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What are MCT's (Medium-chain Triglycerides)?

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MTC’s (Medium-chain triglycerides) are medium-chain fatty acids.

They are important because they can be absorbed from the digestive system without requiring any chemical changes (as do the more complex fatty acids). Some studies have shown that MCTs can help in the process of excess calorie burning, and thus weight loss. They  may also promote fat oxidation and reduce food intake.

Coconut oil is good source of MCTs and is made up of about 66% of these.

References:

1) MCT’s – Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium-chain_triglycerides

2) The application of medium-chain fatty acids: edible oil with a suppressing effect on body fat accumulation.  “Long-term clinical trials have demonstrated that MLCT and MCT result in less body fat accumulation in humans. MLCT oil has been approved as FOSHU (Food for Specified Health Use) for use as cooking oil with a suppressing effect on body fat accumulation.”  -http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18296368

3) Recipe - Bulletproof Coffee - http://www.decarbdiet.com/Recipes/tabid/101/entryid/6/bulletproof-coffee.aspx

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