One interesting feature of MCTs is that they may reduce hunger.
This may be related to the way your body metabolizes fats, because ketones can reduce a person’s appetite.
In one study, 6 healthy men ate varying amounts of MCTs and LCTs. Those who ate the most MCTs ate fewer calories per day.
Another study in 14 healthy men reported that those who ate the most MCTs at breakfast ate fewer calories at lunch.
These studies were small and had a very short timescale. If this effect were to persist over the long term, it could lead to reduced body weight over several years.
Although coconut oil is one of the richest natural sources of MCTs, there’s no evidence that coconut oil intake reduces appetite more than other oils.
In fact, one study reports that coconut oil is less filling than MCT oil.
SUMMARYMCTs can significantly reduce appetite, which may lead to reduced body weight over the long term.