What is a medium chain fatty acid?

If living a healthy or natural lifestyle is a priority to you, you’ve likely heard all about medium-chain fatty acids by now. But, do you know what they are or how they benefit you? If not, keep reading!

What is a medium-chain fatty acid?

MCFAs, or medium-chain fatty acids, are a type of saturated fat found in coconut oil. MCFAs consist of eight to 10 carbon atoms strung together in a row. LCFAs, or long-chain fatty acids, are made up of 12 or more carbon atoms in a row and are prevalent in dairy products and meats.

In the 1960s, studies done in animals shows that LCFAs were more likely to lead to fat deposits whereas MCFAs were metabolized by the liver. In the early 1990s, researchers began to studythe effects of MCFAs on humans, examining metabolic rate change. The group consuming MCFAs had a statistically significant metabolic rate increase, leading to increased weight loss.

Eat coconut oil for MCFAs

Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of MCFAs. Two thirds of the saturated fat in coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fat. MCFAs do not need to use the liver or gallbladder to digest themselves. This means coconut oil is processed as a source of instant energy and increases the metabolic rate of the body.

The MCFAs in the body are converted to ketones if you consume enough MCFAs. Since coconut oil is approximately 65 percent MCFAs, two tablespoons of coconut oil can produce enough ketones to support healthy brain function. Improved memory, cognition and attention have been reported in trials using a higher level of ketones.

Choose Skinny Coconut Oil

If you’re interested in consuming more coconut oil to increase your intake of MCFAs, you can’t make a clearer choice than Skinny Coconut Oil because Skinny & Co. goes to great lengths to secure our supply of wild-harvested coconuts.

Heat and chemicals drastically change the ability of a coconut to heal and protect your body because the heat destroys the nutrients provided by raw coconuts. Skinny & Co. uses a patented process, the Nutralock System™, to keep the coconut fruit whole and intact while maintaining its natural health properties.

Skinny & Co. is proud to provide the only chemical-free, additive-free, non-acidic coconut oil in the world. Make your first purchase today by heading here.


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