What Is MCT Oil?

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You know that not every oil or fat is the same. But what makes them different? Turns out that oils and fats are not made up of one compound. In other words, when you use an oil in your food, you are using a combination of compounds that are similar but not the same. This is where MCT oil comes in. In this discussion, we will explore what MCT oil is, how it compares with other oils and fats, and its benefits.

But we cannot talk about MCT without talking about the composition of oils and fats in general. Oils and fats are composed of triglycerides besides other components like free fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins, pigments, and fatty alcohols. Each fat or oil contains different combinations of triglycerides. Triglycerides are made up of fatty acids combined with glycerol. MCT is one type of triglyceride found naturally in some oils and fats.

1. What Is MCT

MCT is short for medium chain triglycerides. This means that MCT oils are those oils that are high in medium chain triglycerides. The term “medium chain” refers to the molecular structure of the oils. Molecules of MCT, unlike those of LCT or long chain triglycerides, have fewer carbon molecules. While a molecule of LCT contains 10 to 12 carbon molecules, a molecule of MCT contains 6 to 8 carbon molecules. This makes MCT molecular chains shorter.


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