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Week: 559.1 Guest: Dr. Nilo Cater, Center for Human Nutrition, Univ. Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas Topic: MCT oil does raise bad cholesterol Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: A supposed 'good' oil goes bad...coming up....

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NEMA: A study by Dr. Nilo Cater of the Center for Human Nutrition in Dallas has shown Medium Chain Triglyceride oil is not healthy as a supplement or cooking oil. He explains why people believed MCT oil did not raise cholesterol...

CATER: The medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides are readily absorbed and quickly transported to the liver, where the long chain fats have to be processed in a different way, and really aren't further broken down, whereas the medium chain fatty acids...once reaching the liver, are quickly broken down.

NEMA: The popular belief was that the breakdown meant the medium chain fats wouldn't hurt us, and these short chain molecules would give us access to quick energy....

CATER: What our research suggests is that the liver then reuses them as building blocks...resynthesizes them...into even longer chain fatty acids. So the blood is enriched in long chain fatty acids, in palmitic acids.

NEMA: And that, folks is the nastiest of saturated fats...palm oil. Thanks to Dr. Nilo Cater for joining us. I'm Steve Girard for The Heart of the Matter.


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