Ah, now I understand, thank you! So there are MCTs of different lengths, gotcha.
Like many foods in their whole form, the sum is greater than its parts. My hunch is that the less-effective C12’s gut benefits do play a huge functional/complementary role for the neurons in the gut/enteric nervous system - as my boosting experiences with Coconut Oil and brain function, on just 1-2 tablespoons a day, have been distinct compared to no CO.
A whole other level of brain functionality, plus consistent recomposition/thermogenics despite the deck stacked against me (non-obese midlife female), etc. I’ve experimented with days off the Coconut oil (but with same level of fat from some combo of cream, butter, ghee, or bacon fat instead) and it’s quite a noticeable difference.
So, I’m inclined to embrace the full spectrum of MCTs then (the long, the medium, and the short) as playing roles in what Masterjohn PhD and Fife MD are talking about in providing ease of access to ketosis and a protective role regardless of carbs.