MCT Oil - Similar to Coconut Oil but Turbocharged. June 01 2016 by Simone Denny
This week we talk about good fats, which are an essential part of our diet and our wellbeing. Today we specifically discuss MCT oil, which is said to boost energy, aid in weight loss and help fight candida (to name just a few benefits).
I'm delighted to welcome the lovely Nik Tooth, otherwise known as The Lean Body Coach, to the Nourishing Hub to share her words of wisdom on the health benefits of MCT oil.
Have you ever tried coconut oil?
I’m sure if you have, you’ve heard about its endless health benefits.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat, and although saturated fats have been bashed in the media for contributing to heart disease, coconut oil being a medium chain triglyceride is different.
These are a type of fat that are largely missing from typical diets, and are easily digested and converted to energy in our bodies. The body sends this type of fat straight to the liver, where they have the ability to boost your metabolism and instead of being stored as fat, is burned as fuel.
How is that good?
It is also known for increasing good cholesterol levels, suppressing appetite, contributing to healthy skin and hair as well as being antiviral, antibacterial agent
How is MCT oil different?
Now, drumroll please...let me introduce to you MCT oil, which is similar to coconut oil, but turbocharged! MCT (those Medium Chain Triglycerides) are medium chain fatty acids. The medium refers to the length of the chemical structure. MCT’s can be found in coconut oil, cheese, yoghurt, milk, butter and palm kernel oil, but these fats are much better absorbed in the form of concentrated MCT oil, which can be up to 18 times stronger than other forms.
How it works
The body’s preferred source of energy is glucose, which is found in the food that we eat. However when carbs are consumed there is also a blood sugar spike that occurs, followed by the secretion of insulin. Insulin is known to be a storage hormone that tells your body to store nutrients. As body fat…
On the other hand if substituted for carbs, MCT’s provide quick energy without the glucose spike, and are thus less likely to be stored as fat. Essentially they enter the body as a ‘carbohydrate’ but are metabolised as a fat.
MCT’s are absorbed in the bloodstream, bypassing the lower parts of the digestive tract, and is sent straight to the liver, ensuring absorption occurs quickly and effectively.
When a meal includes MCT’s there is a substantial increase in the number of calories burned, which provides a thermogenic effect - in other words it aids in boosting your body’s metabolism.
Although MCT's aid in increasing your metabolism, they have not been proven to ‘burn fat’. Their main bonus is that they're low in carbs and calories, so provide you with energy throughout the day without having to revert to caffeine or larger amounts of carbs.
How to include MCT into your diet?
It is recommended that you reduce the amount of carbs you consume - especially if weight loss is your aim - and substitute them with healthy fats, such as MCT oil.
MCT oil can be consumed in a variety of ways, such as adding them to coffee (for example bulletproof coffee commonly consumed by those following a Paleo type diet), smoothies, as a salad dressing, or simply using it for baking or frying. It is completely odourless and tasteless so it complements both sweet and savoury dishes.
MCT’s are also valuable for people who struggle with Candida Albicans. Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the gut, which leads to symptoms of bloating, fatigue, feeling foggy in the head, thrush, sinus issues, and in some cases cystitis. MCT’s contain caprylic acids, which rupture the candida membrane and help fight off the bacteria.
MCT's are also given to Alzheimer's patients and athletes to assist in concentration levels. Both of these groups often have depleted glucose levels. MCT's can supply energy for the brain, and researchers suspect that the ketones produced when consuming MCT's can provide an alternative energy source for these cells in order to gain more clarity.
It can also be used as sunscreen, moisturiser, shaving lotion, makeup remover, added to body scrubs or consumed in sports drinks to increase performance.
Overall MCT’s are an amazing addition to your diet - as well as your household - that provide a good source of fats and energy to your diet without the calories.
A very special thank you to Nik for her informative words MCT Oil.
About Nik Toth
Nik Toth, also known as The Lean Body Coach, is a holistic nutritionist, personal trainer and health coach who helps women transform their bodies from the inside out. She created a global 10-week program, her signature Lean Body Formula, which has helped transform thousands of women's bodies and supports women on a path to a lean body, and creating a healthy relationship with food.
Nik has been featured in titles such as Cosmo Bride Australia, the Huffington Post, the ABC, Women’s Fitness and Inspired COACH magazine. This past week she was featured in the Daily Mail.
When she's not coaching people how to stay lean and healthy, you can find her cooking up an organic storm or attempting intricate yoga poses on sunny Bondi Beach, Australia.
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