The health benefits of MCTs have been the focus of intense research in recent years.
The popular dietary supplements have been linked to reducing risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, as well as helping to protect against heart disease and stroke.
According to the latest data, MCT consumption by people aged 20 to 49 has decreased by about 4% since 2010.
But while MCT oils are known to be effective in lowering blood pressure, the data suggests that they are not necessarily beneficial in preventing heart disease or diabetes.
And according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, even though there is evidence that MCT diets are better than their non-MCT counterparts, there is no evidence to support the link between these dietary supplements and heart disease risk.
One of the main reasons why this may be the case is the lack of long-term follow-up data, said lead researcher Dr. João Rangel of the Brazilian Heart Institute (BHI).
“The majority of people who are consuming MCT supplements are not going to have cardiovascular disease, but they’re still going to be at risk,” he said.
“So there’s a lot of uncertainty about whether or not they are getting the benefits from the MCT diet.”
In a study led by Dr. Rangel and colleagues at the Brazilian Institute of Cardiology, the authors compared the long- and short-term outcomes of nearly 1,000 people over the course of two years, with a total of 617 participants.
As a result, they found that MCO-2, the main metabolite of Mct oil, and cholesterol, both showed significant decreases.
This was accompanied by a decline in LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, a marker for the body’s “bad cholesterol”.
“MCTs may have anti-inflammatory effects, but that’s a small effect,” Dr. Carlos G. da Silva, a professor of cardiovascular and metabolic medicine at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, told ESPN.com.
So, although there is an established link between MCT and cardiovascular health, it may not be enough to provide evidence of a causal relationship.
Despite this, Dr. G. Da Silva is not convinced that Mct oils have any real health benefits, particularly as it pertains to the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
“If there are studies showing a reduction in cardiovascular disease [and] a reduction of diabetes and a reduction [in] stroke, there’s not a lot that supports that it’s a good diet,” he told ESPN’s “Kick the Dog”.
“If you have a healthy diet, you don’t have to worry about diabetes and heart attacks.”
Dr. Rango believes that it is likely that Mts have the potential to protect your heart, but only if you eat them correctly.
“Mcts are mainly a source of energy, and they provide an energy-rich diet,” she said.
“So it’s not that they’re bad for the heart.
They’re not the best source of fat either, so it’s about getting your energy levels up to where you want them.”
But it’s unclear what exactly Mcts provide.
“It’s difficult to answer that question because it depends on a lot, a lot about what you’re eating and the type of food you’re consuming,” said Dr. Santos.
There are no definitive studies in this area, but Dr. DaSilva suggests that if you want to be sure that you’re getting the Mct benefit, you may want to consume some of the oils.
“The important thing is that you know what you need,” he added.
“That you’ve got a good intake of fatty acids, and you’ve had enough energy, which is what is needed to build muscle and build muscle tissue.”
And if you’re looking to increase your MCT intake, there are plenty of places to do so.
For instance, there have been a number of studies to support an increase in intake of MUFAs, which are fatty acids that are found in nuts, berries and seeds.
MCT oil is also available in powder form.
Another possibility is to increase the quantity of vegetables that you eat.
Dr. Santos suggested that it would be best to eat a high-protein, low-fat diet.
“It would be better to eat more vegetables and fruit and nuts,” he explained.
You can also reduce the number of calories you eat by adding lean protein to your diet.
While the benefits of eating MCT are clear, it’s important to remember that there are many other benefits of the Mactans, too.
First, they’re a great source of antioxidants.
In one study published in PLOS One, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School reported that people who consumed MCT-rich foods had higher levels of a type of protein called eicosapentaeno