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Medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) are unique fatty acids that are found naturally in coconut and palm oils. They are able to stabilize blood sugar and enhance ketone body production, which makes them a powerful tool to reduce inflammation, improve metabolism and enhance cognitive function
Medium chain triglycerides are those that contain between 6 and 12 carbon chains.
There are four main types of MCTs:
C6 (Caproic Acid) – There isn’t a high quantity of C6 fatty acids in coconut oil, which might be a good thing. Despite being a ready source of ketone energy for your body, it has been found that too much can cause throat irritation and gastrointestinal distress
C8 (Caprylic Acid) – This is a rare type of MCT and useful for energy via ketone metabolism.
C10 (Capric Acid) – Another major MCT is C10 – considered a useful tool for energy metabolism because (like other MCTs) does not require bile salts for digestive purposes. In short, it’s easy to digest and convert to energy (1)
Digestion and Energy
MCTs are easily digested and do not require the production and utilization of bile.
The mitochondria are small organs within your cells that are responsible for producing all the energy needed by your tissues.
Fatty acids produce energy in the mitochondria but are dependent upon the L-carnitine compound in order for entry. MCTs provide immediate energy because they are able to cross the double mitochondrial membrane very rapidly and do not require the presence of carnitine
This results in the production of excess acetyl-coA which breaks down into ketones. The rapid formation of ketone bodies gives immediate energy to the brain and body
MCTs act similar to carbs in that they provide an immediate energy source. However, MCTs don’t raise blood sugar or increase insulin levels as carbs do
Compared to other types of oils and fats, MCTs seem to have positive effects on fat burning and weight reduction as it helps increase satiety and even raise the metabolic rate at which the body functions.
Studies demonstrate that dietary MCTs suppress fat deposition through enhanced thermogenesis and fat oxidation, helping the body produce ketones
Ghee is very similar to clarified butter or butter oil. It’s made by heating butter or milk fat until the liquid fats separate from the milk solids.
But unlike clarified butter, the oil is strained and then continues heating until it turns a golden brown color.
This caramelization gives ghee a distinct nutty taste, and the entire process removes the milk proteins, sugars, and water. Once the process is complete, ghee is nearly 100 percent fat.
Butter is almost pure fat, but it still has trace amounts of casein and lactose, the two parts of dairy that most often cause allergies. Casein is what gives butter its wonderful creaminess.
Ghee has either no casein or lactose or a vanishingly small amount, meaning even very dairy-sensitive people can usually eat it
Ghee is more nutrient-dense than butter
Really good ghee has a deep yellow-orange color that reflects its high vitamin A content. It’s also got a respectable dose of vitamins D, E, and K, and has twice the short- and medium-chain fatty acids that butter has.
On top of that, ghee has more butyrate, an anti-inflammatory fat that keeps you gut lining and metabolism in good shape
Raw cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume and is different from the common “Cocoa”
Cacao refers to the Theobroma Cacao tree from which Cocoa is derived, and is used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean.
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3) 3 Health Benefits of MCT Oil – Lucky Blog – The LuckyVitamin.com Health & Wellness Blog. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://blog.luckyvitamin.com/supplements/3-health-benefits-of-mct-oil/
4) Ghee Benefits: For Health. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/ghee-health-benefits#weight-loss13
5) Is Ghee Healthier Than Butter? | LIVESTRONG.COM. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/435588-is-ghee-healthier-than-butter/
6) What Is Cacao Good For? – Mercola.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://foodfacts.mercola.com/cacao.html