What's The Difference Between MCT Oil & Coconut Oil?
For millennia, the coconut has not only been revered as a “superfood” among tropical cultures around the world, its oil has been used for a range of health-related and domestic uses.
As time has gone by, science has explored the compositional makeup of coconut oil to discover what makes it so rich nutritionally and identified the key substances that are most beneficial for the human body.
As a result, MCT Oil was developed.
This “byproduct” of coconut oil is structured so that certain medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s), otherwise commonly known as “fatty acids”, get absorbed more readily and converted to energy more rapidly.
The word “medium” refers to the chain length of these fatty acids, of which oils can also be made up of short or long chain fatty acids and normally are a combination of several.
The four scientifically identified medium chain fatty acids which contain between 6 and 12 carbon chains are:
- Caproic Acid (C6)
- Caprylic Acid (C8)
- Capric Acid (C10)
- Lauric Acid (C12)
All four of these MCT’s are widely acknowledged as having incredible health benefits, however, lauric acid, the standout component in coconut oil, is most notably absent from MCT oil due to a process called “fractionation”.
The reason for this is related to how lauric acid is metabolised by the human body. C6 and C8 MCT’s when consumed bypass the digestive system and go directly to the liver where they are then quickly converted into energy, whereas lauric acid, like most other fatty acids, will get broken down first in the small intestine.
In a nutshell, MCT Oil has a 100% concentration of these 2 most efficient MCT’s (C8: Caprylic Acid and C10: Capric Acid) for energy, whereas regular coconut oil is naturally made up of only 55% of these.
Coconut Oil, along with extra-virgin Olive Oil, is one of the most lauric acid-rich whole food sources available.
MCT Oil Versus Coconut Oil
Proportion of MCTs
MCTs Present & Proportions
20-50% Capric Acid & 50-80% Caprylic Acid
76% Lauric Acid. 22% Capric, Caprylic & Caproic Acid Combined
The Capric & Caprylic Acids go straight to the liver & rapidly metabolised into ketones.
Due to the Lauric Acid content, the digestion & conversion to energy is slower.
Appearance & Characteristics
Clear, tasteless & remains a liquid at room temperature.
Solidifies & whitens at room temperature. Has a distinctive smell & flavour.
So is MCT Oil Better Than Coconut Oil?
No, not at all. MCT Oil is not better than coconut oil, but highly complementary and just used for a different purpose.
In fact, whole foods in as close to their natural state as possible are always preferable to those which have been processed in any way. However, MCT Oil offers advantages for those people who wish to use it for specific purposes relating to peak physical and mental performance due to its ability to essentially by-pass the digestive system.
Benefits & Uses Of MCT Oil
If you’re wanting to focus on fat loss, boosting your energy and physical performance, incorporating pure MCT Oil into your diet is definitely worth considering thanks to beneficial characteristics:
- Assists with fat burning
- Rapid energy production
- Improves cognitive & exercise performance
- Reduces appetite by promoting satiation
You can consume it in the following ways:
- Add to juices & smoothies
- Prepare "Magic Bullet" Coffee
- Drizzle over salads
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Benefits & Uses Of Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is a natural saturated fat that actually provides a long list of health benefits. It's rich in healthy cholesterol (HDL) which helps to wipe out bad (LDL) cholesterol, promoting a healthy heart and reduced risk of heart dis-ease.
The Lauric Acid contained in Coconut Oil is a powerful bacteria fighter and natural antibiotic, soothing urinary tract and kidney infections and reducing complaints like candida, stomach ulcers and ulcerative colitis.
Coconut Oil reduces oxidative stress in the body and contains many tremendous anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties - when both ingested and/or applied topically - which is why holistic medicine around the world is now turning to Coconut Oil as a remedy for a wide variety of other common and even chronic health problems, including:
- Skin infections
- Gum disease
- Thrush and genital viruses
- Nappy rash
- Colds, flu & bronchitis
- Chicken pox
- Athlete's foot
Additionally, Coconut Oil is powerful for reducing cellulite, inflammation, arthritis, and boosting collagen production, memory and brain function, energy and endurance.
If your intention is to support your cellular, immune function and overall health and wellbeing, you can’t go past making cold pressed coconut oil a part of your daily Self Care routine.
Handy Hint: Coconut Oil is an excellent fuel source when sick in place of just about any food. Consume 1 Tablespoon, 3 times per day (or drizzle over raw vegetables).
Coconut Oil is also one of the best oils for cooking, baking and frying due it's very high heat point, meaning that unlike other oils which should not be used for cooking, it doesn't turn rancid.
Other uses for Coconut Oil include:
- Sun protection & tan enhancement
- Daily moisturiser
- Oil pulling (to remove bacteria from the mouth. Swish a tablespoon in your mouth for 10-15 minutes, 3 times per week to avoid tooth decay and gum disease)
- Adding to toothpowder to make a 'paste'.
Learn more in The Amazing Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Finally, when buying both MCT Oil and Coconut Oil, just be sure to go with raw (unrefined), cold-pressed, high quality organic sources that have absolutely no additives. You'll find these products in our store here.
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