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Medium-chain triglycerides are advantageous in promoting weight loss although not beneficial to exercise performance

Clegg, M. E. (2010) Medium-chain triglycerides are advantageous in promoting weight loss although not beneficial to exercise performance. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 61 (7). pp. 653-679. ISSN 1465-3478

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3109/09637481003702114

Abstract/Summary

Abstract Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are triglycerides with a fatty acid chain length varying between 6 and 10 carbon atoms. MCT differ from long-chain triglycerides as they are relatively soluble in water and, hence, rapidly hydrolysed and absorbed. MCT are transported in the blood through the portal system, consequently they bypass adipose tissue that makes them less susceptible to hormone-sensitive lipase and deposition into adipose tissue stores. Due to these properties, MCT have been researched for both benefits to exercise performance and health. The present review aims to assess whether MCT are beneficial in either of these situations. MCT have been proposed as a means to maximizing an athlete's ability to maintain their glycogen stores so they can be more competitive. However, only two studies to date have shown an improvement in exercise performance. From a health perspective, MCT increase fat oxidation and energy expenditure as well as reduce food intake and beneficially alter body composition. Results indicate that MCT feeding is ineffective in improving exercise performance and future work should focus on the health benefits and applications of MCT.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Human Nutrition Research Group
ID Code:80411
Publisher:Informa Healthcare

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