The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 135–138 | Cite as

Comparison of isocaloric quantities of medium-chain tryglyceride and carbohydrate in promoting weight gain in short bowel rats

  • John Hastings
  • Michael D. Levitt


Weight gain was studied in short-bowel rats fed diets consisting of rat chow supplemented with isocaloric quantities of long chain triglycerides (LCT), medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) or carbohydrate. Compared with the LCT-supplemented diet, MCT supplementation did not result in a significant weight gain, while a significantly increased weight gain was obtained by the rats on a sucrose- or maltose-supplemented diet. These studies suggest that while the caloric content per gram of disaccharides is only one-half that of MCT, disaccharides were better absorbed than MCT and thus provided as good, if not a better, source of calories for short-bowel rats.


Public Health Sucrose Carbohydrate Triglyceride Weight Gain 
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© Hoeber Medical Division • Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hastings
    • 1
  • Michael D. Levitt
    • 1
  1. 1.From the Department of MedicineUniversity of Minnesota HospitalsMinneapolis

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