Coconut Oil vs. MCT Oil

I’m planning on trying some rendition of Bulletproof coffee this weekend, but I don’t think I’m going to buy the actual Bulletproof brand coffee though.  If anyone has tried this or has any suggestions, please feel free to share.

What is the difference between MCT oil and coconut oil?  As far as I can see, they are pretty much the same thing…coconut oil contains 2/3 MCT oil, whereas MCT (mostly derived from coconut oil) is 100% MCT oil.  It looks like the coconut oil may have more health benefits than MCT oil.  MCT stands for medium-chain tryglycerides, they are usually used for food absorption disorders.  Some athletes use them during training to decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass.  Most people like the MCT oil because it doesn’t solidify, but they are used interchangeably.   So, I guess if you’re not into the taste of coconut, then use the MCT oil.  Pure MCT oil is available, but it is processed, so it’s not natural nor organic.  Beware when you buy MCT oil because there are ones out there with a lot of added carbs.

Coconut oil’s ability to control hunger and cravings is well documented. It’s medium chain fatty acids promote thermogenesis and lead to increased metabolic rates.  For anyone with type-2 diabetes, you should actually use coconut oil to control your blood glucose; it’s actually one of the fats that they can eat without having to worry. I read a few articles where increasing the use of coconut oil helped people get off their insulin.  FYI, don’t confuse coconut oil with coconut butter!  Coconut butter is loaded with carbs!  Drug companies have also recognized that coconut oil is effective in combating diabetes, but since coconut oil is natural food, nobody can put a patent on it.  So all those holistic health people that you know, may be onto something.  There was a study done on capric acid, a natural fatty acid found in coconut oil, that found it can serve as a regulator of blood sugar levels.  I love finding out new things!

I think I’ll be using coconut oil in my coffee!  It seems that finding the correct (safest) form of MCT oil might prove to be a difficult task.  If you find the MCT oil that isn’t processed, it should have no bearing on anyone who has diabetes; zero carbs, zero sugar.

Amazing how a little bit of research can uncover so much.

“If we knew what we were doing it would not be called research, would it?”

-Albert Einstein-

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I’m a 36 year old kid at heart. I reached a low point in my life where I felt like I needed to take control before I didn’t have the choice, and that’s when I decided that I needed to change my lifestyle. It’s going to be my life long goal to always achieve optimum health…I am still young after all. Here I am, over one year into my Paleo journey, and I never felt better.

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