MCT products based on medium-chain fatty acids

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Keto Familie Kochen

Products containing medium-chain fatty acids offer advantages over conventional fats in certain pathologies. 

Ketogenic diet

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. 

  • Our solution

    Medium-chain fatty acids help to comply with this diet because they have a higher ketogenic effect than conventional long-chain fats (short: LCT fats) and thus enhance the state of ketosis. As a result, the reduced levels of permitted carbohydrates can be relaxed a bit and the menu can be more varied.

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.

  • Our solution

    People with one of these conditions must avoid  conventional fats in their diet. Fats with medium-chain fatty acids (in short: MCT fats) are digested and utilized differently by the body than conventional fats. For example, no bile acids or fat-splitting enzymes (lipases) of the pancreas are required. This gives the body the energy it lacks, which it normally gets from the conventional fats.

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.

  • Our solution

    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. The body uses a different enzyme than that of the long-chain fatty acids to breakdown medium-chain fatty acids. So the defect can be bypassed and the body gets the energy that it needs, which is normally derived from the long-chain fatty acids.

Our range

Oils, a margarine, a savoury cream, and spreads with varying concentrations of medium chain fatty acids (MCT).