Digestion of Fats and Why Coconut Oil Won’t Make You Fat
The digestion of fats requires major effort on your body. But only if you’re not using coconut oil, the world’s easiest fat to digest.
Almost all the fats you consume (98-100 percent), are composed of Long Chain Triglycerides (LCT). This is especially true if you conform to the usual Western diet.
Vegetable fats such as soybean oil, canola oil and olive oil, just to name a few, are made of 100 percent LCTs. The same is true with animal-based fats like those found in pork and beef fat.
Coconut oil is unique because it is predominately (more than two-thirds) Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT). And there are very few natural sources of MCTs.
LCTs are hard to digest. They require digestive enzymes from your pancreas and bile from your gallbladder to be digested. As LCTs are digested, individual fatty acids are released and absorbed into your intestinal wall where they are packaged into lipoproteins to circulate your entire body.
During circulation, lipoproteins release small particles of fat into your bloodstream. These particles are the source of the fat that accumulates in your fat cells, and the source of the fat that accumulates in and blocks your artery walls.
MCTs don’t need digestive enzymes and bile. They are so easy to digest that by the time they leave your stomach, they are already completely broken down into individual fatty acids called Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA). MCFA-loaded coconut oil bypasses the lipoprotein stage! What a relief for your digestive system…
Unlike other dietary fats, coconut oil does not wander much in your bloodstream. It doesn’t get packed away inside your fat cells or clogs your artery walls. The digestion of coconut oil is very different!
Coconut oil won’t make you fat because it is used to generate energy, not excess body fat.
Dulloo, A. G., et al. Twenty-four-hour energy expenditure and urinary catecholamines of humans consuming low-to-moderate amounts of medium-chain triglycerides: a dose-response study in a human respiratory chamber. European Journal Clinical Nutrition 1996;50(3):152-158.
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