Coconut Oil Better Alternative To Diesel Fuel
Is Coconut Oil A Better Alternative To Diesel Fuel?
Coconut Oil might be about to jump into trucks and cars, with research suggesting it may reduce the impact of vehicle emissions to lungs; making coconut oil a healthier and more viable fuel source.
Diesel has long been scrutinised as a fuel source polluting the world and human health; so it’s no surprise that more efficient alternatives are considered. What is a surprise, is that 500,000 European fatalities per year could be caused by conditions related to air pollution – and that students and professors in Queensland have suggested to replace diesel with coconut oil to reduce these numbers.
Researchers tested the theory by exposing cells that line the bronchial tubes to both pure diesel emissions and those from bio-diesel with between five and 20 per cent coconut oil in the mix. Results showed a “significantly reduced” impact from fumes with the coconut blend.
“To our knowledge, this is the first study to look at the safety and toxicity of coconut oil-blended bio-diesels in the lungs, and the results are promising,” said Professor Ian Yang, research leader at the School of Medicine, The University of Queensland and The Prince Charles Hospital.
Researchers said the use of coconut oil in bio-diesel was increasing throughout the Asia Pacific region.
“It is already known that coconut oil blends produced an effective fuel, resulting in better combustion, less pollution and more engine power,” Professor Yang said.
“Now we have further evidence demonstrating their potentially less toxic impact on lung health. This is particularly important to countries in our region, many of which are exploring ways to develop domestic markets for this product.”
If the researchers are onto something, it could be bad news for health junkies in the world if prices for oil sky-rocket further due to overwhelming demand.