If you’re into the health food scene, you’ve likely heard about some of the supposed benefits of adding MCT oil to your diet. But what is MCT oil, and how good for you can it be? At Redemption Road, our top priority is to help our customers not only nourish their bodies, but make informed decisions about their health and diet routines. Our Fog Cutter Creamer is packed with superfood ingredients to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Among these ingredients is MCT oil. We believe in the scientific benefits that MCT oil can provide for a healthy and active lifestyle. Read on to learn more about this ingredient and the role it plays in our superfood creamer.
MCT, or medium-chain triglycerides, are a kind of fat. Before you run for the hills, remember: you need a certain number of healthy fats in your diet! Fats help your body maintain healthy nerve and brain function, as well as access energy to help you move. So- how are MCT’s different fats? The medium-chain structure of the fat molecules has shown to be more rapidly broken down, meaning they can be used as an instant energy source before your body has time to turn store them as fat cells. That said, you can absolutely have too many MCT’s, so using them as a supplement requires proper moderation and education.
In one study published in the US National Library of Medicine, MCT’s showed to play a role in weight management as a part of a weight loss diet and regime. Across their test group in a sixteen-week weight loss program, many subjects showed healthy changes in blood pressure, total cholesterol, and blood glucose levels. What does this mean for you and your diet goals? As a result of these changes, combined with a healthy weight loss diet and exercise, subjects in the study lost more weight over the course of the project compared to a group consuming olive oil in place of MCT oil.
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In another study, researchers measured the effects of MCT oil on exercise endurance, specifically measuring its effects on metabolism. MCT oil is often used as a supplement to aid in effective food absorption. In this study on metabolism, subjects showed an improvement in high temperature-induced exercise performance. This has to do with the function of mitochondria in your cells during high-intensity workouts. The result is a high basal and stimulated metabolic rate in subjects who performed high-intensity exercise while maintaining a diet including MCT oil.
In addition to the benefits in relation weight loss programs and exercise metabolism, it has also shown a possible role in lowering a subject’s weight and decreasing metabolic syndrome, abdominal obesity, and inflammation.
MCT oil may sound like a fancy and inaccessible product, but medium-chain triglycerides are all around us! MCT exists naturally in foods with high percentages of coconut oil, palm kernel oil, desiccated coconut, and raw coconut meat. The rise in interest in MCT oil coincides with the growing popularity of coconut oil as a household staple and health food. However, these benefits shown in studies come from individuals taking concentrated MCT oil, which you can find in health products like Redemption Road Fog Cutter Creamer as well as other superfood products where MCT oil is clearly listed in the ingredients.
The results of incorporating MCT oil into your diet can vary, including:
- Increased feelings of fullness, thanks to an increase in peptides that help reduce appetite
- Lower fat storage, where nutrients are absorbed and digested more rapidly and efficiently
- Increased calorie burn, as well as increased ability to burn fat during exercise
While studies are still being performed on the benefits of adding MCT oil to your diet, the evidence that this superfood may help you explore new health goals is positive. If you’re interested in incorporating MCT oil into your diet but you’re unsure where to start- consider trying it in your coffee! Redemption Road Fog Cutter Creamer comes in a variety of flavors, making it easy to incorporate superfoods into your daily wellness ritual. Explore all of our superfood creamer flavors now!