Understanding MCT Oil
MCT stands for Medium chain triglyceride. To understand MCT oil we first have to understand how fats work.
Fat can be classified as shot,medium and long. Fat also are classified as Saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fat is solid at room temperature and are found in butter, lard, high fat meats, full fat dairy. Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and can be found in vegetables, fish,nuts, and seeds. According to The American Heart Association saturated fats tends to raise cholesterol levels in the blood. High cholesterol levels can lead to heart disease and stroke. Unsaturated fats tend to improve cholesterol levels that helps with circulation, the heart, and blood pressure.
One of the negatives information keto get is that people tend to consume lots of saturated fats for fuel. Although there are people who still see weight loss consuming saturated fats, I have a different opinion. Consuming 90% of your fats from unsaturated Healthy sources seems to be a better bet especially for the long run. Accompanied with low glycemic vegetables for me is a winner. So where does MCT oil comes in is it's a medium chain, unsaturated fat which the body utilizes in a different way. The body uses fatty acids for energy especially when on a carb restrictive diet. Long chain fatty acids cannot transport the blood-brain barrier and cannot be used as a source of energy for the central nervous system while medium and short chain fats can transport the blood-brain barrier and can be used as an energy source. Short chain fatty acids are more for your gut health, which is extremely important and is present when vegetables in gut ferment. Medium chain fatty acids ares absorbed quickly and provide instance energy hence they are wonderful for keto. Here are some of the benefits that make MCT oil great.
It can make you feel full
It is a great energy source
Reduces lactate buildup
It can help ease some diseases like autism
It fights bacterial growth and yeast
Can reduce heart disease
Management of sugar levels
If you are fasting , MCT oil can be very beneficial because it can help you get to your next eating time depending on what kind of fasting you are doing.
Because the body uses MCT oil very rapidly, many athletes consume it for the quick energy.
MCT oil is also known for being an addition to coffee (bullet proof coffee) because it helps ease the gritters or the energy crash that can be a side effect of drinking a lot of coffee. MCT oil is also known to increase the ketone production which aids in weight loss and other health benefits.
Not many foods have MCT oil. The following foods are high in MCT oils,
Human breast milk
Cows and Goats milk
Palm kernel oil
Of course if you are consuming dairy I will go for grass finished and organic for the coconut.
I recommend to my clients to eat lots of coconut and to cook with coconut oil.
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