What's the hype for MCT oil?

MCT oil is popping up in health food stores across the nation and around the globe. I posted on instagram about MCT oil recently and was asked what is MCT oil used for? So to my new friends and followers here is the scoop on MCT oil.

I am here to tell you about MCT oil and why it's so hot right now. 

MCT is the acronym for medium chain triglycerides. What does this really mean? MCT's are partially man-made fats. The name for MCT refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. Many companies make MCT oils by processing coconut and palm oil in a laboratory, so be careful when buying just any MCT oil. The 'medium' length refers to the makeup of the chemical structure. 

Fats are made up of hydrogen and carbon. Short chain fatty acids have less than 6 carbons. Medium have six to twelve carbons and long chain fatty acids have 13 to 21 (also known as EPA and DHA- which can be found in fish oils). Therefore, there are three separate fatty acids known as: 

1. Caproic acid: also known as hexanoic acid (C6:0)

2. Caprylic acid: known also as octanoic acid (C8:0)

3.Capric acid: known also as decanoic acid (C10:0)

4. Lauric acid: known to have (C12:0) 

Common names for thes first three particular acids listed above come from the latin word caper meaning 'goat.'

So why use MCT's?

MCT's are great for the body to be able to break down and use as energy.

MCT's have been studied to help with brain health and possible clearer thinking, but one thing to know about MCT oil is that MCT's can also be found in other foods. Below are the following foods that also contain MCT's. 

1. Coconut oil 15%

2.Yogurt 6.6% 

3.Milk 6.9% 

4.Butter 6.8%

5. Cheese 7.3%

6. Palm kernel oil: 7.9%

Mct's are also good for your health. They can help combat harmful bacteria, funghi, parasites and viruses. It's no wonder the last week since I have been using MCT oil, my energy has spiked a bit.

MCT's are used by the body as energy versus being stored as fat. Sadly, the western diets also known as the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) and information that we have been led to believe for so long, has talked about how fat is bad for you.

Quite the opposite is true. Healthy fats such as coconut oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, olive oil and butter (or ghee if you cannot handle the milk protein in butter), are all very good for your health. Along with good fats, cholesterol is also good for you. A misnomer I will be talking more about in another article.

The question that I have found that has come up recently is how is MCT oil processed and what is the difference between MCT oil and regular 'ole coconut oil?

MCT oil is more concentrated than ordinary coconut oil. MCT as noted is made up of caprylic, caproic and capric acids and possibly lauric acid, but coconut oil is made up more of 60-65% lauric acid. Coconut oil is a great source of fat along with MCT oil.

If you are looking for the lauric acid component which studies show is great for antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties, then using just organic and non-gmo coconut oil will do the trick.

MCT's are usually straight MCT's (but beware of brands that process their MCT oil with hexane or palm oil), so I recommend it is best to stay away from those brands that process their MCT's this way. Reading labels is the key to getting the best MCT oil on the market.

The brand that I have been using for the last week is a new product by Garden of Life.

It is organic and non-gmo MCT oil and so far I am very impressed. I do realize there are many other brands on the market, but thus far Garden of Life has the only MCT oil that is certified organic and non gmo that I have seen in stores. I do however want to try other brands, to see if they live up to the test, but for now I will stick to the properly labeled organic and non-gmo MCT oil (as pictured below).

MCToil

In regard to certifications I always recommend going with the cleaner version of anything including your foods, that can be grass fed, organic and non-gmo. In the next article follow along to learn more about what these certifications mean and how to choose great clean brands that I recommend.

** Please note all opinions are my own and I am not paid to produce any of these articles.**