What are short/medium chain triglyceride oils? I've never heard this term before. I use olive oil, butter and lard. Are any of these MCT? Where can I get a list of what oils are MCT and what the percentage is?
asked byDiane_3 (409)
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on May 07, 2012
at 12:52 PM
Coconut oil is mostly medium-chain triglycerides, and the stuff sold as "MCT oil" is derived from coconut oil.
on May 07, 2012
at 01:11 PM
The product you buy that's MCT Oil contains capric and caprylic acids -- 8 & 10C saturated fatty acids. These are usually purified from coconut oil.
MCT's is a larger category of fatty acids 6-12C in length. Coconut oil and palm kernel oil are two sources with majority (~55%) MCT content.
Butter contains some MCT, but it is more known for it's approximate 4% butyric (short chain) acid content. Olive oil and lard don't contain any significant MCT.
MCT Oil is actually an "oil" at room temperature, unlike coconut and palm kernel "oils" that are solid below I want to say around 70 deg. (don't quote me on that). As such, MCT is a good oil for dressings, homemade mayo and such. Odorless, tasteless. I like to mix it with olive oil. However once this bottle is used up I won't replace it as I've not experienced any discernible effect other than the unpredictable negative (cramping, diarrhea) ones to justify the expense.
on July 09, 2013
at 03:11 PM
If your stomach has an effect to the MCT oil, it's probably just getting too much right away. You need to allow your body to get used to receiving MCT in such concentrated doses. Should start with only a tablespoon per day and build up from there if you feel comfortable.
When I started I couldn't handle more than a tablespoon w/o running to the bathroom. After a few days it was easy to put two tablespoons in a shake or smoothie w/o feeling it. A few weeks later easily can handle 4-5 tablespoons a day.