5 Important Facts About MCT Oils You Should Know!
We have been enthusiastically researching a very popular and exciting health product called MCT oil (a Paleo and Keto diet must-have). We have learned what exactly it is, about all the amazing health benefits, what to look for in a quality product and what to avoid. Here we disclose what we found to be 5 most important facts to know about MCT oil.
What is MCT oil?
IMPORTANT FACT #1
"MCTs burn fat and are a sugar and caffeine free way to increase energy naturally."
Simply put, MCT oil is certain types of healthy fats in an oil form. What makes MCTs so special are their molecular makeup. Fat molecules include a "body" and a "tail" of a chain of carbon and hydrogen molecules that vary in length.
MCT stands for Medium-Chain Triglycerides, which are in between the longer and shorter chain fat molecules.
MCTs have been found to be easiest for the body to break down and use as a naturally produced energy source without the storage of excess fat in the body or any of the "crashing" effects of sugar or caffeine.
MCT oil is a virtually clear, odorless, and tasteless oil that can be added to drinks, dressings, and more!
IMPORTANT FACT #2
"MCT oils are not all created equal. There are only 2 considered true and are the most effective for fueling energy without slowing your metabolism."
There are many different types of MCT oils but the 2 most effective for a quick energy source without slowing down your metabolism are called C8 (Caprylic Acid) and C10 (Capric Acid) - they are so called for the number of carbons molecules in their chain. These 2 types of MCT oil are considered "true biological" MCT oils and are the only two to bypass the liver process and convert directly into energy.
C8 (Caprylic Acid) can help maintain a healthy gut and is the fastest to metabolize in the brain, and C10 (Capric Acid) is it is the second shortest chain to quickly bypass the liver and be converted directly into energy.
Why would I want to use MCT oil?
The Ketogenic diet (explained here) has really brought MCT oil into the spotlight recently as being one of the top recommended ketogenic supplements to use when following the diet plan. This is mainly because adding MCTs to your diet can increase the number of carbs you can eat while remaining in fat burning state of ketosis.
IMPORTANT FACT #3
"KETO & PALEO folks love it, but MCT oil has amazing health benefits for all!"
Even if you are not following a Ketogenic diet plan, MCT oil can be used for some great health benefits such as weight management, increased energy and cognitive focus, and cardiovascular and gut health.
- MCTs have been shown to improve mental performance
- MCTs can provide a natural source of energy for the brain and muscles
- MCTs are not stimulants-they do not raise heart rate or blood pressure
- Studies show that MCTs (mainly C8 and C10) may increase the body's ability to burn fat and calories
- Studies found that MCTs balance hormones that help reduce appetite and help increase feelings of fullness
- MCTs support digestion and nutrient absorption
Where does MCT oil come from?
IMPORTANT FACT #4
"To experience maximum health benefits a high quality organic MCT oil from the best source is a must!"
You can get trace amounts of MCT oils from foods directly but most of the time there is not enough true MCTs for the maximum benefits. For the most effective, concentrated amount of MCTs 8 and 10, a high quality, properly sourced, 100% organic MCT oil is the way to go.
- Perfect MCT Oil: 100%
- Coconut oil: 15% (Mostly other types of MCTs that have other health benefits)
- Palm kernel oil: 7.9% (highly recommended to not use)
- Cheese: 7.3% (not a high source)
- Butter: 6.8% (not a high source)
- Milk: 6.9% (not a high source)
- Yogurt: 6.6% (not a high source)
IMPORTANT FACT #5
"NEVER use Palm kernel based MCT oil! Find out why!"
The palm oil industry is responsible for the deforestation for large parts of the rainforest and the large-scale production of palm crops in these areas are driving native people from their homes. It is highly recommended to use MCT oils derived from coconut oil, which is more environmentally conscious and sustainable.
These are 5 facts we found most important to know when considering MCT oil use. If you have any questions or information for us or have experienced any personal benefits from MCT oil let us know in the comments below!