MCT and Ketosis
Instead of requiring pancreatic enzymes and bile to be digested for absorption (as needed for LCTs), MCTs are absorbed directly through the gut, into the blood stream and sent straight to the liver. Here, MCTs are converted to ketone bodies – the by-product of fat being utilised for energy, which can be used by the brain, heart and other muscles.
MCTs also allow our bodies to reach ketosis (the process of burning fat for energy) faster and more easily, and because they do not store as fat in the body, can also help with weight management, endurance and physical performance.
How to use MCTs
MCTs are practically tasteless, which makes them easy to include in your diet. Start by taking a tablespoon a day and build up to two or three tablespoons per day for best results. Do not cook with MCT oils as they have a low smoke point and their chemical structure changes when exposed to heat. Instead, add MCT to your morning tea or coffee, smoothie, breakfast cereals or oats (after cooking) and salad dressings. And did you know that adding healthy fats to a meal improves the absorption of fat soluble vitamins (such as A, D, E and K) and some antioxidants found in fruit and veggies? (Thanks to Womans’ Health )