MCT oil is an awesome addition to your keto diet. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. MCTs are medium chain fatty acids. Medium chain refers to the length of their chemical structure, being medium chain means that they are more easily absorbed by the body than longer chain fatty acids. MCTs are easily processed by the liver into ketones which provides energy for those following the ketogenic diet.

Benefits of MCT Oil for your diet

Historically, saturated fats have been demonized and people have the misconception that they are bad for our health. The tide is turning however, more and more research is proving their many health benefits.

We need to understand that fat is an essential macronutrient for a healthy, well balanced diet . Our bodies first energy source is glucose, but glucose is a quick burn fuel source. Fat such as MCT oil however, can provide longer lasting energy.

Various nutritionists recommend diets with reduced intake of fat. Uninformed clients listen to their advice, not realizing that they are making a huge mistake. Fat from healthy sources should not be restricted whilst following a low carb/ketogenic diet.

 

MCT oil is an ideal food supplement and serves as a replacement for the industrial oil we use. Its chemical composition makes this oil easy to absorb by the body, so nutrients enter directly into the bloodstream, which makes the digestion process easier than long chain fatty acids.

What is MCT Oil?

MCT oil is derived from coconuts or palm kernel oil. The MCTs are extracted from the oil by a process called fractionation. MCT oil is a saturated fat, this means that there are no double bonds between carbon molecules because they are saturated with hydrogen molecules. Saturated fats are needed for proper growth and development, rapid recovery after injury and illness, as well as a powerful energy source amongst other functions in the body. As we have already said, many people consider saturated fat unhealthy and are trying to eliminate them from their everyday nutrition. Yes, we agree that it is necessary to reduce the intake of saturated fatty acids, but only those found in industrial products and fast food.

Nutritionists, those who know that fat intake is necessary, claim that MCT Oil is the most effective in combination with low carb ingredients because it is the best way saturated fat will be successfully metabolized.

MCT oil is derived from coconuts or palm kernel oil. The MCTs are extracted from the oil by a process called fractionation. MCT oil is a saturated fat, this means that there are no double bonds between carbon molecules because they are saturated with hydrogen molecules. Saturated fats are needed for proper growth and development, rapid recovery after injury and illness, as well as a powerful energy source amongst other functions in the body. As we have already said, many people consider saturated fat unhealthy and are trying to eliminate them from their everyday nutrition. Yes, we agree that it is necessary to reduce the intake of saturated fatty acids, but only those found in industrial products and fast food.

Nutritionists, those who know that fat intake is necessary, claim that MCT Oil is the most effective in combination with low carb ingredients because it is the best way saturated fat will be successfully metabolized.

Why is MCT so important?

 

Medium-chain fats contain minimum 6 and maximum 12 carbon chains. Which makes MCT oils easier to absorb into the body, energy is released through the process of caloric thermogenesis (fat burning). Although it is a form of saturated fat, it doesn’t store as fat; in fact, it boosts fat burning and reduces oxidation and decomposition of proteins.

These oils behave more like carbohydrates than like fat. In addition to providing muscles with energy and helping fat burning, it is also important for the production of the ATP energy molecule. MCT oil is a clean fuel and acts as an alternative source of energy to glucose or carbohydrate.

Because of the ease of the easy conversion of MCT oil into ketones in the body, it’s a real asset to incorporate into the keto diet. It’s keto energy in a bottle! 

Chemical structure

 

The best MCT oil consists of three chains of fatty acids connected to a glycerol basis, and two of them are of medium length. MCT’s come in 4 types, C6, C8, C10, C12. The C stands for carbon, and the number is the number of carbon atoms attached. While all four of these MCT’s have their benefits, the two that are most efficiently converted into ketones by our body are C8 and C10. Products that focus on these two are the best spend your money on.

 

Health benefits of MCT oil

 

Weight loss and improved digestion

 

Our body absorbs MCT oils efficiently and quickly like it does with carbohydrates, but without eliciting an insulin response. Consuming MCT oil is beneficial, especially if you are on a diet which requires a low carb intake, such as a Keto diet. These oils provide stable and persistent energy as fat can, but are much more difficult to transfer into fatty tissue. Moreover, this oil is an excellent metabolism booster, because it boosts the body’s ability to burn existing fat stores due to thermogenesis process.

