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Medium-chain triglycerides, or MCT, are triglycerides with a fatty acid chain length of six to 10 carbon atoms, according to a 2010 study in the "International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition." These fatty acids differ from long-chain triglycerides because of their solubility in water, which leads them to be absorbed at a faster rate. These triglycerides are less susceptible to being stored into adipose tissue stores. They are primarily researched for benefits in relation to health and exercise. There are several sources of these triglycerides.
Coconut oil is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. A report in Medical News Today states that coconut oil is not stored in the fat and also may boost metabolism. The researchers inform that unlike long-chain triglycerides, this source of triglycerides may therefore promote weight loss and prevent obesity.
Olive oil may also have a beneficial effect in helping you lose weight and fat, according to Medical News Today. Olive oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, and like coconut oil, is not readily absorbed or stored in the adipose tissue of your body. As a result, it does not contribute to fat gain. Using olive oil in place of oils made with longer-chain triglycerides, such as corn oil, may help protect you from obesity.
Patients with cancer may not be able to digest fat in their diet. As a result, alternative sources of healthy fat are required. Since medium-chain triglycerides are soluble in water and more readily absorbed by the body than longer-chain molecules, these are beneficial for patients with cancer. Today they can be found in supplemental form, according to NYU Langone Medical Center.
- International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition: Medium-Chain Triglycerides Are Advantageous In Promoting Weight Loss Although Not Beneficial To Exercise Performance
- Center for Science in the Public Interest: Coconut Oil
- Medical News Today: Blend of Cooking Oils Fights Fat
- New York University Langone Medical Center: Medium-Chain Triglycerides
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