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  • adj. Having a chain of between about six and twelve carbon atoms


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  • ALA, with eighteen carbons, is sometimes called a medium-chain omega-3; EPA and DHA are sometimes called long-chain omega-3 fats because EPA contains twenty carbons and DHA contains twenty-two.

    Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy

  • Because—and this is only a theory—coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, which are shorter than the long-chain fatty acids in veggie oils and meat.

    The Small Change Diet

  • Coconut oil is also nature's richest source of medium-chain fatty acids MCFAs, also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs.

    Dr. Joseph Mercola: Coconut Oil: When Fat Is A Good Thing

  • Overfeeding with a diet of medium-chain triglycerides impedes accumulation of body fat, Clinical Nutrition, 28:595

    Dr. Joseph Mercola: Coconut Oil: When Fat Is A Good Thing

  • Enhanced thermogenesis and diminished deposition of fat in response to overfeeding with diet containing medium-chain triglycerides, Am.

    Dr. Joseph Mercola: Coconut Oil: When Fat Is A Good Thing

  • It is comprised of medium-chain fatty acids or MCFAs, which are easier to break down and metabolize into energy than large-chain fatty acids, which are often stored in the body as fat for later use.

    Marcus Samuelsson: 11 Delicious Coconut Recipes

  • MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil may be recommended to add extra calories to the diet and help your child grow.

    Treating Biliary Atresia

  • Your child's physician may prescribe a formula or nutritional supplement with medium-chain tryglycerides because children with Alagille syndrome are better able to absorb this type of fat.

    Dietary Intake for Children With Alagille Syndrome

  • The fatty acids in coconut oil called medium-chain triglycerides, or MCT are shorter and more water-soluble than those in other oils, such as olive or canola, so they're routed directly to the liver where they're readily burned for fuel.

    Tips To Improve Your Metabolism

  • Virgin coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fat MCFA that speeds weight loss, lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of heart attacks, and improves diabetic conditions.

    Forever Young

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