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MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride which is essentially processed faster than any other fat which creates more energy faster. I don’t suggest you add this in your first month of working the ketogenic way of eating. Those of you that are fat adapted and working your macros at a high level may want to add it before workouts.
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Benefits of MCT Oil
“We now know that ideally MCT oils like coconut oil should actually be consumed every day. Certain saturated fats, especially MCTs and other healthy fats found in things like coconut oil or grass-fed beef, are in fact easier to digest than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) and might even have more benefits related to heart health, obesity prevention, and brain health, too.”, Dr. Axe
Taking MCT Oil
“Pure MCT oil is a clear, flavorless liquid that should be consumed plain without heating it. It’s unrefined, so it has a low smoke point similar to flaxseed oil, wheat germ oil, and walnut oil, and does not respond well to heat. Basically, you don’t cook with MCT oil.”, Jahla Seppanen (More)
MCT in Foods
You can get MCTs from some food as well such as:
- Coconut Oil
- Palm Kernel Oil
How does MCT oil help you lose weight?
“MCT can also help you lose weight because it is quickly burned and metabolized. It gets absorbed directly from the gut into the liver and doesn’t get stored as fat but rather burned quickly and turned into energy. For many patients, MCT becomes that little nudge to help you drop those last 10 to 15 stubborn pounds that just won’t go away.”, Mark Hyman MD
Can you use MCT oil for Cooking?
To reap the most benefits of MCTs in your food, follow this guide:
- Cooking and baking at high temperatures: use ghee (clarified butter).
- Cooking and baking at medium temperatures: use coconut oil.
- Mixing and blending with un-emulsified fats at medium temperatures: use MCT oil
What is bulletproof MCT oil?
Bulletproof is a “brand” of MCT oil. Many people refer to coffee with added MCT oil as “bulletproof”. While there are recipes referred to as “bulletproof” coffee, it’s simply a brand that has been transferred to recipes.
How Many Calories are in MCT Oil?
A tablespoon of pure MCT oil has 100 calories and 14 grams of fat.