Black Soldier Fly larvae contain 35-40% (on a dry-matter basis) of lipids/ oils. The fatty acid profile is strikingly similar to coconut oil or palm kernel oil, two valuable commodities: it contains an abundance (50% or more) of lauric acid.
Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid, mainly found in coconuts, palm kernel, and mothers' milk (around 6% of the fat). Lauric acid supports healthy metabolism and is now being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and antibacterial health-protecting properties.
Lauric acid has a white powder appearance when it has been isolated and processed. The antimicrobial properties of lauric acid, and its high presence in BSFL have a benefit to animals which are fed on the insect meal.