🥥What’s the difference between MCT oil and Coconut oil? 🥥
• MCTs stand for Medium Chain Triglycerides and they consist of 4 different types of acids:
• C6 – Caproic acid- very rare, very hard to find, makes up about only 1% of the total MCTs in coconut oil.
• C8 – Caprylic acid, the most efficient fatty acid after C6 because it converts rapidly into ketones in your liver, makes up about 12% of coconut oil.
• C10 – Capric acid, little slower than C8 but still very fast, makes up about 10% of coconut oil.
• C12 - Lauric acid – the most prevalent MCT in coconut oil, but its kind of a pseudo MCT as it’s metabolized in the body as long chain acid. 🥥Coconut oil consists of 55% MCTs, whereas 76% is Lauric acid (the “pseudo” MCT), 12% caprylic, 10% capric and very small amount of caproic. The amount of true MCTs (without the Lauric acid) is pretty much just 23% and the rest of it are long chain acids.
• MCT oil is manufactured from Coconut oil and during the process the Lauric acid is removed.🏻After that it ends up with only capric, caprylic and caproic acids – 100% MCTs.
These are source of immediate energy, they have been proven to help with fat distribution and fat burning and also with cognitive function. They are also considered as the ultimate ketogenic fat; in fact, they are so powerful that adding them to your diet can actually increase the number of carbs you can eat while still staying in ketosis. 🏻
🥥Just because major part of Coconut oil is Lauric acid though, which makes it slower to metabolize, doesn’t mean its less beneficial. It just serves different purpose. Lauric acid has very strong antiviral and antibacterial properties, which makes it very beneficial for our digestive system and also for our immune system. How do we chose then
In conclusion - when we want to focus on fast energy, enhance fat burning or improve our cognitive functions, we should go for straight MCTs. ️
If we are looking more for overall health benefits, Coconut oil is the way to go. 🥥🏻 - 5 hours ago