Products containing medium-chain fatty acids offer advantages over conventional fats in certain pathologies.
Patients with a form of epilipsy that cannot be treated with medication can follow a ketogenic diet as an alternative. This is an extremely high-fat, low-carbohydrate and protein-balanced diet. The goal of this diet is to reach the state of ketosis. The body no longer gains its energy from glucose, but from fats in the form of so-called ketone bodies.
Fat malabsorption and maldigestion disorders
People with fat digestion disorders or a malassimilation syndrome cannot digest or utilize conventional, long-chain fatty acids (short: LCT-fats). These include, for example, diseases of the bile ducts, liver, pancreas or cystic fibrosis.
Long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorders
Those with a congenital defect of lipid metabolism can't degrade conventional long-chain fatty acids, since the enzyme is defective from birth. They must therefore avoid these fatty acids.