More Energy, Less Fat: Try MCTs

by | Updated: July 3rd, 2012 | Read time: 1 minute

Medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are fatty acids that are easily digested and more rapidly absorbed by the body than other fats. They function similarly to carbohydrates, supplying the body with an immediate, efficient source of "quick" energy.

MCTs are popular among athletes and bodybuilders looking to support endurance and performance. They're also used to support healthy weight management.

While MCTs are found in foods such as coconut oil, palm kernel oil and butter, they're also available in supplement form, usually as a liquid oil that can be taken by the spoonful or added to dressings and other foods. Due to its low smoke point, MCT oil is not recommend for cooking.