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Effect of dietary medium chain triacylglycerols on plasma triacylglycerol levels in horses

Published: 2002-12-31

Authors:
Hallebeek, J.M. and Beynen, A.C.

Brief content of the article:
The effect of feeding medium chain triacylglycerols (MCT) on the plasma triacylglycerols by increasing the availability of glucose as lipogenic substrate was tested in 4 horses and 4 experimental diets. It was hypothesized that the MCT effect would be greater with glucose in the diet instead of cellulose. However, soybean oil raised the level of plasma significantly and their were no significant effects of carbohydrate source or a fat-carbohydrate interaction. The authors concluded that MCT feeding of horses raised the level of plasma triacylglycerols in the fasting state and suggested that the effect probably relates to a MCT-induced increase in hepatic VLDL secretion due to stimulation of triacylglycerol synthesis by providing extra substrate in the form of acetyl-CoA.

Reference:
Hallebeek, J.M. and Beynen, A.C., Effect of dietary medium chain triacylglycerols on plasma triacylglycerol levels in horses, Arch. Anim. Nutr. 2001. Vol 54. P159 –171.

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