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Is MCT a new breed of energy boosters?

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What are Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT) and why are they so healthy? Should you drink MCT-infused coffee? What are the benefits of MCT oils? These and other question in our weekly FAQ “Science Explained”.

 

Q: What is MCT?

A: MCT stands for Medium-Chain Triglycerides, which is another term for fat. The MCT is a group of fatty acids that differ mainly by the length of their carbon tail (6-12 carbons). These fatty acids naturally occur in many products including coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and dairy products. 


Q: How does MCT work?

A: Since MCT has a shorter chain of carbons as compared to Long-Chain Triglycerides, they break down much faster and either consume as energy (re: C8 fatty acids of 8 carbons) or convert into ketones. Those who strictly follow the ketogenic diet would find that MCT-infused coffee can help them to reach and maintain ketosis much easier  (a metabolic state in which the body uses fat as the main energy source instead of glucose). Ketosis is known to have multiple health benefits for those people who reduce carbohydrates and rely mainly on fat as the main source of energy. Weight loss, improved blood sugar control, reduced heart disease risk factors to name a few. 


Q: What are the benefits of drinking MCT-infused coffee?

A: Speed up your metabolism. Drinking MCT-infused coffee may speed up your metabolism that will lead to higher calories burn per day. Improves energy level. The combination of caffeine and MCT can act as a good energy booster. Since MCT deliver right to your liver it helps to release instant energy. Also, the studies show that regular consumption of MCT can increase your level of good cholesterol and protect from heart diseases.


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