What is MCT Oil?

Not everyone has heard of MCT oil, so let me give you a very brief description of what it is and what it does. MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride and even though it comes from natural sources, there are no natural sources of pure MCT oil. Instead, we take coconut or palm oil and separate the medium-chain triglycerides from the long and short-chain. Short-chain triglycerides typically taste bad and long-chain are not very good for us (although they taste good).

MCT oil is unique because of the way our body uses it. With long chains, as you find in other saturated fats like butter, lard, and all those great tasting fatty foods, our body tends to store them as fat. MCTs, on the other hand, are converted into ketones which are readily used by the body as energy and very little is stored as fat. That makes MCT oil a great energy source without the nasty side effects of clogging your arteries.

But wait a minute, you said ketones and aren’t ketones bad? If you are diabetic or know someone that is, you probably know ketones as something bad that your body creates when you don’t have enough insulin to turn glucose into energy. In that situation, they are bad, but only because your body is being forced to create them. When you consume them, instead of your body creating them, ketones are a great source of energy that do not require insulin in order to use them and don’t get stored as fat.

That said, MCT is not a miracle. It is still an oil and represents a lot of calories. The best use of MCT oil is to replace some of the unhealthy fats in our diet. Use it in salad dressings or replacing other oils in baking. Or here is a tip. Make your peanut butter event healthier. Do you buy that natural peanut butter that has all the peanut oil sitting on top of it? Instead of mixing it back into the peanut butter, pour it off and replace it with MCT oil.

MCT oil should not be used for frying as it burns at a very low temperature. Many people use it in coffee, instead of cream, by placing MCT oil and hot coffee in a blender creating a creamy appearance with the healthy energy it provided.

Consider using a good, organic, pure C8, sourced from coconuts MCT oil in your diet. When possible, replace other less healthy oils. You will be surprised at how good they will make you feel.

We have 4 products that make our list of the best MCT oil. All are organic, non-GMO, sourced from coconuts instead of palm oil, and are pure C8 (the best type of MCT oil). For our specific recommendations read The Best MCT Oil.

For more information on what MCT oil is, checkout Healthline® or WebMD®.

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