Lauric acid is a major component of coconut oil. In fact, it is about 50% lauric acid and is the world's richest dietary source of this saturated fat.
Lauric acid has been linked to many health benefits. It may kill harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi, while also protecting against various infections.
Most fractionated coconut oils do not contain any lauric acid, or it's only present in very small amounts.
Because it doesn't contain lauric acid, fractionated coconut oil may not have all of the same health benefits as regular coconut oil.