Need an energy boost with no caffeine required? MCT oil could be the perfect addition to your morning routine. It is a great way to kick start your weight loss journey or increase your athletic performance level. MCT is a quick source of clean, healthy fuel for your body that may do all of this and more.
MCT stands for medium chain triglyceride which is just a fancy name for a saturated fatty acid that your body can easily change into energy. Fatty acids are like little sub-units of fat that require less breakdown in order for the body to use them. Medium chain fatty acids head directly to your liver where they are used for energy and create a thermogenic effect (heats up); It can even fire up your metabolism.
Coconut oil is one of the best sources of MCTs. Around 62-65% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs. You can also find it in, butter, cheese, palm oil, whole milk and full-fat yogurt.
WAIT…WHAAATTT?? Saturated fats are good? *insert needle across the vinyl record sound here*
Western society has been led to believe that all saturated fats are BAD, but this may be the biggest lie in nutrition EVER. People living in tropical areas have been consuming MCTs for centuries without any negative side effects.
In fact, our bodies need fat for many reasons like proper brain function, heart health, hormone balance (including insulin regulation), gut health, and even to be in a good mood. A low-fat diet is actually not a very healthy option for most people. Check out this article by Dr. Axe about the risks of low-fat diets.
Consuming healthy fats may actually make us feel more satisfied with our meals and can prevent sugar cravings and the tendency to over-consume carbohydrates.
This tasteless, odorless oil can be used as a substitute for conventional oils in salad dressing and sauces. Try spraying it over your salad with your choice of seasoning!
You can also use MCT oil for cooking because it has a high smoke point, which means they can withstand high temperatures without being oxidized and becoming unhealthy or even dangerous.
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