Using Medium-Chain Triglycerides during Your Fast - dummies

Using Medium-Chain Triglycerides during Your Fast

By Kellyann Petrucci, Patrick Flynn

Medium-chain triglycerides, unlike most other forms of fat, are quickly digested and utilized. Nutritionists often tout them as “the fat that helps you burn fat.” Medium-chain triglycerides provide numerous health benefits, including:

  • Increased weight loss: A number of small studies have confirmed that the consumption of medium-chain triglycerides do indeed support weight loss. They’re filling and have little effect on insulin levels, yet provide a powerful stream of energy.

  • Increased sports performance: Medium-chain triglycerides provide nearly instant energy, making them a nearly ideal fuel source for the avid exerciser and athlete. The benefit to using them over most other fuel sources (such as amino acids or carbohydrates) is that they have the smallest impact on blood sugar and insulin levels.

  • Appetite control: Like most other fats, medium-chain triglycerides are quite filling. Fat is a naturally satiating nutrient, and although the body quickly utilizes them, they too are quite satiating. Therefore, adding them to your morning coffee or tea may further help you to control your hunger.

  • Immune enhancement and heart health: Numerous studies confirm that medium-chain triglycerides support health immune function and promote heart health. Specifically they have been shown to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the liver and other tissues.

The easiest source of medium-chain triglycerides is organic coconut oil. Consuming coconut oil is one of the rare exceptions where eating something while you fast may actually be beneficial. You can even try adding coconut oil to your coffee or tea because it’s actually quite delicious!