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Sources of Medium Chain Triglycerides

author image Jill Andrews
Jill Andrews began writing professionally for various online publications since 2009. Andrews holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry/nutrition from Memorial University in St.John's, Newfoundland. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Sources of Medium Chain Triglycerides
Olive oil is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides. Photo Credit Liv Friis-Larsen/iStock/Getty Images


Medium-chain triglycerides, or MCT, are triglycerides with a fatty acid chain length of six to 10 carbon atoms, according to a 2010 study in the "International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition." These fatty acids differ from long-chain triglycerides because of their solubility in water, which leads them to be absorbed at a faster rate. These triglycerides are less susceptible to being stored into adipose tissue stores. They are primarily researched for benefits in relation to health and exercise. There are several sources of these triglycerides.

Coconut Oil

Sources of Medium Chain Triglycerides
Coconut oil is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides. Photo Credit joannawnuk/iStock/Getty Images

Coconut oil is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. A report in Medical News Today states that coconut oil is not stored in the fat and also may boost metabolism. The researchers inform that unlike long-chain triglycerides, this source of triglycerides may therefore promote weight loss and prevent obesity.

Olive Oil

Sources of Medium Chain Triglycerides
Olive oil doesn't contribute to fat gain. Photo Credit mythja/iStock/Getty Images

Olive oil may also have a beneficial effect in helping you lose weight and fat, according to Medical News Today. Olive oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, and like coconut oil, is not readily absorbed or stored in the adipose tissue of your body. As a result, it does not contribute to fat gain. Using olive oil in place of oils made with longer-chain triglycerides, such as corn oil, may help protect you from obesity.


Sources of Medium Chain Triglycerides
Supplemental forms of medium-chain triglycerides are also available. Photo Credit Sapocka/iStock/Getty Images

Patients with cancer may not be able to digest fat in their diet. As a result, alternative sources of healthy fat are required. Since medium-chain triglycerides are soluble in water and more readily absorbed by the body than longer-chain molecules, these are beneficial for patients with cancer. Today they can be found in supplemental form, according to NYU Langone Medical Center.

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