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Have you heard the buzz about MCT and coconut oil?
It can sure be confusing. On the one hand, we have been told lately that the saturated fat in oils such as coconut oil is bad for us. Then you have me telling you that it can actually help you burn more fat!
So what’s the real answer?
Let’s find out!
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. They are a type of fatty acid that is derived from coconut oil. MCTs are also a unique form of saturated fat with very potent antioxidant and anti-microbial properties that support your immune system. They also provide anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and even anti-viral benefits.
Medium-chain fats are digested easily and sent directly to your liver, where they have a thermogenic effect and the ability to positively alter your metabolism. This is one reason why many people claim that MCTs, including coconut oil, are burned by the body for energy, or “fuel,” instead of being stored as fat.
In various trials, MCTs have shown a lot of promise compared to other fats. They seem to have a lot of hormonal and metabolic benefits and may be helpful in treating diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
Benefits of MCT Oil:
- Easier to digest
- Burned by the body for energy rather than being stored as fat
- Supports our hormones
- Maintains good gut health
- Fights bacterial infection and viruses
- Aids in weight loss
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There are actually a few different forms of MCT oils, some that are likely more effective than others.
The four different kinds of MCTs are: caprioc (C6:0), caprylic (C8:0), capric (C10:0) and lauric (C12:0) acids. Generally speaking, the shorter the chain (meaning the lower the number of carbons the acid has), the faster the body can turn the fatty acids into usable energy, in the form of ketones. Ketones are what the body produces when it’s using fat for energy instead of glucose.
When buying MCT oil, I recommend reading the label to see which kinds of MCTs are in the oil you’re buying. For example, the more C8:0, the higher quality the MCT oil is. I also like to look to make sure it’s coming from a good quality source (i.e. non-GMO source.)
Regardless of the exact kind of MCT, all are still beneficial for overall health — especially for people who have a difficult time digesting other forms of fats, including anyone with malabsorption problems, digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease, gallbladder infections, etc.
There’s been no shortage of coconut oil uses and treatments proven by recent research — it provides not only MCTs (especially abundant levels of lauric acid) but also antibacterial properties, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and more.
Coconut oil is actually 62% MCT oil. However, it is not necessarily in the same form you’d find in MCT oil. That 62% is made up of a combination of the 4 types of MCTs listed above. All of these forms are beneficial, but when a person buys an “MCT oil,” he or she is typically trying to consume Capric acid (C10) and Caprylic Acid (C8).
The MCT composition of coconut oil is largely from lauric acid (C12), which some biochemists argue is not a true medium chain fatty acid since it acts different in the body. However, there are many benefits of lauric acid.
Benefits of Lauric Acid and Coconut Oil
- Has strong antimicrobial and antibacterial properties
- Linked to lower risk for heart disease
- Aids in skin health
- Reduces inflammation in the body
- Improves digestion
- Improves oral health
- Aids in weight loss
Both coconut oil and MCT are beneficial, and I use them in different ways.
I typically put MCT oil in my fat burning latte for long lasting, quick energy. I use coconut oil in my cooking and baking for it’s lauric acid and immune benefits. I even consume 1 tsp of coconut oil before a meal to help coat my digestive system.
Since consuming more coconut and MCT oil, I have noticed that I do NOT gain fat! I’ve even cut back on my workouts and stopped counting calories. This just goes to show that FAT does NOT make you FAT!
Of course, this depends on the TYPE of fat you consume. If you consume loads of omega-6 fats such as seed, bean, or grain oils (which include corn, soy, sunflower and canola oils), these types of fats, once ingested, are transported to the lymphatic system and not to the blood, which means your fat tissues absorb them.
You can enjoy both coconut oil and quality MCT oil for their numerous benefits, just make sure you buy a high quality MCT oil that clearly states what the ingredients are and how it was produced. This is the one I use and love.
I want to hear from you all. Do you use MCT or coconut oils regularly? How has it affected you?