Along the road to sustainable weight loss, the best of dietary intentions are often derailed by the reality of seemingly insurmountable, gut-wrenching hunger. While certain dietary modifications can potentially increase satiety, such as increasing protein intake, other methods of reducing hunger are continuously being sought out.
Some research suggests swapping some vegetable oil for either natural trans-fat or coconut oil might help tame your growling stomach and aid in your weight-loss goals. There’s a chance this might be true.
Not all trans-fat are irrefutably unhealthy. The synthetically-made trans-fat found in fast-food french fries are known to be deleterious to health and have been banned from the U.S. food supply by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On the other hand, research on the health effects of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is produced naturally in the digestive tract of ruminants like cattle, goat and buffalo (but also made synthetically), is still conflicting.
There are 28 different forms of CLA, which as shown in Figure 1, all differ structurally from linoleic acid only in the position of their double bonds. The cis-9, trans-11 (9-CLA) and trans-10, cis-12 (10-CLA) variations are the most abundant and have recently garnered some attention for several potential health benefits, including the ability to increase satiety and reduce body fat (primarily 10-CLA).
Similarly, the predominant saturated fats in coconut oil, known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), have also shown promise in reducing hunger and body fat. Some research has also found an association between MCT consumption and a reduction in food intake, whereas no human research has been conducted analyzing the effect of CLA on food intake within the same day.
Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to add to the recently growing scientific literature on the possible health benefits of CLA and MCT, by comparing the effects of CLA and MCT consumption at breakfast on satiety and food intake.
Some recent research seems to support the roles of MCT and CLA in promoting satiety, reducing food intake, and supporting weight loss. Adding to the growing literature, the purpose of this study was to compare the effects of MCT and CLA consumption at breakfast on satiety and food intake.