Unlocking MCT Oils to help regulate blood sugar

August 3, 2018

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A major health challenge facing a vast number of people this day and age is blood sugar regulation. This experience often feels like a never-ending rollercoaster ride because it creates cravings, energy crashes, and perpetual hunger (which also leads us to poor dietary choices). The prevalence of this problem has begged the question: can coconut and MCT oils assist in mitigating the highs and lows of unstable blood sugar?

One study in particular has addressed this inquiry. Scientists separated their test group into two entities insulin-resistant non-diabetic patients and normal healthy individuals without any blood sugar issues. These individuals were given a diet where 40% of the calories came from fat, and 75% of those fat calories were derived from MCT oils. The other group was given a more common diet comprised almost entirely of long chain fatty acids (LCTs).

Results from this experiment clearly showed that MCT oil effectively serves to regulate blood sugar levels: MCT oils increased the insulin mediated glucose metabolism by 6% in healthy individuals and 9% in those suffering from insulin-resistant non-diabetic conditions. These results indicate that MCT oils have the ability to assist in regulating blood sugar within the body and could also benefit those suffering from mild insulin insensitivity.

Furthermore, there are numerous benefits presented when it comes to blood sugar management. Another study indicated that those who consume MCT oils regularly had an overall reduced body weight, waist circumference, and a better lipid profile.

If you’re wondering why we continually stress the importance of “fat first” and the power of MCTs found in good fats like coconut oil and avocado, this is the reason why! Healthy fats are nourishing for the body on a deeply systemic level. Whether your goal is weight-loss, enhanced sense of wellness, or mental clarity and energy, the science continues to point to MCT oils as a powerhouse food source for complete nutrition.

If you find it difficult to incorporate MCT oils into your diet here are some simple and easy ways we like to use it at home, work, or on the go:

● Add to your morning coffee, tea, or chai. Usually one to two servings does not alter the mouth-feel of the beverage.
● Nutritional boost to smoothies. Much like protein or collagen powder, adding some MCT oil to a smoothie is a great way to incorporate it into your daily routine.
● Drink it on its own. It may sound odd, but the oil is easy to take by itself. Our MCT oil has a mild flavor and minimal aftertaste (which cannot be said for every MCT oil on the market!).

Balancing the rollercoaster ride of blood sugar ups-and-downs does not have to be an eternal struggle! Incorporating more good fats into your diet is a proactive countermeasure that can help to insure you are supporting your body in an effective, nourishing, and sustainable way.

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