What Is MCT Oil and How Do You Use It?
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When I first heard about adding MCT oil to coffee (aka bulletproof coffee) as a brain- and energy-booster as well as the ability to boost your metabolism, I was definitely intrigued. I mean, who wouldn’t want to start the day with a little extra pep your step? Anyone that follows a Keto diet probably knows about (or has at least heard of) MCT oil, but these days it’s becoming a trendy ingredient in all sorts of eating plans. If you’ve never tried MCT oil and wondering if it’s a good fit for your lifestyle, I’ll go over some MCT oil basics as well as how to use MCT oil.
What is MCT Oil?
MCT is short for medium-chain triglyceride, a compound made of medium-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids naturally occur in sources such as coconut oil, palm oil, goat milk, and even breast milk. MCT oil ($13, Amazon) is a man-made extraction of these fatty acids into a clear, flavorless liquid usually made from coconut oil and palm oil. Why man-made instead of just going for the natural oil on its own? Without getting into too many scientific details, there are also long-chain triglycerides in these natural oils (coconut oil has approximately 65% MCTs while MCT oil supplements have 100%), which lessens the health benefits of consuming only MCTs (more on that next). In general, one tablespoon of MCT oil has approximately 130 calories and 14 grams of saturated fat.
MCT Oil Benefits
When MCTs are consumed, they have a high burn rate in your body (meaning it takes less time to digest), which can boost your metabolism in the process. Studies reveal consuming MCT oil could contribute to weight loss by decreasing food intake and increasing metabolic health. According to Emily Gonzalez, N.D. and scientific affairs manager at Bulletproof, MCT oil also helps provide sustained energy throughout the day and is considered “brain food.” “What’s particularly great about MCTs as opposed to other fats is that they are converted to ketones, an energy source for the body, and are not stored in the body’s fat cells,” Gonzalez says. So if you’re on a low-carb keto diet, your liver turns fat into ketones to feed your brain.
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