Facts about Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has unique attributes including
- High Medium Chain Fatty Acid (MCFA) content
- MCFA are more polar and hydrophilic than long-chain fatty acids (LCFA), therefore, they are more rapidly absorbed by the epithelial intestinal cells
- MCFA is soluble in water, and is transported via hilus hepatis directly to the liver, bound to albumin.
- It does not require the CPT enzyme to be transported through the mitochondrial membrane
- Provides a swift source of non glucose energy
- Cannot be oxidated due to the number of carbon atoms already bound to oxygen
- MCFA provide about ten percent fewer calories than LCFA’s – 8.3 calories per gram for MCTs versus 9 calories per gram for LCFA’s
- More importantly, reduced chain length also means that MCFAs are more rapidly absorbed by the body and more quickly metabolized (burned) as fuel
- The result of this accelerated metabolic conversion is that instead of being stored as fat, the calories contained in MCFA’s are very efficiently converted into fuel for immediate use by organs and muscles.