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medium-chain triglycerides

Triglycerides with 8 to 10 carbon atoms. They are absorbed differently from long chain fatty acids (i.e., via the portal vein through the liver rather than as chylomicrons transported via the lymphatics) and therefore, have been used to treat malabsorption.
See also: triglyceride

medium-chain triglycerides,

n.pl fats consisting of eight to ten atoms of carbon that are not broken into smaller units; they then get transferred through the lymphatic system (as are long-chain triglycerides) but are transported intact to the liver and metabolized without first being stored in fatty tissue. This ease in metabolism helps those with fat absorption problems and may also be of use in weight loss. There are no known precautions.
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The rapid oxidation of medium-chain triglycerides in the liver means that only small portions are converted to complex lipids, which have the potential to travel through the circulation and be deposited into adipose tissue stores, she said.
MCT oil is specially formulated--often from coconut oil extracts--to consist of 100 percent medium-chain triglycerides.
Since coconut oil contains only about half as much medium-chain triglycerides as MCT oil, would coconut oil have just half of that "modest" impact on weight?
Then she remembered reading on the Internet that a company claimed promising results from giving medium-chain triglycerides made from coconut oil to Alzheimer's patients.
But the fats in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), not long-chain fats.
Coconut oil contains high levels of medium-chain triglycerides -- the good kind of fats that don't clog arteries or cause heart disease, says Heimlich in her June Health & Healing article, "Popcorn: Friend or Foe?
USDA-certified organic and 100 percent vegan, 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.
thinOil(TM), a new cooking oil made from medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), provides fuel for energy, and the buttery-flavored thinOil(TM) can be substituted for that buttery topping used by the movie theaters.

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