What We Know As Fat. Fats are made up of fatty acids. The size of each fatty acid depends on its carbon chain length. Whether saturated or unsaturated, most long chain triglycerides (LCTs) act as the building blocks of body fat. Due to their long 14-24-carbon length, the body recognizes long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) as an efficient storage fuel source. As a result, the body deposits LCFAs as fat tissue until blood glucose levels are depleted.
The Other Fat. Due to the shorter length of its fatty acids (8-12-carbon length), the body views medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) as an inefficient energy source that isn’t suitable for fat storage. To the body, singular medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) actually resemble carbohydrates and are metabolized immediately instead of being deposited as fat.
Standing Strong. Being 100% saturated fats, MCTs do not contain any carbon double bonds – maximizing the carrying capacity of hydrogen atoms. This makes them extremely stable and resistant to oxidation and free radical formation, thereby reducing the aging process (another one of the benefits of mct oil!)
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