serve its bad rep­u­ta­tion, it also does not de­serve to be called a health food. You are bet­ter off not as­sum­ing that it will keep you healthy and slim or that it can treat or pre­vent chronic dis­eases. It is fine to cook with it if you like it, es­pe­cially as a re­place­ment for but­ter or ghee. How­ever, olive, rice bran, canola and other non-trop­i­cal oils are bet­ter for regular use. It is also okay to buy foods that con­tain co­conut oil, but do not think that those make them es­pe­cially healthy choices. Many are high-calo­rie snack foods like choco­lates and candies.

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