Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) oil has become a popular supplement, particularly due to the increased interest in the keto diet. Derived primarily from palm oil or coconut oil, MCTs and MCT oil may help with appetite management, support gut and cognitive health, and provide immediate energy. Some sources also suggest that it may help keep blood sugar levels within a normal range.
Some people add MCT oil to their coffee or tea, while others blend it into smoothies. MCTs are also used in some pet foods and infant formulas as well as some functional food and beverage brands.
Why is MCT oil popular with keto dieters?
The keto diet is about minimizing carbohydrate intake while eating lots of unprocessed foods and nutrient-dense fats. MCTs are more easily absorbed into the bloodstream from the GI tract compared with long chain fatty acids, so they may be less likely to accumulate as body fat.
When derived from Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, MCT oil also benefits the planet and wildlife, while lifting people out of poverty. You also have the assurance that your MCT oil is non-GMO. Palm-derived MCT oil is an ethical, responsible and sustainable choice.
More insights about MCT oil
Palm-derived MCT oil generally contains 50 to 80% caprylic acid and 20 to 50% capric acid. It is nearly colorless and odor-free, with a mild flavor. It is stable against oxidation, which means it is unlikely to quickly go rancid.
Check with your healthcare provider if you are thinking about adding palm-derived MCT oil to your diet. Some experts recommend starting with small amounts and gradually increasing to your desired intake level.
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