The ketogenic, or “keto,” diet has taken the world by storm as a go-to nutrition regimen. Sporting a low carb, high fat, moderate protein intake process, the keto diet relies on your body’s ability to produce ketones and uses them as a primary energy source. MCT, short for medium-chain triglycerides, is a fancy term for a unique type of fat that has been found to support ketone production, and therefore, MCTs and MCT Oil can possibly make the keto diet even more effective.
What is MCT Oil?
MCT is found in foods like coconut and palm oil and are composed of chains of carbon that make it easier for our body to absorb fat and convert it into energy. Orgain’s MCT Oil contains a high concentration of triglycerides that is made by extracting MCTs from sources like coconuts.
What are MCT Oil’s benefits?
Because of MCT Oil’s unique ability to be easily absorbed in the body, it can be beneficial for those with fat absorption disorders like cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and pancreatitis. It may also support gut bacteria called microbiome for healthy digestion, and lower cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease.
Since many people turn to the keto diet for weight loss or weight management, MCTs play a helpful role in achieving these results:
- Fewer calories: MCTs have less calories than “long-chain triglycerides” found in meat, fish, milk, eggs and plants.
- Increased fullness: According to this study, adding an MCT supplement like MCT Oil resulted in a reduction in appetite.
- Increased energy: Research supports the use of MCT Oil for increased energy during high intensity exercise.
How to Use MCT Oil
The key is to start slow. The same qualities that make it a great supplement could also lead to stomach aches if you consume too much of it. Start with one teaspoon a day, working your way up as you feel comfortable. Always speak with your healthcare professional if you have specific questions or concerns.
MCT Oil should also be used as a substitute and not just added on top of a current nutrition regimen. MCT Oil is still a fat, so calories can add up quick, which can lead to unwanted weight gain. Instead, incorporate it into your diet in place of other fat sources you drink or eat every day.
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