Medium Chain Triglycerides. Last Changed: 10/8/2018
Medium Chain Triglycerides, or MCTs, are a form of saturated fatty acid. ˝Triglycerides˝ are fats in the bloodstream that get stored in your cells as energy. The chain designation refers to the length of the molecules that make up the acid. Most fatty acids we eat are Long-Chain Triglycerides, or LCTs, which are more difficult to digest, and are stored instead, causing weight gain. MCTs are easier to digest and can be burned off quickly. They are transferred directly to the liver where they positively affect metabolism. They can be found in palm and coconut oil, butter, cheeses, whole milk and full-fat yogurt. MCT Oil has a more concentrated content of MCT’s. It is made from an extraction of organic coconut oil, and further refined to isolate the MCTs. In addition to using it as a cooking oil (at sub-320º temperatures, similar to coconut oil, due to smoke point), some good ways to incorporate MCT oil in your diet include: adding 1-2 teaspoons to a smoothie or a warm drink like tea or coffee, or using it to make your own dressings or condiments.