Dr. Anthony Gustin is a board-certified sports chiropractor, functional medicine practitioner, entrepreneur, podcast host, and founder of Perfect Keto.
What are MCTs? 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 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 MCTs into your diet is one of the smartest additions you can make to your daily routine.
Let’s dive into what MCTs are, what MCT supplements are available, and what’s the big deal.
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 MCTs good, but they are also essential. This means we absolutely have to have them for normal growth, regeneration, and survival.
Need a mental image of an MCT? Think of a pitchfork. 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.” Still with me?
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 MCTs as quick, clean fuel you will burn.
Let’s recap. MCTs are,
- Easily digestible
- Proven to raise ketone levels
- Quick and clean sources of energy
- Vitally important to a quality ketogenic diet and lifestyle
SOURCES OF MCT OIL POWDER
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)
- Palm oil
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 goal is to made the best, cleanest product possible. Here are the highlights:
1) MCT powder is much easier on the digestive system than oil
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 much easier than oil
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.
You can take powdered MCT 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. This means less MCT for your buck, and potentially hurting your hard earned state of ketosis! Do your research, as always.
In case you’re not convinced that MCTs 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.
Better Weight Loss
MCTs are easily digested and have a thermogenic effect, also known as “boosting your metabolism.”
MCTs are fast acting source of energy. They break down into ketones which can then be used as fuel for your body.
MCTs support our gut microbiome by combating harmful bacteria and parasites.
Better Overall Health
MCTs contain antioxidant properties which reduce internal inflammation and improve overall performance of your heart, brain, and nervous system.
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. Post more ideas in the comments too!
If you are not already boosting your dietary MCTs, 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.