Is MCT Oil A Scam?

By Elise Phillips Margulis | 22 October 2021 3122 views
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MCT Oil Is Very Popular… But Is It A Miracle Or A Myth?

Is MCT Oil A Scam?

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Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil has been getting a lot of buzz lately. People say it can aid in weight loss… help with appetite control… boost energy… and alleviate inflammation. 

MCT found fame via bulletproof coffee, which is a mix of brewed coffee, grass-fed butter, and MCT oil.

So what is this alleged miracle oil? And how does it work?!

MCT oil is a synthetic saturated fatty acid made in the lab by combining medium-chain triglycerides from coconut oil and palm oil.

Coconut and palm oils each contain medium- and long-chain triglycerides… so the long ones have to be removed to ensure that the supplement only has medium-chain ones.

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The “medium” length’s advantage is that it is easier to digest than long-chain triglycerides (LCT) and your body processes it very quickly. MCT has six to twelve carbon molecules. LCT, on the other hand, has more than twelve.

Fish, avocado, nuts, seeds and soybean oil, and safflower oils are examples of foods containing LCT. Coconut oil and palm kernel oil have MCT.

Dairy products also contain MCT, but not as much. To be specific:

  • Coconut oil consists of more than 60% MCT.
  • Palm kernel oil consists of in excess of 50% MCT.
  • Dairy products contain only 10–12% MCT.

MCTs travel straight to your liver, where they create instant energy or become ketones. Ketones are produced when your liver breaks down a great deal of fat.

Coconut and palm oils are excellent sources of medium-chain triglycerides, but MCT oil supplements have more concentrated MCT.

Is MCT Oil A Scam?

The Potential Benefits Of MCT Oil

Weight Loss

  1. MCTs have 10% less calories than LCTs—impressive!
  2. MCTs increase leptin and peptide YY. These are two hormones that make you feel full. So, MCT oil could help you feel full longer so you’ll eat less.
  3. MCTs aren’t stored as body fat because they go directly to your liver and brain when ingested. Awesome!
  4. Studies show MCTs may help burn calories and fat.
  5. MCT’s production of ketones allow you to eat more carbs while remaining in ketosis. This is especially helpful if you’re on the Atkins or keto diet.

Lower Cholesterol

Human and animal studies showed a reduction in cholesterol caused by MCT enriched milk. This reduction in cholesterol didn’t occur with LCT enriched milk.

Unfortunately, other studies did not have similar results. Further research must be done in order to verify whether MCT oil really can help lower your cholesterol.

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Lower Blood Sugar 

Several studies concluded that MCTs lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

Improved Brain Function

MCTs produce ketones when they travel to your liver. Ketones can reach your brain, which typical fatty acids are unable to do. This gives your brain an additional energy source. 

Normally, your brain uses glucose for energy. So when you consume MCTs, your brain has two types of fuel. If you’re like me, your brain could use a little more energy!

MCTs have been used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and autism. Your brain needs a great deal of fat… and MCT provides it!

In one study, people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s benefited from MCTs. The exception was individuals with the APOE4 gene variant.

Greater Endurance

One study showed that people who ate foods with MCTs were able to sustain high-intensity exercise for a longer period. That would be great!

Better Heart Health

Another study concluded that MCTs can help prevent the development of metabolic syndrome. This includes metabolic disorders like abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired fasting glucose levels.

Because MCTs help in weight management, they can also reduce cardiovascular disease and the risk of death. Their anti-inflammatory properties get the credit for making food easy to digest, filling, and easily converted to energy.

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Protection From Pathogenic Viruses

Medium-chain fats can help eliminate pathogenic viruses, strains, and bacteria that can result in digestive problems… like candida, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, stomach aches, and more.

Healthy fats absorb fat-soluble nutrients found in foods. Some of the important nutrients that healthy fats absorb include beta-carotene (in berries, squash, and leafy greens), lutein, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, and phosphorus.

Antifungal, Antiviral & Antibacterial Properties

MCT’s antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties may help balance bacteria in the gut. 

MCTs kill streptococcus (responsible for strep throat, pneumonia and sinus infections), straphylococcus (causes food poisoning and urinary tract infections), neisseria (results in meningitis, gonorrhea and pelvic inflammatory diseases), and stomach viruses, candida, ulcers, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Who wouldn’t want protection from that bunch of nasty conditions?!

MCTs also decrease “bad bacteria” without affecting the “good bacteria” that you need for digestion and keeping your intestines healthy.

Help For Other Medical Conditions

People suffering from cystic fibrosis, irritable bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, short bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, celiac disease, or certain gastrointestinal issues can benefit from MCT. 

MCTs can also be used in conjunction with medications to treat food absorption disorders like diarrhea, celiac disease, and digestion issues caused by partial removal of the intestine (for short bowel syndrome), or surgical removal of part of the stomach (gastrectomy).

Warning: Don’t take MCT oil if you have liver issues because, as stated previously, it goes directly to your liver.

Is MCT Oil A Scam?

How To Use MCT Oil

You can add MCT oil to coffee, tea, smoothies (or really, any beverage), or salad dressing. It is tasteless and won’t ruin the flavor of anything you are consuming.

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MCT oil seems to be safe for most people. Most supplement labels advise taking 1–3 tablespoons daily. You might want to start with half a teaspoon initially to make sure it doesn’t upset your stomach or cause cramping, gas, bloating, or diarrhea. Then slowly increase your dosage.

In conclusion, more studies are needed to confirm that prior studies can be replicated with accuracy. Some of the results of using MCT oil have been very promising… so we’ll be watching for more info on it!

 

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New Research From Harvard Says THIS Can Help You Lose More Weight…

MCT oil is enjoying its moment of fame. It’s being credited for weight loss, appetite control, and neurological benefits…

But it may be more hype than science. When you dig deep into the studies… it’s actually not that impressive.

However, a recent study on a different oil is pretty compelling.

It shows that a certain type of fatty acid has a big-time impact on how your brain signals hunger to the rest of your body…

And when you’re deficient in this fatty acid… your brain gets confused… and tells your body to eat more food instead of burning the food you’re already eating for fuel.

The result? Overeating… feeling sluggish… and storing most of the food you eat as fat.

But when you get more of this fatty acid…

It balances everything out… and makes your brain tell your body to burn the food you already have for energy.

The result? You feel less hungry… have more energy… and can eat more of the delicious, decadent foods you love.

In this groundbreaking article, these scientists will show you:

You can check out the full article right here:

Secret “Hunger-Disrupting” Fatty Acid Recently Discovered By Harvard Researcher