 

 

MCT oil can help improve the balance of good bacteria in our gut. It has been shown to be a powerful natural antibiotic which is capable of killing certain strains of bad bacteria.

 

Fat is the only macronutrient that won’t cause an increase of insulin, a hormone that is responsible for creating fatty deposits in our body.

MCT Oil for better brain function

It is a scientific fact that there is a connection between your digestive system and your brain. In simple words, what we eat can influence how we think and feel.

 

The brain cannot fully utilize the energy obtained from free sugar, such as glucose. Research shows that fatty acids which are processed in the liver can increase the level of ketones in the blood and thus provide energy for brain cells. This is especially important for the treatment of people suffering from Alzheimer’s because increased intake of MCT oils may reduce the symptoms of this disease.
Improving immunity and overall health

 

 

Lauric acid, known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, is found in MCT oil. Like all fatty acids, it also has antioxidant features, so consuming these acids is beneficial especially during the winter, when people are most likely to become ill. Lauric acid creates an unfriendly environment for bacteria and parasites, helping to rid them from our system.

 

Dosage and possible side effects

 

No matter what form MCT oil comes in it can be beneficial, its benefits are great, especially while following a low carb or keto diet. Today, MCT powder oils or MCT capsules can be found on the market, advertised as dietary supplements. As with most oils, overconsumption can get everything “moving” in the bowels! So start slow, try a teaspoon and see how you go with that. If you tolerate a teaspoon well, go with whatever recommendation comes with the supplement. Try and get your MCT oil from sustainable sources, it will say on the bottle whether or not it has come from a sustainable source.

 

If you do experience GI distress whilst taking MCT oil, capsules or MCT powder could be another option for you. MCT powder is the oil mixed with a carrier fibre, it makes it easier to mix powder into coffee, or to add it to baked goods.

 

Mct oil powder

 

MCT oil powder is a great option for anyone who has difficulty digesting MCT oil. It is also very handy for travelling with, and using for things like adding to baked goods. MCT oil powder is made by spraying the oil through an atomizer and combining it with fibre to give it a powder like texture. The fibre used to mix the MCT’s with can vary in quality, product to product. Good carrier fibres are –

Acacia fibre

Tapioca starch

Acacia fibre is good for the gut, and tapioca starch is non allergenic. Carrier’s to avoid are –

Corn fibers

Maltodextrin-based carriers

Liquid glucose

You will be able to see on the nutrition information label which carrier has been used. The price to pay for opting for a cheap alternative carrier could be that you get knocked out of ketosis, or gut distress. Put crap in the body, get crap out in my opinion!

How to choose the best MCT oil

Choosing the best MCT oil really comes down to asking a few questions –

Has the MCT oil been ethically sourced?

As mentioned earlier, MCT oil can come from either coconuts or palm oil. Does the MCT oil come from a sustainable source? Or is a sh*t load of natural habitat being cut down to make it? Coconuts are generally sustainably sourced, whereas palm kernel oil has a bad reputation with unsustainable practices being widespread, leaving natural habit in places like Indonesia decimated. You decide whether you want to be a part of this process. 

 

 

Does it contain mostly C8 and C10 MCT’s?

While all 4 MCT’s have benefits, we really want the good stuff don’t we? The stuff that’s going to give us a keto energy boost? Aim for MCT which contains both C8, and C10

Does it contain any artificial fillers, colours or sweeteners?

If you are buying pure oil, it probably hasn’t been mixed with any colours or sweeteners. however, there may be another oil added to bulk it out, so read the label carefully. Be careful when buying MCT oil powders and other related products, they may have hidden surprises in them that we don’t want.

Has the oil been binded to a suitable carrier?

If your opting for MCT oil powder, choose one which uses either acacia fibre, or tapioca starch, stay away from the nasty stuff.

Which MCT oil ticks all of these boxes?

I am a huge fan of perfect keto’s products. Their MCT oil is no exception, it ticks all of the boxes and best of all, it gives me great energy and it comes in three awesome natural flavours, matcha, chocolate, vanilla. Unflavoured is also an option. Main points –

* Sourced from coconuts

* C8 and C10 MCT only

* All natural

* Their MCT oil powder in binded to acaia fibre

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