From coconut to avocado, it seems like there’s a new superfood oil every day. So, what makes MCT oil so special? Well, it supports a healthy metabolism, provides energy, and can kickstart weight loss- and that’s just the beginning.
The first time I heard about MCT oil, I thought it was just the more expensive version of coconut oil that people were trying to make me buy. “PSSHHT!” I said, scoffing at their marketing schemes. Like I’m supposed to believe that this magical oil is going to give me energy and make me leaner. As IF.
And as I sit here, sipping my iced coffee blended with emulsified MCT oil, I’m eating my words.
While MCT is derived from the same source (coconuts), it’s so much more than a glorified coconut oil. It is a concentrated and powerful addition to your diet, that I now can’t picture my life without. Not only does it make my coffee sweet and creamy, it also helps me perform better in my workouts by giving me energy and metabolism-boosting properties throughout the day.
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. These make up the healthy fats, optimal for brain and heart function. We already know that healthy fats are a must in any diet, so what makes MCT in particular so great?
MCT oil is absorbed rapidly by the body, which makes it an ideal energy source instead of carbs. Particularly for those on a low-carb diet, this is a great way to provide the body with energy without excess carbs. And, they produce ketones in the body, which are one of the brain’s primary fuel sources.
That word “ketone” might sound familiar- every heard of the ketogenic, or keto diet? The premise of this diet is that your body will tap into your fat stores as a fuel source. This makes MCT oil akin to liquid gold. However, you don’t have to go full keto to reap the benefits of ketones- athletes of all kinds use this oil to get the same benefits of the keto diet without cutting carbs.
For weight loss/management, MCT oil has a pretty good reputation as well. This is due to the fact that MCT oil could have possible thermogenic effects, and it has a beneficial effect on leptin levels (the hormone that makes you feel full). It’s also rarely stored as fat because of its quickness to digest.
TL;DR? No worries. Here are the benefits of MCT oil in a few bullet points:
- Provides energy without carbs/sugars
- Promotes satiety
- Promotes heart and brain health
- Creates ketones
- Are not stored as fat
Cool, right?! So how do you start using MCT oil in your diet?! This first method is not for the faint of heart, but some choose to take it straight up by the tablespoon. Rock on.
If taking shots of oil ain’t your style, it’s all good! Thankfully, there are plenty of options when it comes to using MCT oil in your diet. I wouldn’t suggest cooking with it as it doesn’t have a high smoke point and may break down. Keep it room temp for best use!
My personal favorite option is to add it to my coffee. I’m a huge fan of emulsified MCT oil that doesn’t require a blender or any extra work. Just drop in a tablespoon and you’re good to go! If you don’t have an emulsified MCT oil, you can make bulletproof coffee with it in place of coconut oil, but it might not be as creamy.
Add MCT oil to your morning smoothie, drizzle it over your breakfast oatmeal, mix it into your favorite salad dressing recipe- the list goes one. It’s virtually flavorless when using the original version (not emulsified), so the possiblities are endless!
Have you tried MCT oil? What do you think of these benefits?