MCT oil seems to be commonplace now, with most health and fitness nerds at least trying out a Bulletproof coffee. But why should we use it?
Remember when fats were just another horrible F-word? But, from recent research, we're starting to understand and accept the importance of healthy fats in our diet.
Enter, MCT Oil. MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride, which are made in the processing of coconut and palm oils. These oils are more rapidly broken down, and absorbed by the body. This means that they are less likely to be stored as fat, and used instead for fuel.
MCTs can be found in pure coconut and palm kernel oils, however these are also paired with a host of other fats. So remember, MCT oil is not simply coconut oil. In fact, MCT oil is liquid at room temperature, while coconut oil is not (except in the heat of summer!)
MCTs have also been shown to enhance weight loss. This is due to a variety of factors, including their ease of breakdown, providing more energy and endurance to its user, and because MCTs are known to be "thermogenic". Basically, this means that they help to burn fat more effectively.
If you're following a low-carb or Ketogenic diet you likely already know the positive benefits of including healthy fats like MCTs. But you don't need to be no-carb to add this healthy oil to your diet.
Here are a few ways to include MCT oil in your diet:
- Add 1 tablespoon to your morning oatmeal
- Make a Collagen Coffee using MCT Oil and Collagen Powder
- Put in on your popcorn in place of butter
- Mix it with lime and salt for a tasty salad dressing
- Add a tablespoon to your smoothie
There is one word of caution when starting to incorporate MCT oil into your diet: slow and steady wins the race.
When you first start taking MCT oil, it is best to introduce it with food (like the oatmeal mentioned above), to reduce side effects like diarrhea and intestinal discomfort.
What should you look for when purchasing MCT Oil?
- Choose brands that use pure coconut oil to derive their MCTs. It is the healthier alternative, and palm oil has a very long and dirty history.
- Check to see if the brand has a coconut oil that they sell and do a little research on where they're getting their coconuts from.