MCT Coconut Oil: What's all the fuss about?
You may have heard some of the buzz recently about a popular, 'healthy fat' product, called MCT Oil.
Derived from pure coconut oil, if you’re wanting to boost your metabolism, burn fat, increase physical and mental performance (to name a few benefits), it's definitely worth learning about MCT Oil and how it can benefit you and your health.
What is MCT Coconut Oil?
MCT Coconut Oil is simply a 'clean fuel' derivative of cold-pressed coconut oil that has had one component extracted.
Coconut Oil is a 'saturated fat' that has been embraced dietarily by tropical cultures throughout the world for thousands of years.
And it's no coincidence that these cultures have displayed lower rates of heart disease, obesity etc. despite the false science that states that 'all saturated fats are bad'.
MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides which are naturally occurring fatty acids also found in palm oil, grass-fed butter, whole milk and organic yogurt and cheeses.
However, some of the richest concentrations of MCT's are found in Coconut Oil in these 4 main types:
- Caproic acid (C6)
- Caprylic Acid (C8)
- Capric Acid (C10)
- Lauric Acid (C12)
All of these components are powerful for cellular, immune and cognitive function, the product known as "MCT coconut oil" is actually made by extracting the Lauric Acid from the raw coconut oil.
The end result is a fast and sustainable source of energy that by-passes the digestive system by being sent directly to the liver for fuel.
Lauric Acid is more similar to other fatty acids in that it pass through the stomach and gets broken down in the small intestine before making it into the bloodstream as a form of energy.
Once the Lauric Acid is extracted, the most noticeable difference from regular Coconut Oil, is the clear, odourless oil that maintains liquid form at room temperature any time of year (unlike whole coconut oil which will 'set' in the colder months).
The Truth About Saturated Fats
Over recent decades in most modern developed countries, the public has been misled about the dangers of saturated fats and the myth that ‘fat is bad’ as a result of the promotion of ‘low-fat diets’.
The truth is though that MCT’s like other cold pressed, plant-derived fats are actually very beneficial to your health and this has been backed up by much recent research and studies.
'Good' fats like Coconut Oil, Avocado, Nut Oils, and Extra Virgin Olive Oils should, in fact, be consumed every day as they help to protect the nervous and immune systems of body.
Since ancient times, people around the world have been consuming these types of fats and enjoyed their many benefits with no consequences, other than fantastic and sustained health.
Primary Benefits of MCT Oil
Exercise & Physical Performance
Thanks to their high energy density which is easily converted into a sustainable source of fuel by the body, it’s no surprise that MCT’s have become a significant component of the diet for active people and professional athletes as well!
MCT's by their nature are natural antibiotics which work against ‘bad’ harmful bacteria as well as some parasites, without affecting the ‘good’ healthy bacteria in your gut. This promotes a more balanced ecology of gut flora and can also help improve nutrient absorption.
Brain Health & Cognitive Function
Science is now proving what the ancients have known for millennia about the connection between gut and brain health.
Due to their structure, ketones have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and provide a fuel source for the central nervous system.
The human brain is mostly made up of fatty acids so by providing it with nourishment and fuel from MCT’s we can, in fact, improve its functioning leading to clearer thinking and enhanced cognitive performance which can assist memory and learning.
Thanks to its non-typical molecular structure, the body metabolises MCT Oil in a way which gives rise to the following overall benefits:
- Ease of digestion
- Energy level boosting
- Enhanced nutrient absorption
- Fat loss promotion
- Hunger suppression
- Heart health protection
- Mood enhancement.
How to Use MCT Coconut Oil
As a result of its lack of taste or smell, you can easily add MCT Oil to soft foods and smoothies for its nutritional benefits without it impacting the taste of what you're eating.
Keep in mind though that a little can go a long way, so in the beginning take half a teaspoon or so and work your way up to larger quantities in order to get your body used to it.
You can also use it to cook with, providing the temperature is not too high, as anything above 150°C will cause MCT Oil to start oxidising and breaking down.
The best way to use MCT Coconut Oil is in the preparation of raw food:
- Substitute it for olive oil on Salads
- Mixed into Gaucamole
- Add it to smoothies and raw deserts
- Add it to Raw Nut Butters like Peanut or Almond
And, if you want the best of both worlds you can blend both Coconut and MCT Oils together!
Another very popular way to benefit from MCT Oil is to prepare a "Magic Bullet Coffee", where you prepare an organic black coffee and add Coconut Butter and MCT Oil, mix and sip for a delicious, energy-boosting and health-promoting hot drink.
How to Make Magic Bullet Coffee
Many strength and endurance athletes are now incorporating this into their routines and you can try it for yourself before vigorous exercise, to see how it works for you.
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