Medium chain triglycerides is a saturated fatty acid. The chemical structure derives its name.
It is basically a fatty acid and it is made up of a chain of connected carbon and hydrogen. The fatty acids are classified into three chains:-
(1) Short Chain
(2) Medium Chain
(3) Long Chain
MCT contain 6-12 connected carbon. The greatest source of MCT is coconut oil.
MCT can also be found in butter, cheeses, palm oil, whole milk. It has been found that 60-65 % of the fatty acids in the coconut oil are MCTs.
With advancement now concentrated MCT oil have also become popular.
It is a myth that all saturated fatty acids are bad for health.
Through research, it has been found that this is not the case.
All saturated fatty acids are not harmful to health. MCTs are easier to digest than the LCTs (Long chain triglycerides).
And then they directly send it to the liver. With the help of a thermogenic effect and alteration in the metabolism, it can be easily digested.
Due to this, it can be said that instead of storing as a fat our body burns it and releases energy.
The length of the carbon chain is small as compared to the LCT and that makes it easier for the breakdown and allows proper digestion.
Due to small size, they can permeate the cell membranes. The special enzymes are not required.
MCT can provide certain benefits to the health. MCT oil can also act as an antioxidant and can lead to inflammatory benefits. The benefits that MCT can provide as follows:-
(1) Improved cognitive function
(2) Better weight management
(3) Obesity Prevention
(4) Brain Health
(5) More energy
(6) Better digestion
(7) Balance hormone levels
(8) Fight bacterial infections and viruses
With the above-mentioned advantages, it is very clear that MCTs are very beneficial for the health.