So what exactly is so magical about MCTs? Let me explain:
It's all about molecular structure, baby
Medium-chain triglycerides isn’t just a clever name; it refers to the size of the molecules. Because MCTs contain fewer carbon atoms than their long-chain counterparts, they're more readily oxidized in the liver, leading to greater energy expenditure.
MCTs help you burn more energy than their longer-chain relatives
When you consume food, your body expends energy in completing the digestion and metabolism processes. Different foods have different energy expenditures, and even though long-chain triglycerides and medium-chain triglycerides are both fat, MCTs actually produce a greater energy expenditure in your body. So while you may be consuming the same number of calories from fat, MCT oil burns through more energy, which is why it may help you lose weight.