80% of Ragay’s vast track of land is devoted to coco land. It is not surprising then that this humble town manufactures local products made of coconuts such as the Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and Coco-sap Sugar.
According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, these by-products provide a lot of health benefits to individuals.
a. The Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is extracted from coconut without the application of heat
thus, preserving its natural richness. It is high in vitamin content, antioxidants, minerals, medium-chain fatty acids, taste, fragrance, and even the amount of protein. Aside from its medicinal benefits, its raw materials have cosmetic applications found in the beauty soap.
b. Coco-sap Sugar offers some trace nutrients and may have less of a dramatic impact on the blood sugar and contains more vitamins and minerals than the other types of sweeteners.