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What Is The MCT Diet?

Aug 31, 2021

There are historically two main types of ketogenic diets that are used in practice; the classical ketogenic and the medium chain triglyceride (MCT) ketogenic diet. The MCT diet, which was developed in the 1970s, has since been adapted and various versions are used in centers across the United Kingdom and Europe.

Normal dietary fats, which are used predominantly in the classical ketogenic diet, consist of a mixture of mainly long chain triglyceride (LCT) fats with a small amount of short and medium chain triglyceride (MCT) fats.

The MCT ketogenic diet uses a fat supplement which consists only of MCT fats. MCT fat can produce ketones more easily than LCT fat, which means that in the MCT diet less total fat is needed, thus allowing more carbohydrate and protein to be included in the regimen.

For example MCT fat comes in two forms; the first is a white, milky emulsion,. The second is MCT oil, which is clear and has a slightly thinner consistency than vegetable or olive oil.

Normal dietary fats, which are used predominantly in the classical ketogenic diet, consist of a mixture of mainly long chain triglyceride (LCT) fats with a small amount of short and medium chain triglyceride (MCT) fats.

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