medium-chain triglyceride

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medium-chain triglyceride (MCT)

a glycerine ester combined with medium-chain triglycerides distinguished from other triglycerides by having 8 to 10 carbon atoms. Once hydrolyzed, these fatty acids can be absorbed directly into the portal system. MCTs in foods are usually high in calories and easily digested.

medium-chain triglyceride

A triacylglycerol dietary substitute for long-chain triglycides (TGs), which may be administered to very-low-birth-weight infants who cannot absorb longer-chain fatty acids.
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Yet the benefits of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) on the brain have been known since the 1960s.
The School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition in Quebec, Canada, discovered that eating "a diet rich in medium-chain triglycerides results in a greater loss of fat, perhaps due to increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation".
The medium-chain triglycerides (MGT) in coconut oil burn more quickly than other fats--Most fats (olive oil, canola oil, and fats found in chicken and meat) burn slowly.
COLORADO SPRINGS -- Substituting moderate amounts of medium-chain triglycerides for other fats in a weight-loss program results in enhanced weight loss and a greater reduction in fat mass with no adverse impact on cardiovascular risk factors, according to the findings of a double-blind randomized trial.
Medium-chain triglycerides increase energy expenditure and decrease adiposity in overweight men.
The formula features a blend of three carbohydrates to replenish depleted muscle glycogen stores; a proprietary combination of three proteins enriched with glutamine, arginine and leucine; medium-chain triglycerides, which rapidly convert into energy rather than fat; and antioxidants to protect muscles from free radical damage and to regenerate the body's natural antioxidant pathways.
However, it differs from fats such as butter because it contains a lot of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).
In contrast to long-chain triglycerides, medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) contain shorter fatty acid chains (6-12 carbons) and can enter the circulation directly through the portal vein.
Supplementation with medium-chain triglycerides reduces HIV-associated intestinal dysfunction and fat malabsorption.
Members of the Cuphea (koo-FEE-ah) genus produce an oil rich in medium-chain triglycerides, such as lauric and capric acid.
Although reduced flow of bile into the intestine leads to poor digestion of dietary fat, a specific type of fat can still be well digested and therefore infant formulas containing high levels of medium-chain triglycerides -- MCT -- a re usually substituted for conventional formulas.
USDA-certified organic and 100 percent vegan, award-winning Coconut Bliss is based on naturally rich, cholesterol-free coconut milk packed with lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and agave syrup, a natural low-glycemic sweetener.

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