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MCTs vs. Conventional Fats


#1

With so much being said about the positive effects of increasing fat in ones diet, why not use MCT vs. conventional fats. MCTs have a greater thermic effect, and are less likely to be stored as body fat.

Would it not make sense to lower one's intake of dietary fat to 10-15% and as leaning out becomes more of a priority, replace starches with MCT? I mean no disrespect to the high fat advocates, I'm just trying to find a diet I can stick with and that is supported by applied science.


#2

What is MCT?


#3

Medium Chain Triglycerides


#4

And in what foods are they found? What is their impact on health, cholesterol, etc...?


#5

They are great. No golden pill or anything magical and should be used in balance with your others.

A great source is coconut. It is something like 50% MCT's and taste damn good as well.

Hope that helps,
Phill


#6

MCTs don't have to go through a long digestive process like conventional dietary fats. This makes them an excellent quick energy source. As a matter of fact, they are absorbed as rapidly as glucose. So you get all the calories of a fat but a lesser chance of them reaching the general circulation to be stored as body fat. As far as their effect on health, they have been around for a long time and utilized in nutritional regimems for individuals that have trouble absorbing fat.


#7

Hmm. Interesting. Any idea of some good sources besides coconut?


#8

Yes, you can purchase them just like you can purchase a bottle of flax oil. Depending upon your calorie needs, you use them in the same way as you would use flax or olive oil for that matter.


#9

breast milk :slight_smile:


#10

Cool. They sound like they would be useful in any eating plan. However, I don't think other types of fats need be dropped too low. Everyone's different, by I do well on a diet for leaning out that's a solid 25% fat, with at least 2/3s unsaturated. Fat loss is at least as good as when the fat's lower and the calories are replaced either with protein or carbs.


#11

Oh, yeah? No ready access to that unless something goes horribly wrong with my girlfriend's birth control. lol