Putting a spotlight on a health food product that some of you may not be aware of ~ MCT Oil. It’s pretty tiring to live with low fat dogma, so many folks who are misled have an utter lack of healthy saturated fats in their diets.
I said HEALTHY FATS, not the deep-fried, cancer-causing stuff!
MCT can be found in coconuts, coconut oil and palm kernel oil, small amounts of MCT can be found in butter and other high-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows and goats.
DO NOT CONFUSE extremely unhealthy industrial versions of coconut & palm oil (hydrogenated) with organic, virgin and unrefined oils available as “health foods.”
MCTs are medium chain triglycerides & can be turned into ketones, which are an excellent source of energy for your body — (better than glucose).Ketones produce less reactive oxygen species (ROS) when metabolized to produce ATP.Ketone supps are still under development so your best bet is to use MCTs found in foods and supplements.
My favourite (more costly) type of MCT is straight C8 (caprylic acid). It converts ketones faster than C10 fats & digests well.
Coconut oil provides a mix of all the medium-chain fats, including C6, C8, C10 and C12.When it comes to curbing hunger you want C8 and C10.Ketones aid in suppressing the hunger hormone.
MCT oil can be consumed every day. If just starting; 1 teaspoon of MCT oil per day with a handful of nuts, with creamer in your coffee or as one of the oils in your salad dressing. Once your tolerance increases, increase that amount to 4 tbsp per day. One of the ways you can improve your tolerance is by using the powdered form in shakes or home baked keto muffins or breads.MCT oil is more easily digested by those struggling to digest other types of fats ie; sufferers of malabsorption, leaky gut, Crohn’s disease or gallbladder infections/removals.
MCTs enhance thermogenesis and fat oxidation, thereby suppressing the deposition and accumulation of body fat.In other words, they have a heating effect, and your body can readily use ketones as fuel for energy in lieu of carbs. When you burn fat and produce more ketones using MCT, you are provided with effects that are very similar to the keto diet without having to reduce your net carbs as drastically.
MCTs Are Part of a Healthy Diet — They’re Not a Miracle Cure
If you are interested in trying this oil out for yourself, start slow and mind your guts! As always, a clean diet and regular exercise come first in maintaining a healthy weight, strong bones and low stress life.
xx – S