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What is MCT Oil and How Do You Use It in Your Daily Life?

MCT oil in daily life

As intermittent fasting and the keto diet have gained in popularity, the benefits of consuming MCT oil as a nutritional supplement seem to be everywhere. We’ve all seen the headlines, listened to the podcasts and dealt with our friends boasting about their bulletproof coffees.

But what exactly is MCT oil and how should we be using it in order to optimise its benefits?

We cover the basics below so that you too can benefit from this powerful supplement.

First off, What Does MCT Actually Mean?

MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride. MCTs are medium-length chains of saturated fatty acids. There are four common types of MCT: C6, C8, C10, and C12.

The number refers to the number of carbon atoms in the chain. This ranges from six to 12, C6 being the shortest chain and C12 the longest.

  • C8 and C10 are the most desirable and are excellent sources of energy and great for brain health.
  • C6 is known for tasting bitter and can cause stomach upsets.
  • C12, although it’s considered an MCT, is a longer fatty chain (because of the 12 carbon atoms), which makes it harder to metabolise than its shorter brethren.

And What Exactly is So Good About MCT?

MCTs have shorter chains than other fatty acids, which means they’re more easily digested by our bodies compared with longer-chain fats. Medium-chain fats, like MCTs. are quickly digested by the liver and may boost our metabolism, providing an easily digested burst of nutrition. Medium-chain fats are desirable because they’re easily used as energy rather than being stored as fat—which is why they’re often recommended as part of a weight-loss regimen.

MCT oil is refined from coconut oil and contains 100% MCTs, whereas unrefined coconut oil or palm oil has about 50% MCTs.

Benefits of MCT Oil

MCT oil offers a range of health benefits and may help with various conditions. Research is ongoing in these areas, but so far we can recommend MCT oil for:

Energy

As MCTs are easily absorbed and digested, they’re a calorie-dense and potent, fast-hitting energy source. It’s no coincidence that athletes and fitness experts recommend MCT oil for a quick energy fix.

Weight regulation

As MCT oil is processed by the liver, it’s been shown to support ketosis, a process that allows the body to take its energy from fats rather than carbohydrates. If you have read about the keto diet, you’ll be aware that entering a state of ketosis is the main goal of such a regime.

Incorporating MCT oil into your diet can assist you with entering ketosis, a state that’s been linked to weight loss, increased energy, decreased appetite and increased metabolism.

Lowering cholesterol

We all know that high cholesterol is a key factor in heart disease. Although it may seem counterintuitive to consume oil to lower your cholesterol, a recent study found that consuming coconut oil, when compared to soybean oil, reduced bad cholesterol and increased good cholesterol.

How should I Incorporate MCT Oil into My Daily Life?

The easiest way to incorporate MCT oil into your life is by including it in your diet and adding it to foods you already consume. This way, it can easily become part of a routine.

MCT has a mild flavour and can be incorporated into a range of foods, including:

  • smoothies
  • shakes
  • salad dressing
  • marinades
  • homemade sauces
  • coffee

MCT Oil and Coffee

One of the best ways to incorporate MCT oil is by adding it to your morning coffee. Many of us admit to being coffee addicts, so it’s unsurprising that this has become a very popular way of ingesting MCT oil.

Adding MCT oil to coffee results in a souped-up version of your favourite morning beverage. As well as the caffeine buzz you are accustomed to, MCT oil in coffee has been reported to increase energy, improve mental clarity, and supply a feeling of fullness.

Some people use a frother to combine their coffee and MCT oil into a creamy, foamy concoction whereas others simply pour in the oil and stir. Whichever method you choose, this is an excellent way to improve your average cup of joe.

Start Your MCT Journey with Aussie Blue Terpenes

Whether you’re looking to try out the keto diet, or simply interested in including more healthy oils into your diet,  MCT oil is an excellent nutritional supplement. We have a range of Australian made MCT oils to choose from, including bespoke blends tailored to meet your specific health needs.

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