Thanks to the ‘low-fat’ myth of the last 50 years, which persuaded people that low-calorie, low-fat food is the key to weight loss, many people avoid eating fat as much as they can.
Including essential medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) fats which are actually beneficial for you – MCTs have many health benefits including weight loss, appetite reduction, improved cognitive function, increased energy and many more.
MCTs are found in coconuts, coconut oil and palm kernel oil, as well as small amounts found in butter and other high fat dairy products.
The difference between medium chain fats and long chain fats is that medium-chain fats contain between six and 12 carbons, while long-chained fats, such as the omega-3 fats docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), have 13 to 21 carbons.
MCTs should not be confused with hydrogenated fats and industrial oils that are sometimes marketed under the guise of ‘health foods’.
MCT oil is so helpful in the aiding of weight loss because usually a fat taken into your body must be mixed with bile released from your gallbladder for it to be broken down in your digestive system, but MCT’s don’t need enzymes, they diffuse through your intestinal membrane into your bloodstream and enter straight into your liver, which naturally converts the oil into ketones.
They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and are helpful for getting rid of harmful microorganisms like pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
MCTs are great for helping aid brain functions, as Mental Health Daily noted:
In small scale human trials,16 MCT supplementation boosted cognition in individuals with cognitive impairment and mild forms of Alzheimer’s disease after just a single dose. While not everyone improved from the MCT treatment, those with certain genetics experienced notable improvement.
Straight MCT or coconut oil can be taken every day, or you can take it in the form of these foods:
- Olives and olive oil
- Coconuts and coconut oil
- Butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk
- Raw nuts, such as macadamia and pecans
- Seeds like black sesame, cumin, pumpkin and hemp seeds