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List Of Foods That Contain Medium Chain Triglycerides | LIVESTRONG.COM

List of Foods That Contain Medium Chain Triglycerides

List of Foods That Contain Medium Chain Triglycerides
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Fresh butter is one of the best sources of fat and medium chain triglycerides, according to nutritional experts and authors of "Nourishing Traditions," Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD. Butter contains about 12 to 15 percent short and medium chain fatty acids, according to the authors. This is the type of fat that can be used quickly by the human body for energy. Fresh butter, according to "Nourishing Traditions," has both antifungal and antitumor properties.

Palm Kernel Oil

As one of the richest all-natural sources of medium chain triglycerides, palm kernel oil and other palm oil derivatives are used as a healthy additive to a variety of foods including soup mixes and canned goods, according to the American Palm Oil Council or APOC. Palm kernel oil is obtained from the kernel of the palm fruit, and can be broken down into two components: palm kernel olein and palm kernel stearin. Palm kernel olein is the liquid component of the oil while the latter is the solid portion of the palm kernel oil produced during the fractionation process. According to the APOC, palm kernel oil is a healthier alternative to partially hydrogenated oils because it is cholesterol-free and rich in antioxidants.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is derived from coconuts, and a 2007 article at LATimes.com points out a few of its proven health benefits. The article points to a 2003 study published in the journal "Obesity" that proved men who consumed medium chain triglycerides from sources like coconut oil burned more calories than men who consume long chain triglycerides -- in this case, olive oil. The reason for this may be because MCTs are more easily digested by the body and are used for energy. The LA Times is quick to point out that the American Heart Association recommends that only seven percent of total daily calories should come from saturated fat sources like coconut oil.


Article reviewed by Veronique Von Tufts Last updated on: Mar 28, 2011

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