The word is out on the street … MCT oil is something special!
MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides, which comprise primarily caprylic and capric fatty acids. The oil is clear, odorless and pleasant tasting. MCT oil occurs naturally in coconut and palm kernel oils.
MCT oil was initially used to help treat diseases such as cystic fibrosis, obesity, and fat malabsorption. More recently, athletes, bodybuilders, and diet gurus have jumped on the MCT bandwagon, embracing its fat-burning and energy-sustaining powers.
MCTs have also received a major boost from the Banting community because the medium-chain fats can help Banting dieters get into – and stay in – ketosis, where the body switches its main energy source from carbs/sugars to fats.
When MCTs are absorbed into the blood stream, they bypass the normal digestion process that fats go through and are instead metabolised immediately by the liver for energy, so they won’t be stored in the fat cells.
When a meal includes medium chain triglycerides, there is a significant increase in the number of calories burned (thermogenic effect). When more calories are used, fewer are stored as fat, which helps to reduce body fat levels.