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Are MCT Supplements Helpful on the Ketogenic Diet?


What do you think of when you see “MCT” on a product label? Most of us have a positive association with these three letters and for good reason! Incorporating quality sources of MCT’s into your diet is one of the smartest additions you can make to your daily routine and improve your ketogenic diet.

What Are MCT’s and Where do They Come From?

But what are MCT’s? Quite a few of us could even answer what the three letters stand for, let alone why they are great, and most importantly, what health benefits we can expect.

Let’s dive into what MCT’s are, what MCT supplements are available, and what’s the big deal.

What are MCT’s?

MCT is short for Medium-Chain Triglyceride and they are a type of fat that is fantastic for your health and energy levels. A great sidebar here is to read the Perfect Keto guide on Good Fat vs. Bad Fat.

Not only are MCT’s good, they are essential. This means we absolutely have to have them for normal growth, regeneration, and survival.

Need a mental image of an MCT? Think of the trident that Poseidon carries, with three prongs and a long stake in the ground. The three “prongs” are glycerol molecules attached to the long “stake” portion, which is a chain of carbons. Medium-chain fats have between 6-12 carbon chains.

Fats come in three classes:

  • Short chain
  • Medium chain
  • Long chain

Short-chain fats have short “handles,” and longer chain fats have longer carbon “handles.” Here’s the point: The shorter the carbon chain, the easier/quicker it is for your body to break it into energy.

Furthermore, when you are following a ketogenic diet, your body is breaking down fats into ketones for energy. So think of MCT’s as quick, clean fuel you will burn.

Let’s recap. MCT’s are,

  • Fats
  • Easily digestible
  • Proven to raise ketone levels
  • Quick and clean sources of energy
  • Vitally important to a quality ketogenic diet and lifestyle

Where do MCT’s Come From?

So where do the awesome fats in MCT Oil Powder come from? Whole foods like,

  • Coconut oil (60+ percent of fats in coconut oil are medium-chain)
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Yogurt

Why an MCT Powder Supplement is Worth Taking

In case you’re not convinced that MCT’s are a must-have if you are going low-carb/keto, here are the top 4 benefits you can expect if you regularly bump up your MCT intake. Check out our full guide to ketone supplementation to see the bigger picture of how MCT oil powder fits into your regimen.

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Benefits of MCT Oil Powder Supplements

Better Weight Loss – MCT’s are easily digested and have a thermogenic (energy-creating) effect, also known as “boosting your metabolism.”

Better Energy – MCT’s are fast-acting source of energy. They break down into ketones which can then be used as fuel for your body.

Better Digestion – MCT’s support our gut microbiome by combating harmful bacteria and parasites.

Better Overall Health – MCT’s contain antioxidant properties which reduce internal inflammation and improve overall performance of your heart, brain, and nervous system.

Concerns About MCT Supplements

The most common concern about adding extra fat to your day is the pervasive misconception that eating dietary fat will make me gain body fat.

Let’s remember that fat is the only macronutrient that does not cause any insulin response. Insulin is known as the fat-storage hormone. What this means is that eating fat is the one thing that does not cause fatness.

Americans have been collectively eating a low-fat diet for the past 30 years and the results are in – we are fatter and sicker than ever.

Rest assured, in the ketogenic diet, fat is fuel and MCT’s are the premium grade.

The Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder Methodology

Why did Perfect Keto make MCT oil into a powder supplement? As always, there is a method to the madness, and the standard is to make the best, cleanest product. Here are the highlights,

1) MCT powder is easier on the digestive system

The powder is much easier on your gut, meaning you can tolerate it and your body will actually use it when you consume it.

2) MCT powder mixes better

With MCT oil powder, you can mix it into any beverage or food, hot or cold, instantly. And because it is truly flavorless, you can add this product to anything you’d like and it won’t affect the taste.

3) MCT powder is more accessible

You can easily take powdered MCTs anywhere

Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder is dairy-free (also zero fake or artificial ingredients) and only made from the highest quality coconut oil. The problem with other MCT oil powders is they are bound to fillers and carbohydrates. Look explicitly for the terms maltodextrin or soluble corn fiber and any other of the 56 names for sugar. This means less MCT for your buck, and potentially hurting your efforts to maintain your ketosis! Do your research, as always.

When to Use MCT Oil Powder Supplements

Need some quick ideas? MCT oil powder is flavorless but also adds a creaminess to any liquid. Try adding MCT oil powder to ice water, almond milk, coconut milk, coffee (like creamer), or any post workout shake you’ve got going on. MCT oil powder is awesome for baking as well. Post more ideas in the comments too!

Adding MCT Oil Powder to Your Supplement Toolkit

If you are not already boosting your dietary MCT’s, try it. Try it consistently for a few weeks. Treat this as a research and periodically check in with yourself. Ask yourself how your gut feels, how your energy levels have been, and of course, test those ketone levels! Enjoy and please reach out with any questions big or small.


22 thoughts on “Are MCT Supplements Helpful on the Ketogenic Diet?

  1. Wow! Way overpriced for the results produced. Better off with MCT’s or coconut! At $4 per serving, one should see significant results!

    1. Hi Mark, totally agree MCT’s and coconut products are awesome for achieving ketosis and exogenous ketones should be treated as a supplement to a quality ketogenic diet to help get maximum results, whether that may be fat-burning, mental focus, or physical performance, or skipping the keto flu symptoms. It all depends on if you feel the price is worth the benefit.

  2. Many MCT Oil Powders on the market are made from varying combinations of C8 (Caprylic Acid), C10 (Capric Acid) and C12 (Lauric Acid). Only C8 and C10 provide the ketone producing benefits, and C8 is the most effective.
    It’s great to see that Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder offers a ratio of 70% C8 (Caprylic Acid) and 30% C10 (Capric Acid).

  3. I am in fact happy to glance at this weblog posts which includes tons
    of helpful facts, thanks for providing these kinds of information.

  4. Will using MCT oil or Exo Ketones in the morning (in coffee, etc) cause a break in intermittent fasting? Generally I try not to have solid food until noon or 1:00 pm…

  5. Hi! Can I take mct oil, 1tbsp prewrkout w coffee and 1 tbsp postworkout w a snoothie?
    I practice Crossfit. Which way would be recommend it? Or which of your products? I also exercise in a fastef state.

  6. OK. I feel like a total idiot. I bought MCT oil, greens
    and Vanilla Base
    … and have NO idea how to use the vanilla base.

    I thought it was like a protein drink but once I saw how small the container is, I see it is too expensive for that.

    How would I include the vanilla base in a keto diet where I am hoping to lose as much weight as possible?

  7. I am very confused about Perfect Keto. I follow a Keto diet but wanted to add supplements and increase weight loss but I have no idea which of these products Base, Collogen, or MCT powder to start with and when. Any help for newbies?

    1. Hi Michelle, you can take the MCT powder when you need more fat, the collagen when you need more protein, and the base if you want to boost your ketone levels.

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