Interviewer: Are there other sources, food sources, of the medium
triglycerides or at least any that are comparable to coconut oil?
Mary T. Newport, MD: The next best is called palm kernel oil which you
don't find on the shelf in the United States. It's not easy to come by.
Dr. Newport: It is used in infant formulas, though, so it is out there.
Palm oil has a very tiny bit of it. Not very much. It's sometimes used
though, I guess they separate it for other reasons, but they'll use the
medium change from it to make medium change triglyceride oils and human
About 10 to 17 percent of the fats in human breast milk are medium change
triglycerides. And that kind of makes you think if it's in breast milk,
it's probably there for a reason.
Dr. Newport: And goat milk has a comparable, actually a little bit more
grams of for the same volume of medium change triglycerides in goat milk.
So that's a source of it and so then goat cheeses; feta cheese, some whole
milk, actually, heavy cream, butter, the whole fat milk have some medium
change triglycerides in it. And, again, in this country we're told to eat
low fat or fat-free milk. So we don't get the advantage of having even that
little bit of medium change triglyceride from that. So those are really the
common sources of medium change triglycerides.