What are MCTs?
MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride. MCTs are fats found in foods like coconut oil. These fats get their name from their chemical structure. Fats consist of chains of carbon molecules connected to hydrogen atoms. Short-chain fats have six carbons or less. Medium-chain fats contain between six and 12 carbons, while long-chained fats, such as the omega-3 fats docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), have 13 to 21 carbons. MCTs are metabolized differently than the long-chain triglycerides (LCT) found in many other foods.
Clean and Usable Fuel
When many fats, such as LCTs, are taken into the body need to be mixed with bile, released from the gallbladder, and acted on by pancreatic enzymes to break them down in the digestive system. MCTs don’t need bile or pancreatic enzymes. When they reach the intestines, they diffuse through the intestinal membrane into the bloodstream. From there, MCTs are transported directly to the liver, which naturally converts them into ketones. These ketones are released back into the bloodstream, so they can be transported throughout the body for energy. Ketones even have the special ability to cross the blood-brain barrier to supply the brain with energy.12
MCT Oils other Possible Health Benefits include:
- Aids Weight Loss13
- Promote Brain Health14
- Help prevent Metabolic Syndrome
An Important Warning, in Regard to Taking MCT Oil
if you consume high amounts initially before you develop tolerance to them, they can cause loose stools and gastrointestinal (GI) side effects. I would start out taking no more than 1 teaspoon of MCT oil to start. Have it at the same time as another fat, for example, with a handful of nuts, with ghee in your coffee or as one of the oils in your salad dressing. Once your tolerance increases, you can slowly increase that amount to as high as 4 tablespoons of MCT oil per day.
No sweat recipe of the week
MCT Oil Salad Dressing
- ½ Avocado (or 2 “pasture-raised” egg yolks, just the yolks)
- 3 TBSP MCT Oil (Recommended companies Onnit, Bulletproof, Wildfoods)
- 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar (Brand = Braggs)
- 1/3 of a medium sized Cucumber
- A 3 finger pinch of Sea Salt (or to taste)
- Fresh or dried Cilantro (coriander) or Oregano (or both)
- (Optional) 2 TBSP Coconut oil
- (Optional Sweetener) Small pinch of Xylitol or Stevia
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until dressing is thick and creamy
IMPORTANT: Don’t blend too long, the heat created by the blender blade could damage the MCT oil