Medium-Chain Triglycerides: Overview, Types, and Health Benefits

admin Admin / 10, May'2022

Medium-Chain Triglycerides have played a significant role in the food and beverage industry, but their consumption has reached a new high over the past few years. It is because people across the globe are getting more health-conscious and searching for whole foods and healthy fats for balanced nutrition and weight management. The medical fraternity across the globe is also advocating a low-carb diet and macronutrients which in turn has accelerated the demand for Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) in the food industry the world over. 

Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCTs are easy on the human digestive system and metabolized more quickly than all other types of fatty acids available for human use. The human digestive system makes use of these fatty acids instantly without much load on the liver and also without storing them as additional fats, particularly in the belly area. MCTs also offer a large number of other health benefits that make them popular among people of almost all age groups. 

What Are Medium-Chain Triglycerides?

Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are fats found naturally in a comprehensive range of food items, particularly in whole foods as well as products that come from animals. But to meet the demand of the public, they are also manufactured in the modern sophisticated oil milling units as a valuable and healthy dietary fat supplement. Triglycerides are nothing but a chemical compound that contains three fatty acids followed by a glycerol backbone. The fatty acids that MCTs contain might have different numbers of carbon atoms creating an aliphatic tail that is responsible to a large extent for determining the type of triglyceride.    

Some of the main types of medium-chain fatty acids that the length of their aliphatic tail defines include the following:

  • Caproic acid or hexanoic acid (C6)
  • Caprylic acid or octanoic acid (C8)
  • Capric acid or decanoic acid (C10)
  • Lauric acid or dodecanoic acid (C12).

Here are some salient health benefits of MCTs and MCT oil:

Works well in healthy weight loss as well as management

MCTs and MCT oils come with a comprehensive range of properties that work wonderfully well in healthy weight loss and its management. In comparison to LCTs, MCTs contain a lesser amount of calories but still they can create a feeling of fullness and satiety. One of the main attributes of MCT oils is that they can be consumed by the body at a rapid pace and are never stored as additional fat.

Some recently concluded studies have also revealed that these oils can increase the body’s capacity to metabolize fats faster, and prevent obesity by bringing down the accumulation of excess body fat. MCT oils can be of immense help for those who need to follow a ketogenic diet. It is because these oils produce ketones that capacitate an individual to consume more carbohydrates with perfect ketosis maintenance.  

Increases exercise performance

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are considered to be a boon for bodybuilders and athletes. They burn the fats in the body faster and consume them as an immediate source of energy. This is the reason these oils are called exercise performance boosters. If any individual consumes MCTs just before starting an exercise session, he or she has better workouts. These oils also increase lean muscle mass and bring a drastic reduction in body fat. 

Improves gut health and digestion

More than 60% of the global population is struggling hard with their digestion disorders because of the imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. Most people start taking laxatives to regularize their bowel movements but what they get from these laxatives is only temporary relief.

Most remedies taken for improving gastrointestinal health start peeling off the inner layer of the intestine that later on might convert into ulcerative colitis. But, MCTs not only improve gut health by killing all the unwanted bacteria but also boost digestion with no impact on the number of good bacteria in the gut.

MCT oils are also effective in preventing diarrhea caused by fat indigestion. These oils also offer great results in restoring digestive functions.

Works on mental wellbeing

Consuming MCTs might prompt better concentration and all the more consistent discernment. Since the cerebrum is made out of unsaturated fats, improved gut health gets directly connected to it. The ketones delivered by MCTs fuel the body’s sensory system better than LCTs because they can go through the blood-brain boundary easily. MCTs may also slow the impacts of dementia in those with Alzheimer’s disease by giving ketones required by the cerebrum.

Lowers risk of diabetes

Diabetes, called the mother of all diseases is a metabolic disorder that claims millions of lives the world over every year. It is still an incurable disease that reduces around 10 years of age of all suffering from it. Until the time insulin was not invented, diabetes was considered to be a death warrant for the patients.

Earlier it was a notion that this deadly disease is caused by the lack of insulin in the body but after hundreds of years, it was found that the human body develops diabetes when it gets resistant to insulin. Today, there are millions of patients who have both sugar and insulation levels high in the body. 

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are extremely beneficial for those who have diabetes because their regular consumption plays a pivotal role in decreasing insulin resistance – the primary cause of diabetes. When the sensitivity of insulin increases in the body, sugar levels get down drastically. Consuming MCTs regularly can also be very helpful in reducing body weight which is also a contributing factor to diabetes.

Concluding Remarks 

Mectech is one of the leading Oil Processing Plant Manufacturers & Suppliers in India. The company has been manufacturing customized plant & machinery, turnkey projects for Oil & Fats Industry for decades. With its 4 world-class manufacturing facilities, Mectech Process Engineers Pvt. Ltd. manufactures and supplies projects as per ASME & CE Standards.

The company has also got the unmatched capability of delivering projects as per any global standard, specific to any country. The company exports sophisticated facilities for Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) manufacturing and other oil milling processes.  


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