Is MCT Oil healthier than Coconut Oil? Coconut Oil has caused quite the craze. Marketers make it sound like it’s the answer to everything, right? Got dry skin or lackluster hair? Spread some coconut oil on it. Need to cook healthy? Switch to coconut oil. Car need an oil change? Okay so there’s at least one thing it’s not recommended for.
It turns out, Coconut Oil got its good reputation in the first place for its medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs for short. You down with MCTs? They’re a particular type of beneficial fat that requires minimal action from your liver. So, it converts directly into fuel in the form of ketones. Like that sound of that? Ketones are one of the brain’s two primary fuel sources, and also a vital source of energy for your body. That’s right, you don’t always need to crank up your caffeine intake when you need the energy to function and think straight. There’s a healthier way.
So we must give Coconut Oil some credit because it is a source of MCTs — roughly 62 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs. But you would have to eat a LOT of coconut oil to get the level of MCTs needed to match the benefits of pure MCT oil. I’m talking Coconut Oil eating contest amounts—and who wants all those extra calories? Not me!
Think of MCT Oil as clean fuel for your body and brain.
Yep, there’s a new oil in town with way more MCTS and LESS calories. And, it looks like this one is here to stay.
310 MCT oil, made from the beneficial medium chain triglycerides in Coconut oil, converts to ketones to help fuel your mind and body. Unlike long or short chain tryglycerides, MCTs bypass the metabolic processing in the liver and quickly convert into energy right away—instead of being stored as fat like the slow-burning longer-chain fats like olive oil, butter, beef fat, palm oil, and coconut oil. It’s like the Goldilocks story—with the medium chains being just right.
Don’t fear fat
You were probably raised to fear saturated fat, but now researchers and health experts are suggesting that not all saturated fats should get a bad rap, especially the fat found in pure MCT oil. MCT oil is a clean source of fuel for the body and brain. Clean meaning you get the nutritional benefits without the bad stuff like sugar, carbs, and artificial ingredients. When you consume this quick-digesting fat, the body rapidly absorbs and metabolizes it for fuel instead of storing it as fat. It helps give you a quick burst of energy as well as long lasting energy throughout the day.
This could be why Mark Hyman, M.D., author of Eat Fat, Get Thin, calls MCT oil “the secret fat that makes you thin.” Dr. Hyman says MCT oil is a “super fuel” for your cells because it “boosts fat burning and increases mental clarity.”
You’ll never feel that “I can’t function” feeling on MCT oil because it literally helps you function, fueling your body and brain.
Stay full with carb-free energy.
MCTs can also help regulate your metabolism, energy, and mood levels. It can help your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients from food. Plus, as part of a healthy diet, MCT oil can even help you feel full for longer periods of time so you don’t overeat—nice perk, right?
Does your brain need a boost?
MCT Oil can help boost your cognitive function as well as support brain health. How? Your brain is largely made up of fatty acids, so you need a steady supply from your diet to feel your best, think clearly, perform well at work and stay sharp well into old age.
Remember, the difference lies in the length of the chain.
Although there are many different types of fatty acids in coconut oil, the only fatty acids that convert to ketones and fuel your mind and weight loss are C6, C8 and C10. So of course, those are the ones we make 310 MCT Oil out of.
Caproic Acid (C6):
There’s very little found in coconut oil. It is the fastest conversion into ketones.
Caprylic Acid (C8):
A potent anti-microbial and helps in maintaining a healthy gut. It also has ultra-fast conversion into ketones to help fuel your brain and muscles.
Capric Acid (C10):
An exceptional source to aid in sustained energy and appetite control while helping to keep you alert and focused.
How do you incorporate MCT Oil into your diet?
310 MCT oil is a clear, flavorless liquid but make sure you DO NOT cook with it. It’s unrefined, so it has a low smoke point similar to flaxseed oil, wheat germ oil, and walnut oil. It does not respond well to heat so don’t cook with MCT oil.
What you can do is add the plain oil to coffee, smoothies, or salad dressings. It’s easy to slip into a meal or drink since a serving size usually ranges between just half a tablespoon to up to 3 tablespoons.
Use it in your favorite 310 Shakes, 310 Juices, 310 Detox Teas, 310 Lemonade, or salad dressings, pastas, unheated sauces and more. Keep your 310 MCT oil in the fridge and shake it well before each use.
Easy as 1-2-3.
Just begin with one tablespoon of 310 MCT oil daily and increase gradually to three tablespoons per day until your body has adjusted. Make sure not to exceed the recommended daily intake or you could experience mild intestinal or digestive discomfort, particularly on an empty stomach.
Ready to give your brain and body a natural boost?