MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride, a fat naturally found in coconut and palm oil. MCTs have become incredibly popular with adherents of both the Paleo and ketogenic diets. (What’s the difference? Learn more about that here.) Like every other trending wellness ingredient out there, it seems, medium-chain triglycerides are poised for a huge surge in popularity for the next few years.
MCT oil saw it’s first surge in popularity after health expert Dave Asprey launched Bulletproof, a brand focused around one coffee drink made with butter and MCT oil. Here are some facts on MCTs and why you should consider making it a part of your diet…
MCTs have an unusual chemical structure… that allows the body to digest the fats easily, turning them into fuel rather than stored fat. Most fats are digested in the intestine and transported by the blood, but MCTs are absorbed intact and transported to the liver. In the liver they are used directly for energy, telling the body to burn fat.
MCTs are more easily and rapidly digested… than other types of fats. They require fewer enzymes to be released by the digestive organs and less bile to be released by the gallbladder for breakdown and absorption.
MCTs are believed to stimulate fat burning, metabolism and energy production. Some studies have found that eating medium-chain triglycerides on a regular basis produces improvements in body composition (ratio of fat to lean tissue) and enhances athletic performance. A study also suggests that MCTs improve insulin sensitivity, aid weight loss in those with diabetes and might theoretically be helpful for those who have trouble digesting fatty foods.
how to use MCt Oil: MCT oil can be purchased as a liquid or obtained from eating both palm and coconut oil. With a high smoke point, all forms of MCT oil are good to cook or bake with and offer a healthier substitute for high-heat cooking than oils with lower smoke points such as olive oil.
MCT oil makes a great salad dressing or can add an extra frothy and filling element to smoothies or coffee and tea drinks. Naomi Whittel also makes a Creamy MCT you can eat right off the spoon. Naomi’s version has a creamier texture and subtly sweet flavor that make it a really nice way to knock back healthy fats throughout the day.