Odgovor Pe sep 04, 2015 19:45

MCT by The Muscle Prof

Not all fats are created equal, and we should take this into account while adding them into our nutrition programs. Coconut oil, a saturated fat, specifically is comprised of approximately 60% medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are shorter in structure and allow for much easier oxidation by the body, providing us with immediate energy. Specifically, they don't require the same transporters than the long chain fatty acids use. In addition, MCTs are converted to ketone b
odies in the liver, which offers other therapeutic benefits, such as aiding in prevention seizures and improvement in cognitive function in those with Alzheimers (Liu, 2008, Newport et al 2013).

The Tokelauans are a population of peoples located in the south pacific, and use coconut as a dietary staple, taking up over 60% of the calories they consume daily. The Tokelauans are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world, yet they remain healthy with no evidence of heart disease (Prior, et al. 1981). Remember, there will be many factors contributing to this, however it's interesting to point out nonetheless. Supplementing with 15-30g of MCTs in place of other saturated fats has also been shown to increase daily energy expenditure by 5%, equating to approximately 120kcals in a standard diet (Dulloo, et al. 1996). The takeaway here is to vary your fat sources as they all provide differing benefits. The MCT content of coconut oil makes it a great choice, especially if you are low carb or keto.
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