A study conducted among malnourished preschool children in the Philippines has shown coconut oil to be superior to soybean oil as a supplement. A group of children whose diet included coconut oil gained weight faster with improved nutritional levels. The group which had soya bean oil for supplement lagged behind in weight gain and nutrition level.
Taken with a well-prepared diet, coconut oil acts like a multivitamin and mineral supplement.
Becoming aware of the nutritional content of diet is a must for pregnant and lactating mothers. Eliminating junk foods, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, taking a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement, and taking coconut oil daily are vital steps towards a healthy diet hence reducing malnutrition.