Coconut Oil & MCT: 2 TSP a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, maybe, but we’ve taken the liberty of upgrading this saying because we simply can’t live a day without our coconut or MCT oils.
Most oils consist entirely of long-chain triglycerides, but coconut oil is high in a saturated fat known as medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. The difference is in how the body metabolizes these fats. Medium-chain triglycerides have an unusual chemical structure that allows the body to digest them easily. They’re absorbed and taken straight to the liver to be used for energy, which can in turn raise the metabolic rate of the body.
That’s right. This fat is not stored as fat, but instead used to generate energy, which speeds up your metabolism.
Studies have shown that when taken with or before a meal, the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil or MCT oil decrease appetite. This type of fat has also been shown to be both anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Clinical studies have shown that consuming coconut oil leads to greater energy expenditure in the body making it useful for weight management.
But let’s be clear.
The coconut oil we’re talking about here is virgin coconut oil. The labeling on coconut oil can get tricky so stick to organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil. And the same with MCT oil. Not all MCT oils are created equal.
The biggest drawback to buying manufactured MCT oil is that you might not really know what you’re getting. In order to produce a liquid MCT oil that doesn’t become solid at colder temps, it might need to be more refined than coconut oil. Just make sure you’re buying a high-quality MCT oil that clearly states what the ingredients are and how it was processed.
The List of Benefits Goes On
Not only are these metabolism-boosting oils good for your waistline, they’re great for protecting your heart as well. The saturated fats increase the healthy cholesterol (HDL) in your body while converting the bad cholesterol (LDL) into good cholesterol.
Many diseases today are caused by an overgrowth of bacteria, fungus, viruses and parasites in the body. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is a potent anti-microbial agent. It fights bacteria in the body to help block out viruses and keep your immune system strong and healthy.
- Can Help with Weight Loss or Maintenance
- Helps Protect Heart Health
- Improves Energy Levels and Mood
- Supports Digestion and Nutrient Absorption in the Gut
- Has Antibacterial, Antiviral and Antifungal Properties
- Can Withstand High-Heat Cooking
Comparison of Coconut Oil vs MCT Oil
There’s been no shortage of coconut oil uses and treatments proven by recent research. Coconut oil not only provides MCTs (approximately 60%), but also holds antibacterial properties, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and the list goes on. The difference between MCT oil and coconut oil is that MCT oil is more concentrated and contains different proportions of MCTs. While coconut oil certainly has MCTs in it, concentrated MCT oil is almost entirely MCTs.
There are four different kinds of MCTs, which differ depending on the number of carbons there are connected to the fat molecules (this ranges between 6 to 12 carbons long). The MCTs in coconut oil are made up of about 50% of one kind (lauric acid), so the fact that coconut oil is mostly just one type of MCT is one reason that some people prefer concentrated MCT oils more. “MCT oils” usually have all four types of MCTs that can be difficult to get from other foods.
2 TSP a Day
So back to the 2 teaspoons a day rule. You can do more and you can do less. There are so many articles out there suggesting 1 tsp to 2 TBSP a day. I personally feel like roughly 2 tsp works for me.
The goal for me is not weight loss, I’m simply wanting to boost my metabolism and keep it functioning properly. I’m also in it for the amazing health benefits.
Some of you may be interested in using it as a weight loss tool and if so, it’s best to liquify the coconut oil in hot water before consuming it. Mix 1 tsp of coconut oil in a mug and add hot water or herbal tea. Stir until melted, then drink twenty minutes before eating a meal. You should start to notice that it allows you to feel full more quickly, on smaller portions.
How do I use daily coconut oil or MCT oil?
- 1 tsp MCT oil in my morning coffee daily
- 1 tsp organic, virgin coconut oil before bed daily
- I use coconut oil before bed daily on my face and body as a moisturizer
- I do oil pulling once a week; click here if you’ve never heard of oil pulling
Hopefully you found this post insightful. As always, if you have any questions or comments please share them with us!