MCT Oil vs Virgin Coconut oil
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s) are dietary triglycerides with fatty acids chains that are 6–12 carbon atoms in length found in many foods having their highest concentration in Virgin Coconut Oil.
The most important of these MCT’s in Virgin Coconut Oil are known as Caprylic (C8) and Capric acids (C10), however the total content amount in virgin coconut oil is small and we extract roughly 60% of the C8 and 40% of the C10 to achieve 100% MCT Oil.
MCT’s are becoming increasingly popular today as a plant based fuel source as they supply an alternative energy for our body and brain not dependent on insulin and are easily digested within the body. MCT’s support the switch to fat burning making it the most important addition to a healthy weight loss or ketogenic diet. To help you compare the difference between pure MCT oil and Virgin coconut oil we have highlighted the differences here for you:
During digestion, MCT’s are transported directly to the liver where they are preferentially converted into bio-available ketone bodies. On the contrary, long chain triglycerides (LCT), found in common vegetable oils, require the actions of bile to be transported via the lymphatic system to the bloodstream where free fatty acids are absorbed by the cells of the body and are either broken down for energy or stored as fat.
So which is better for me?
Quite simply Virgin Coconut Oil and MCT are both good for you. Virgin Coconut oil is more versatile as it contains long and medium chain fatty acids, generally good for cooking as it has a high smoke point. MCT oil is used more as a supplement. For more information about the health benefits of MCT oil, visit a past blog here.
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About the Author: Victoria graduated at the Australian College of Natural Therapies in Sydney and has a Bachelor of Business from the Australian Catholic University. Victoria is the co-owner of Jimalie Coconut Products. More information about her on her website www.centralcoastnutritionist.com.au