What is MCT oil?
MCT oil is a source of medium chain fatty acids (Medium Chain Triglycerides). Fats are often referred to as saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. You can also classify them as short, medium and long fatty acid chains. The length of the chain is determined by the number of atoms. Short fatty acid chains consist of up to 5 atoms, medium fatty acid chains of 6 to 12 atoms and long fatty acid chains of more than 12 atoms. The shorter the chain, the smaller the molecules. The smaller the molecules, the faster our cells can convert the fat into energy. MCT oil, with its 6 to 12 atoms, is therefore a fast energy supplier.
Short fatty acid chains are only produced by the body. You will not find them in food.
Medium chain fatty acids are more difficult to find in a standard diet. Coconut oil and palm kernel oil are MCT-rich oils and consist of about 50 to 60 percent MCTs.
Long fatty acid chains can be found in almost all fats that we normally eat, such as meat, fish, nuts, etc. The energy from this is released only 6 to 8 hours after you have eaten it.
Coconut oil contains several MCTs, namely caproic acid (C6), caprylic acid (C8), capric acid (C10) and for the most part lauric acid (C12). Because lauric acid with its 12 atom chain is still seen by science as a long fatty acid chain, a separate MCT oil has been derived from it. It mainly contains caprylic acid (C6) and capric acid (C10) and almost no lauric acid (C12).
MCT oil is that part of coconut oil that remains liquid at room temperature. This makes it easier to use and process in your diet.
What does MCT oil do?
MCT oil is coconut oil and this is often mistakenly seen as unhealthy because it is a saturated fat. But our body reacts differently to coconut oil and processes this fat in a different way than other saturated fats. MCT oil contains easily digestible fatty acids that are immediately transported to the liver where they are converted into ketones. As a result, MCT oil helps to maintain your energy level. It also provides the brain with quick energy, which is good for your concentration. MCT oil is also used as a healthy fat in a ketogenic diet. The MCTs and ketones help the body stay in the fat-burning ketogenic zone for longer. This contributes to the maintenance of a natural blood sugar level and helps you to maintain your weight. The keto diet is based on eating a lot of fat, little protein and as few carbohydrates as possible.
If you want to fully enjoy all the benefits of MCT oil, pay attention to the quality of the oil you buy. Choose an MCT oil from coconut oil only. The best is an MCT oil that combines caprylic acid (C8) and capric acid (C10) MCTs. These 2 fatty acids complement each other and even reinforce each other. C8 & C10 gives duo power!