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23. What are medium-chain triglycerides?

Medium-chain triglycerides (MTC) are found as supplements in health food stores. Misunderstanding of these useful lipids stems from their name, triglycerides, which makes everyone think of cholesterol. In fact, medium-chain triglycerides are used as a source of energy. They are resistant to rancidity, are easily absorbed and metabolized by the body, and contain twice the energy of carbohydrates. Since 1950, North American hospitals have used MTCS to boost energy in recovering patients. MTCS have been shown to reduce body fat, lower cholesterol, and improve the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins, as well as increase the absorption of minerals. Recent investigation of the use Of MCTS in reversing obesity is encouraging. MTCS are mostly commonly used by athletes or body builders to increase energy for performance and to decrease recovery time after a hard workout.

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