Welcome to the International Coconut Oil Conference 2023
The outlook for the coconut economy is exceedingly positive, as global demand for coconut -based products including coconut oil continues to increase over the next few years. All parts of coconut are beneficial which has led to the recognition of the coconut as the tree life and energy. Coconut oil exhibits numerous biological properties, which have been validated in both in vitro and in vivo preclinical and clinical studies. One of the most common warnings in dietary guidelines worldwide is to avoid saturated fat. However, there is no clear definition of what a saturated fat is. The current description of “saturated fat” does not distinguish between fats and oils, which are mainly triglycerides of fatty acids, and whole food items, which contain proteins and minerals and much lower amounts of triglycerides. Secondly, the current classification of saturated fat ignores the difference in the cholesterol content of vegetable oils and animal fats. The first definition of saturated fat was based on iodine values which does not give fatty acid composition. This classification is still used today by various dietary guidelines. The use of solid fat as a defining property of saturated fat is based on the melting of a fat at room temperature. This is not scientifically precise. These challenges could reduce the opportunities of local and global community to fully benefit from the market opportunities.
Despite the utility and widespread use of coconut, the industry must overcome several obstacles to profitability including but are not limited to low coconut production and fragility in coconut-product supply-chains. The first ISCC theme focused on food products will be followed by other invaluable themes of energy-based and non-food based products in the following years. This conference is a vital initiative and the utmost importance platform for knowledge and technology sharing as bases for the formulation of strategies and policies to achieve a sustainable and resilient coconut sector.
Theme: Rethinking Saturated Fat, Boosting Coconut Oil-Linked Health
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