For many years, medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), with a chain length of eight and ten carbon atoms, have been included in preterm infant formulas. MCTs are manufactured by reesterification of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) from coconut oil, and their intestil1al absorption is assumed to be nearly complete, in contrast with "regular" long-chain triglycerides (LCTs). There is however no consensus on the exact benefit of their routine use in the preterm neonate

, , ,
The studies described in the thesis were made possible by grants of the Sophia Foundation for Scientific Research (Sophia Stichting voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, S.S.W.O.) and Nutricia, The Netherlands.
P.J.J. Sauer (Pieter)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Sulkers, E. (1993, May 12). The use of medium-chain triglycerides in preterm infants. Retrieved from