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Coconut Products: More Clinical Studies Needed To Support Claims of Health Benefits

Reports and claims that coconuts has tremendous health benefits paved the way for the creation of various products made from coconut extracts such as virgin coconut oil (VC0), coconut sugar and others. There are clinical studies and researches that have been done to support the claim and for consumers to believe that the products are indeed beneficial.


However, according to the Administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Oscar G. Garin, what have been done so far is simply not enough. More research is needed if coconut products aim to be accepted as a credible health product in the global market.


The PCA Administrator is confident that once sufficient research has been done, the coconut industry will be a big help in boosting the Philippine economy.


Garin said, “These nontraditional and newly emerging products possess the huge promise of boosting the country’s income from coconuts. The key is to conduct the studies and researches needed and in this we need the support of all stakeholders.”


The PCA Administrator is confident that once sufficient research is available, the coconut industry will be a big help in boosting the Philippine economy. He also mentioned a product that has great potential of gaining worldwide recognition:


One is coconut sugar which is a healthier alternative to cane sugar and is safe for people with diabetes. Garin said, “We have already undertaken a clinical study on coconut sugar where we obtained a very encouraging result.”


A research done by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and initiated by the PCA showed that coco sugar has a low glycemic index of 35 and is beneficial for diabetics.


Of this Grain said, “This study proved to be a good launching vehicle for coco sugar and brought about a surging demand for the product abroad.”


Garin said that the success and popularity that coconut sugar now reaps because of the positive result of the research inspires him to initate other studies to be done on other coconut products such as VCO, coco sap and galactomannan. He said that the projects he intends to do serve as his legacy to the development of the country’s coconut industry.



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