Medium Chain Triglycerides - Glossary

Medium Chain Triglycerides

Abbreviated MCTs.  Medium chain triglycerides contain shorter chain fatty acids than conventional fats do: generally, the fatty acids are 6 – 12 carbons in length.  MCTs are more easily metabolized than long chain triglycerides, and are slightly lower in calories.  MCTs are also more thermogenic than long chain triglycerides, which is why they’re often added to certain reduced carb foods/supplements.

MCTs are primarily sourced from coconut oil, and are technically saturated fats.

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