Coconut Oil Indigestion: The Easiest Fat to Digest
Coconut oil for indigestion? Coconut oil digests much easier than virtually all other dietary fats and provides fuel to power your digestive system.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) abounding in coconut oil digest so quickly that it considerably lessens the workload of your digestive tract.
Almost all other dietary oils and fats are mostly, if not entirely, Long Chain Triglycerides (LCT), requiring digestive enzymes and bile to be digested.
Once the bonds holding the individual fatty acids together are broken, they are assimilated into your intestinal wall to be packaged into lipoproteins.
These little bundles of fat and protein are then funneled into your bloodstream where they circulate throughout your body. Almost all of the digestion of LCT-oils such as soybean and corn oils take place in your intestines.
When you eat coconut oil, the process is different. Because they digest effortlessly, MCTs do not require bile or digestive enzymes to be absorbed.
By the time it leaves the stomach, MCT-rich coconut oil is already completely broken down into individual fatty acids called Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA).
As they enter the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, MCFAs are rapidly absorbed into the portal vein and sent straight to your liver where they are used as a source of fuel to generate energy. MCFA-rich coconut oil bypasses the lipoprotein stage!
In a nutshell, coconut oil gives your digestive system a much needed break and makes its job a lot easier by providing an immediate source of energy to finish the tasks, sooner rather than later.