What are MCTs?
MCTs are medium-chain triglycerides – a form of saturated fatty acid that has many health benefits. Coconut oil is one great source of MCTs — roughly 62 percent to 65 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs — but recently more concentrated “MCT oil” has also been growing in popularity therefore it is found in other supplement forms.
Because it is present in hight fat foods, they are largely missing in our ‘western standard’ diet, but in truth, it is the type of fat we should be consuming on daily basis.
What are the benefits of MCT?
- They are smaller than other types of fat, so they can permeate our cell membranes more easily and don’t require that we use special enzymes in order for our bodies to utilize them.
- They are digested easily and sent directly to our liver, where they have a thermogenic effect and the ability to positively alter the metabolism.
- They are supportive of our gut flora, especially because they have the capability to combat harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
- They contain antioxidant properties, which helps to reduce overall inflammation.
Main sources of MCT
Apart from coconut oil, smaller amounts of MCTs can also be found in including:
- Grass-fed butter
- Whole milk
- Full-fat yogurt.
Just make sure to watch for quality! Below are a few ways to how to keep on track of that:
- Just 1 ingredient — organic coconuts — no fillers, chemicals, trans fats, or GMOs = Pure and Clean
- Made from sustainably harvested coconuts = Ethical / Where
- Batch tested
- Tasteless and odourless
How to Use it
If you are like me, you can also take MCT oil daily just like a supplement, straight from the spoon or mixed into smoothies, coffee, teas. Below you can find one of my faves recipes with MCT oil!
Coconut Energy Bliss Balls
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1 tbsp MCT oil
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp raw protein powder (or other powder)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- Put all of the ingredients in a food processor (nuts first) and blend until you get a smooth mixture.
- Roll into little balls and store in the fridge