"Saturated fats, on the other hand, fortify the intestinal barrier, and medium-chain saturated fats, in addition to fortifying the intestinal barrier, bypass absorption via chylomicrons. Instead, medium chain fats are delivered to the liver, where they are rapidly oxidized for energy generation in mitochondria.
Over time – on the order of weeks – membrane lipids in certain cells, including the intestinal cells, will reflect the types of fat consumed, near perfectly. A consequence of these changes in membrane lipids concerns the enzymes that function in their proximity."
Andrew Kim Blog: Saturated fats, unsaturated fats, endotoxin, and implications of the Mani study