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What is MCT? | Get to know from the experts - Melrose Health
What is MCT?
Never heard of MCT? While they might not be a household name, MCTs became popular in the 90’s amongst bodybuilders and fitness fanatics as a clean source of energy to support endurance workouts such and cycling and weightlifting. Today, MCTs are used more widely to boost both physical and mental performance, offering an alternate energy source to glucose.
Let us break down what Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are and how they work:
MCTs have slightly shorter fatty acid chain compared to the fats and oils from animal and plant sources, which contain Long Chain Triglycerides (LCTs) (e.g., fish, avocado, nuts, seeds, corn, peanut, safflower, and soybean oil).
MCTs are metabolised differently compared to LCTs, as they are directly absorbed into your portal circulation and do not need to be emulsified like long-chain triglycerides. MCTs optimize energy production for your body, specifically during periods of fasting, or when following a low carbohydrate diet.
MCTs are converted to ketones which boost satiety, provide alternative energy source and improve mental focus.