Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) have three medium chain fatty acid molecules linked together by a glycerol molecule. The medium chain fatty acids consist of 6- to 12-carbon chains with hydrogen and oxygen atoms bound to them and the length of the carbon chain affects the various properties of each fatty acid. All of the medium chain fatty acids are fully saturated fats, meaning that all available docking sites are occupied by hydrogen atoms, but they behave very differently than the longer chain saturated fatty acids.
The way MCTs metabolizes in our body is unique: MCTs have a small molecular structure and are very soluble, making it easier for your body to absorb, unlike other edible oils.
Fats are an important part of any diet but given what we know about the various types of fats, it is important to make sure that our intake is properly managed. There must be a concerted effort to lower our intake of bad fats and ensure that even good fats are taken in moderation to avoid adverse effects on the body.
The next part of the story matters as you will find out how fats in the diet fits into the 3 pillars of a holistic healthy lifestyle.