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LCFAs vs MCFAs . . . big difference?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 12, 2013 at 1:17 AM

I have heard this a lot from the no meat crowd. They claim that Long chain fatty acids (LCFA) from animal products are terrible, but conveniently, Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) found in coconuts, is okay to eat. Both are kinds of saturated fat. Basically I am just wondering if there is much of a difference between the LCFAs and the MCFAs, anybody heard this too?

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+1 for being in the new generation of smart scientists! We non-science peeps need you!

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http://paleohacks.com/questions/27417/lcfa-metabolism#axzz2Vw9gkNHn

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on August 21, 2013
at 12:47 PM

Long chain just have the ability to be stored easier from my understanding, but from the POV of the Krebs cycle, they are both oxidized the same way with acyl-CoA, losing 2 carbons through every cycle, and giving off energy, so theoretically, LCFA have more energy per molecule. If you aren't storing them by eating too many carbs, they should provide MORE energy. As for how SFA affect the lipid cycle, I've still yet to delve into that biochem. Hopefully before I graduate I get that down so I can convince my peers that lard, butter, and beef tallow are great for you and corn oil will kill you.

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on August 21, 2013
at 01:52 PM

+1 for being in the new generation of smart scientists! We non-science peeps need you!

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on June 12, 2013
at 01:28 AM

hmmm so does that mean none of them eat chocolate?

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