MCT oil gained popularity because of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee and Dr. Mark Hyman’s Pegan diet. Both the Bulletproof and Pegan eating plans focus on a high fat intake. Of course, they don’t recommend you eat loads of milkshakes and french fries to attain a high-fat diet; they are focused on consuming healthy fats.
MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides. It is a super-charged fat that allows your body to create cellular energy faster than any other food or fat. It is extracted from coconut oil although it doesn’t look or taste anything like it. MCT is a concentrated source of fat, so start at a low serving size to allow your body to recruit the needed digestive enzymes. I recommend starting with 2 teaspoons per meal. MCT oil is a perfect addition to a meal replacement protein shake or warm beverage. It is tasteless so it can be used as a salad dressing or eaten by the teaspoon.
There are many brands of Medium Chain Triglycerides oil available. They range from 3-ounce bottles all the way up to a 32-ounce bottle. Cheaper brands sell you cheaper MCT oil that is more likely to cause “disaster pants.” The problem with cheap MCT oil is that it contains a lot of C12 lauric acid. This acid is highly processed and contains multiple hexanes and chemicals due to the manufacturing process. When you shop for MCT oil, look for a brand that specifies that you are buying C8 (caprylic acid) and C10 (capric acid). NuMedica offers a USP pharmaceutical grade MCT oil without C12 (the one that causes disaster pants).
Healthy fats, like MCT, allow you to feel satisfied and full. They curb your appetite and aid in fat loss. MCT ignites your fat-burning metabolism resulting in less dependence on carbohydrates. Beyond helping with satiety and weight loss, MCTs have improved cognition in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients. Bio-hackers and entrepreneurs are adding MCT oil to their daily regime to optimize their brain function and focus.
MCT is a helpful tool for any high-fat diet. Whether you are a beginner with diabetes and looking to cut carb consumption, or you are an experienced keto dieter, MCT will provide fast energy and more mental clarity. Are you looking for tools to help you kick your carb habit? Contact Carly@HealthyHabitsLiving.com for a personalized meal program including healthy fats and MCT oil.
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