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The Skinny on MCTs

The Skinny on MCTs

Joseph Stephen, Fitness Together Newtonville

MCTs or Medium Chain Triglycerides, are fats…very specific type of fat. Triglyceride is the fancy schmancy, scientific term for types of fats. MCTs have between 6 to 10 carbon molecules in them, SCTs (shorties) have fewer than 6 and LCTs (longs) have more than 12.

What this all means is that because of the unique composition of MCTs, the carry great benefits as they are easier to access and break down by the human body. This is a nice page with a relatively short explanation about what MCTs are and some information about them. Something that is important to keep in mind is that even if something is good for you and may have health benefits one must

A) Practice consuming in moderation and B) Modify the amount of food one is eating, though they may be fat burning enhancers they still add to your daily intake. So if you are going to add more fats to your diet make sure to balance things out and decrease your intake somewhere else (my suggestion is to decrease your carbohydrate intake.)

As with everything, do some research yourself and see if this is something that might work for you. Also, take everything with a grain of salt! Because something may help to reduce body fat does not mean we should look at it as a magic bullet or depend on it to do something. Remember, hard work is still required in order to get the results you are trying to achieve. Here is a page that talks about sources of MCTs, hopefully this information has been helpful to you.

As always, send any questions our way.

 

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