What is MCT Oil?
MCT Oil is an acronym for medium chain triglyceride oil. It is derived from coconut oil and is made of mostly caprylic ad capric fatty acids with some lauric acid. It is rare in that most other fatty foods contain long chain triglycerides. MCT oil is odourless, clear and liquid at room temperature.
Benefits of MCT Oil
MCT oil is so miraculous because it is used efficiently by the body for energy. Whereas long chain triglycerides have to go through a long digestive process that involves the gallbladder, bile and the lymphatic system, MCTs actually bypasses the digestive process. They go directly to the liver for metabolising and then get absorbed directly into the blood stream to be used for energy.
It creates ketones and ATP which the body uses for fuel. This is a cleaner form of energy to glucose because it doesn’t require the body to produce insulin. This also means it isn’t likely to be stored as fat.
Other benefits of MCT oil are:
• Increases energy
• Improves immunity
• Improves cholesterol readings
• Helps build cell structures
• Increases absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
• Help to decrease body fat and gain muscle
• Bolster athletic performance by providing a quick source of energy
MCT oil is very beneficial for those with health conditions like AIDS, pancreatitis or cancer where the body may not be able digest efficiently and weight-loss or malnourishment occurs. It is also a good fat source for people with gallbladder problems or who have had their gallbladder removed.
Uses and Recipes
MCT oil is very versatile and can be added to any dish and used to cook all different types of food.
It is probably best known for its use in coffee to make the famous “Bullet Proof Coffee”. This is done by adding 1 tablespoon or butter and one tablespoon of MCT oil to a cup of coffee and blending it until frothy. You can sweeten this and flavour with cinnamon.
It can be used to make a salad dressing by adding one part olive oil to one part vinegar to one part MCT oil.
You can add some MCT oil and some herbs to a scrambled eggs mixture for a healthy breakfast.
A great MCT smoothie would comprise of ½ berries, ½ banana, a handful of spinach, a tablespoon of seeds, water and a tablespoon of MCT oil.
You can also fry any food in MCT oil for a healthier alternative to vegetable oil.