I am looking for hard science articles/research that validates MCTs in creating changes in the body’s ability to burn fat more effectively. I realize that when eating MCTs that they themselves will be burned much easier but do they help one burn already stored adipose tissue. I am finding it difficult to find research that validates this claim. Thank you.
Good question. I know that MCTs will be utilized by the body faster but the correlation between there increased catabolism of tri- glycerides i have never read. Of course though, if MCTs are utilized faster then, the body would have no choice but, to utilize longer chain fatty acids in the proper setting. But please check, this is just my thought. Brian Rozzi
Regardless of the organic structure of nutrient intake, the biochemistries of ATP production depend on the enzymatic activity of cytoplasmic glycolysis and mitochondrial “aerobic” metabolism. Dietary fat, for the most part, is ultimately converted to adipose and intramuscular triglycerides, which are subsequently metabolized only in intracellular mitochondria, predominately in skeletal muscle cells. My interpretation of the literature continues to be that the most effective way to enhance the activity of the enzymes involved in fat metabolism, regardless of the length of the dietary fatty acid chain, is regular, vigorous exercise.
I cannot offer a perspective on any supplement questions. I am not personally interested in supplementation. I also do not have the appropriate credentials to offer dietary programs. However, I think looking at research is fascinating, and really helpful in having knowledgeable conversations with our clients on topics in which they have an interest. It takes some time to sort through and figure out how to find good research. I commiserate with you on that, as I miss the days of just going to pubMed and finding my source.
You might take a look at this article. Review articles are generally more helpful than pouring over all the individual studies.
One caveat, there are publishers of research that accept payment for publishing that research and do not do a good job of checking that the research is carefully done. I have not looked to see where this research was done, and whether it is peer reviewed. I have no reason to doubt it, but it is always important to check sources carefully.