M – “Medium” , C – “Chain”, T – “Triglycerides” (Meaning of Triglyceride is same as the word “Fats”). So it is Basically Medium Chain Fats or “Not too bulky, not too heavy fats” which are easy to burn fast because they are small in size
Extra Virgin Coconut oil (EVCO) has 15% medium chain fats (MCTs). It can be simply understood as, “easy to burn fats which are rapidly converted into energy”. MCT oil is the extracted oil out of EVCO, extracting only that specific 15%. Thus MCT oil has 100% easy to burn, rapidly converted to energy type of fats.
MCT Oil Remains a liquid in cold temperature (As Olive Oil), because it only contain light weight medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCT oil can be made from palm oil, other edible oils and coconut oil. What we discuss here is only about MCT Coconut Oil. MCT oil made from palm oil is lower in manufacturing cost and is low in retail price.
Beyond the popular knowledge of glucose/sugar drinks being used as energy drinks, there is another form of producing energy named as “ketones”. In mother’s breast milk, medium chains such as omega-3 and lauric acid are contained. A baby is only given breast milk during the first stage and it is instantly burnt and converted to energy in the baby’s mouth. MCT oil behaves in the same way. If we look into the food culture of East Asia; seaweed, leafy greens, nuts & seeds, fish, soup, soy foods, noodles, sticky rice will make up the picture. In general, a “KETOGENIC DIET” is like this. Energy is produced by converting fats. For this action, the fats consumed by us should be very simple and easy to break down (they should be short or medium chain fatty acids). If we take in “heavy fats”, the body cannot break them down, and the end result is, it will get stored as fat.
Benefit of this form of energy is that, it is used in brain functions (Glucose energy is not useful in brain, it is for muscles). This boosts immunity and the risk of blood sugar level increase is avoided in this type of energy intake. Since energy is not produced from carbohydrates or sugars, it is helpful in losing belly fat. Good fats are needed in the body to absorb nutrients like vitamins, mineral and anti-oxidants. Digestion is improved and more nutrients are absorbed. When it is mixed with coffee, the absorption of anti-oxidants is improved, and the dryness in the stomach caused by coffee is avoided by MCT. So this is called bulletproof coffee. It gives a unique creamy flavor too.
“MCT Oil or Ketogenic Oil” is a manufacturing process that separates only the medium chains in coconut oil (It is similar to extracting different types of substances; petrol, diesel, gas by distilling a crude oil source). Here coconut oil is the primary source, and the specific MCT are extracted by a stringent process. Finally product is identified as “100% MCT oil or Ketogenic Oil”.
For another example think of Vitamin C in an orange. When we extract it from an orange , the product is named as “Vitamin C”. Same goes with MCT extracted from Virgin Coconut Oil.
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