Triglycerides Medium Chain
Food scientists have long noted the nutritional benefits of MCFA. (Note: in this article MCFA - medium chain fatty acids - and MCT - medium chain triglycerides - are used interchangeably.) Coconut oil, or some derivative of it, is used in hospital formulas to feed the very young, the critically ill, and those who have digestive problems. It makes up a vital part of the solutions fed to patients intravenously or through a tube inserted down the throat. In emergencies when commercial IV solutions are not available, doctors in tropical climates will use coconut water instead.