Okay . . . so I don't normally speak negatively about products, but my blogs are here to inform the public and make you aware.
So MCT oils are all over the internet these days. There are hundreds of these products on the market ranging in price from $15 to $30 per bottle. And marketing is making us as the consumer, think this is a miracle oil and a new discovery. Well, I'm here to tell you . . . this is not a new discovery. In the 1930s it was discovered that when MCT oil was added into the diet it improved the absorption of various nutrients. But marketing is still trying to make the public think it's new and charging us an arm and leg for it. All this product is . . . is the oil from a coconut. That's right . . . look at the ingredient label. The only ingredient is coconut! And you can buy coconut oil at any grocery store for about $5 per jar. Someone is making big buck off us . . . shame, shame, shame on you marketing companies.
Okay . . . so let's talk about if MCT is good for you. In a word . . . ABSOLUTELY! All MCT stands for is Medium Chain Triglycerides. A term that has been around for centuries. There are short chain, medium chain and long chain triglycerides, with short and medium chain being metabolized differently than long chain. These are all the saturated fats that we consume every day that we eat food..
The benefit to these medium chain triglycerides, is that they can be rapidly broken down and are absorbed into the body, going straight to the liver. (Which is a good thing!)
The positive points to Coconut oil are as follows:
1. Promotes weight loss
2. Instant source of energy that can also be used to fuel the brain, therefore, could help manage epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Autism
3. May reduce the risk factors for Heart disease such as weight and cholesterol
4. May help control blood sugar levels and supports diabetes management
The negative points to MCT oil are as follows:
1. Too much MCT oil may stimulate the release of the Hunger Hormones
2. High doses could lead to fat build-up in the liver. (Not good)
3. Can cause significant gastrointestinal distress such as diarrhea, vomiting, bloating and cramping because it's metabolized differently . . . and can become taxing on the liver and pancreas.
So is Coconut oil good for us "YES," but in moderation please. I hope this blog saved you a few pennies. If you'd like more information click here.