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Medium Chain Triglycerides from Coconut Oil

  • All fats and oils are composed of fat molecules called fatty acids.
  • There are two methods of classifying fatty acids. The one you are most familiar is based on saturation. You have saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • The second method of classification is based on molecular size or length of the carbon chain in the fatty acid.
  • There are short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), medium-chain fatty acids(MCFA), and long-chain fatty acids (LCFA).
  • Another term you will often see in reference to fatty acids is triglyceride. Three fatty acids joined together make a triglyceride, so there are short-chain triglycerides (SCT), medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), or long-chain triglycerides (LCT).
  • Coconut oil is unique because it is composed predominately of MCT.
  • The MCT gives unique character and healing properties. Almost all of the medium-chain triglycerides used in research, medicine, and food products come from coconut oil
  • MCT from coconut oil are used in hospital formulas to feed the very young & the critically ill
  • Preparation of Fractionated Coconut Oil is by  hydrolysis of coconut oil. Then, the product is passed through steam distillation to obtain the fractionated coconut oil. The result is a thin oil full of medium-chain triglycerides.
  • Fractionated coconut oil is predominantly composed of Capric and Caprylic acids.
  • Processing (such as hydrolysis and steam distillation) the ordinary coconut oil is going to be slightly more expensive. However, the additional cost does have its own benefits and justifications. Keeping in mind it’s extremely long shelf life, stability, and rancidity-resistant properties, it is well worth to pay the price
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