#318--Lauric acid is the predominate fatty acid found in coconuts. A medium-chain triglyceride, its antimicrobial and antifungal properties have been known for years. More recently, it has been used in the treatment of AIDS. Specifically, it is converted in the body into monolaurin which acts on lipid-coated viruses (like HIV, herpes, and others) and destroys them. While most experts recommend 20-25 grams/day, there is no current RDA for this nutrient. Then again, how could there be? The best sources are breast milk and coconuts. The former you can't sell in stores, and the latter is too high in saturated fat--evil in the eyes of the USDA. Of course, in light of the health of most Americans, that vision is somewhat suspect.