MCTs Make You Feel Bulletproof
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?
MCT's are not just Coconut oil. They are special fatty acids derived from coconut oil that help us feel fantastic, with benefits ranging from sustained energy, improved focus, reduction in cravings, and improved and balanced mood.
Don't get me wrong, I love coconut oil, so much so that I have my very own organic 'INCREDIBLE Coconut Oil'. Its the hero oil to cook with, stable at high temperatures, and packed with healthy fats that support our metabolism and have anti bacterial properties.
BUT, it is MCTs that help fuel our brains and give us sustained energy and focus. Its important to know though not all MCT's are created equal. Only C6, C8 and C10 give us the quick energy by skipping the normal metabolic process to quickly become energy in our brain and muscles, which is the result we are looking for when consuming a good quality MCT oil.
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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.
Know Your MCTs
(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.