Exploring the many benefits of MCT or Coconut oils…
What is MCT oil made from and Where does MCT oil come from?
With the rapid increase in interest surrounding coconut oil, a common question being asked is “what is MCT oil made from?” or “Where does MCT oil come from?”. MCT stands for ‘medium-chain triglycerides”, MCT’s are fats found in foods like coconut oil. They metabolize differently in the body to LCT (Long-chain triglycerides), which can be found in most other foods.
Put simply, triglycerides are fats which have two main purposes – they are metabolized into the cells and we burn them as energy or store them as body fat.
Because of the shorter chain length of these fatty acids, MCTs are broken down more rapidly and are absorbed into the body. Unlike longer-chain fatty acids, MCTs go directly to the liver.
This is where they can be used as an instant energy source or turned into ketones, which are substances produced when the liver breaks down large amounts of fat.
Being a partially man made product, sustainability and fair trade come to mind. This is where Alpha Health come in, they are known for their ethical fair trade practices but most of all they are known for the way in which their MCT oils are made. Alpha Healths MCT oil is hand-pressed directly from fresh coconuts in the Solomon Islands by island natives on their own family farms.
Unlike other companies who use factory made coconut oil, they are passionate not only about delivering a high-quality product, but also look at the big picture, and consider the needs of the farmers, the local community, and sensitivities of the environment. Here’s a step-by-step description on how Alpha delivers fresh, hand-crafted coconut oil
Is MCT oil good for weight loss?
This is a very common question, and yes, it is said that by replacing other fats in your diet with MCT oil can trigger weight loss. A study done in Japan consisting of 78 men and women, compared the effects of MCT oil with LCT derived from common fats like olive oil or avocado. The participants in the study were put on diets consisting of the same amounts of calories and total fat, measurements were taken at 4,8 and 12 week intervals with the results showing those on MCT oil lost significantly more fat.
Another study compared MCT and LCT fats in a group of 17 obese women who ate MCT fats for 27 days and LCT fats for another 27 days. Using MRIs to measure changes in body fat, researchers discovered that more fat calories were burned on a diet with MCT fats.
Is MCT oil omega 3?
Commonly known for their heart-healthy benefits, Omega-3 fatty acids are not found in coconut or MCT oils. Unlike most vegetable oils, coconut oil is high in saturated fat. One cup of coconut oil consists of 218 g of total fat, with 87% of that fat content consisting of saturated fat. Coconut oil does have 3.92 g of omega-6 fatty acids, according to the USDA Nutrient Database. Omega-6 fatty acids are healthy polyunsaturated fats, but they only represent 1.8% of the total fat in coconut oil. The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats to less than 7 percent of your total daily calories, and this includes limiting the amount of coconut oil, even though it provides omega-6 fatty acids.
Is MCT oil safe during pregnancy?
“Coconut oil contains large amounts of lauric acid, a powerful anti-microbial fatty acid that protects the immune system of the fetus and newborn. Pregnant and nursing mothers should eat coconut oil to increase the quality of the womb environment and breast milk” – Dr. Claudia Pillow
Coconut oil has many benefits specific to pregnancy. As with everything, moderation is key and so moderate amounts of coconut oil consumed during pregnancy may actually benefit your health. Lauric acid, the primary fat in coconut oil, has positive effects on the bodies levels of good cholesterol. Lauric acid has antimicrobial features that help to boost immunity, possibly for both you and your baby. Consuming healthy fats like coconut oil during pregnancy ensures you’re able to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, which helps you get maximum nutrition.
It is recommended that pregnant women consume 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily to enhance immunity. Other benefits are said to include alleviating morning sickness symptoms, heartburn and constipation.
How much MCT oil to put in coffee?
If you follow a Keto diet or have heard all the rage surrounding Bulletproof coffee, you’ll want to know the dosage used for optimum results. It is usually recommended that you start off slowly because MCT or coconut oils can cause digestive upset if you use too much at once. Because it is more rapidly absorbed into the body than other oils, it is suggested that you start off with 1 teaspoon and work your way to 1 tablespoon in your morning cup.
In summary: If you are looking to lower cholesterol levels, improve brain function, give your energy a boost or lower blood sugar levels – give MCT oil a try! *MCT oil appears to be safe for most people but always remember to check with your healthcare provider before starting a new diet or supplement regimen.
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