All the rage these days are “healthy fats”- whether you are consuming Avocados, coconut oil or flax to consume them, they have an array of benefits for your metabolism, brain health, energy and immunity. So what is the rage now? After doing some initial research and hearing over and over again that MCT Oil was the new wave in nutrition, I tried it and have to agree, so far -it’s awesome.
What are MCTs?
“MCTs” are medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that has numerous health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive function to better weight management. Coconut oil is one source of MCTs — roughly 62–65 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs — but recently more concentrated “MCT oils” have also been growing in popularity.
Not to get into an abundant amount of chemistry, but the short chain lengths of the MCT oil molecules versus other similar LCT oils, allows for faster absorption into the body and because of their structure they help create ketones that allow for rapid energy improvement and endurance. This is why athletes and post-surgery patients are especially keen on these oils. Also, in addition to low calorie content, MCTs are not stored in body fat the same way other oils are and they have been shown to enhance thermogenesis (the production of heat/energy in the body) . This combination induces that MCT oils are great for promoting weight loss and evening out your appetite.
Other advantages of the oils are that they can help with clearer thinking, better immune function and post- workout recovery. I was introduced to these by Joe Rogan on his podcast recently and my husband got us a bottle at Whole Foods to try. So we have started adding a tablespoon every morning to our coffee and day 3- I have to see I am noticing a huge improvement in the energy boost. I am going to try it for a post-workout add-in for my Shakeology later today!
How Medium-chain fatty acids can help you:
- Maintain a healthy weight — since they make you feel full
- Specifically reduce stored body fat — since they also raise your metabolic function
- Have more energy
- Think more clearly
- Experience better digestion
- Balance hormone levels
- Improve your mood
- Fight bacterial infection and viruses
- Absorb fat-soluble nutrients from various foods
***Warning, tread lightly when you try this for the first time, friends! I had no issues but some people have a “speedy digestive” response!***