So, you're seeing cafes serve 'butter coffees' that help you feel 'bulletproof' and you've heard people talk about the fat-burning, brain-fuelling, focus and stamina enhancing effects that adding MCT's to your morning coffee can have, but is it all it is cracked up to be, and can't we just use coconut oil instead?
Buckle up, you're about to have your mind blown about why MCT's, more specifically, Medium Chain Triglycerides, are so good with benefits ranging from sustained energy, reduction in cravings, improved mood and hormonal balance.
Don't get me wrong, I love coconut oil, so much so I recently named my own Luke Hines branded coconut oil, 'INCREDIBLE Coconut Oil', and for good reason: Its the hero oil to cook with, stable at high temperatures, and packed with Lauric acid. Lauric acid (an MCT) can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi, not to mention provide us with an incredible source of energy, but is this MCT the best we can be consuming for optimal functioning? Well, it's all about the carbon chains and how our body utilises them. Which is why its important to know not all MCT's are created equal.
There are several main types of fatty-acid oils found in coconut oil, but only the first 3 listed below bypass the metabolic process in the liver so they quickly become energy in your brain and muscles, which is the result we are looking for when consuming a good quality MCT oil. A good quality MCT oil is one that combines the right mix of those best for us, to deliver something that is palatable but also results based.
(C6) Caproic Acid
There’s not much of it in coconut oil, it doesn't taste pleasant, and can result in stomach/gastric upset.
(C8) Caprylic Acid
C8 makes up about 6% of coconut oil and has potent anti-microbial properties (way more potent than lauric acid) to help you maintain a healthy gut, and it is the fastest to metabolise in the brain. Your liver does not need to process this rare type of MCT, and it only takes 3 steps for your body to turn it into ATP - ATP being your cellular energy. Keep in mind, sugar takes 26 steps. This is why Caprylic Acid is fantastic at suppressing cravings and is the most powerful oil to PowerUp your coffee. Look at it this way, you would need 18 tablespoons of coconut oil to get just one tablespoon of C8.
(C10) Capric Acid
C10 makes up about 9% of coconut oil. This is the second shortest form of MCT, also rare. Like C8, its readily converted into energy.
(C12) Lauric Acid
This makes up about 50+% of coconut oil. This type of MCT actually requires a pit stop in the liver rather than getting immediately converted into energy like the other C8 and C10 MCTs listed above. Still awesome for your health, but it is the C8 and C10 you really want to be looking for when choosing an MCT.
C-14 and above
These are widely recognised as LCTs, or long-chain fatty-acids, mostly saturated, including stearic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid. They are good as a fuel source, but they are also widely available in other oils, and like C12, they require processing by your liver before they can be used as energy. From an energy, stamina and focus perspective, you won’t benefit as much from these, compared to eating true medium-chain fatty-acids .
So, lets summarise. MCT Oil and Coconut Oil both have their place in your life for optimal health and wellbeing, but it is when and how you use each of them that will result in the desired outcome of a functional fat burning machine, with an abundance of ready to use energy, focus and stamina. Coconut Oil contains C8 and C10 but in very small amounts, so if you want the incredible results that MCT's give you, incorporate an MCT oil into your life alongside your regular use of coconut oil.
So what you need to do is check the label on your MCT Oil for the right MCTs. And thats why I can stand proud with my Luke Hines MCT Keto Tonic by Cocolife. My MCT Keto Tonic is 100% pure medium chain triglycerides, with a minimum of 53% C8 (the best one!), and 36-47% C10. Pretty amazing if I do say so myself. To truly feel the difference, try them here.
And as for my Luke Hines by Cocolife Incredible Coconut Oil, it is 100% Certified Organic, Cold Pressed, Pure, Virgin, Raw coconut oil sourced ethically from the Philippines. Great for cooking, anti-microbial, satiating and health supporting. Find out more here.
If you're wondering how you can easily incorporate MCT Keto Tonic and Incredible Coconut Oil into your day and feel the benefits for yourself, simply check out the Low Carb Keto meal plan option available in Luke Hines 10 - where I give you 10 weeks of structured meal plans, mindset coaching from our in-house mindfulness psychologist, daily 10 minutes workouts and loads of health info and plenty of motivation.