Your Top Questions for 2018, Answered!
December 10, 2018
Posted by James J
We’ve been astounded by the great response we’ve received from people over the past six months. An amazing community has come together and embraced the power of healthy fats to change their lives. Many of you have asked excellent questions from us during this time and we thought the end of the year would be a great time to answer some of our most commonly asked questions from the community.
#1) What is the purpose of MCT oil?
The purpose of MCT Oil is to provide your body with a clean source of fat-based energy and to support a ketogenic diet if one is focusing on keto. MCT Oil provides the body an efficient source of energy that improves both weight loss performance for individuals and increases energy and mental focus. So the purpose of MCT Oil is to help you achieve a better you with a helpful ingredient which is powerful and easy to use and incorporate into your life.
#2) Is it important for MCT oil be organic and how does cold pressing affect the efficacy of the MCT oil?
The reason to look for organic MCT oil is the same reason as any food. An organic MCT oil lowers the odds of harmful ingredients seeping into the food and causing the body as much long-term harm as it does provide a benefit. There are good quality non-organic MCT oils. Just make sure you understand how it is processed, including cold-pressing.
The advantage of cold-pressed MCT oil is more unique to the product. We go into a lot of detail in a blog post series from earlier this year. The jist of it though is that cold-pressing MCT oil ensures a better quality product that is free from harmful solvents that are common in high-heat processing. Also, cold-pressed MCT oils tend to require a fresher coconut to produce the oil and as such the risk of rancidity is MUCH lower. Our organic MCT oil goes through an additional rancidity test both pre and post manufacturing to ensure no harmful pathogens have snuck their way into the product.
#3) What is the difference between the C’s of MCT oil?
This is an excellent question that I feel many, many individuals have. They here C-8, C-10, and C-12 but don’t know what each medium-chain triglyceride does for the body and assume that the most hyped one, C-8, must be the best. The truth is; however, that each triglyceride in MCT Oil performs an important function within the body.
C8, Caprylic Acid, is the energy star of the three oils. C8 is responsible for the energy burst you feel quickly after consuming MCT oil as C8 is rapidly converted within the body to ketones. Many individuals notice increased mental clarity, focus, and a stable energy source for a few hours after taking C8 oil.
C10, Capric Acid, is a powerful booster to the immune system. The oil does a terrific job in helping to reduce the volume of candida in the gut, as it was found in a 2001 study to rapidly destroy all three strains of the fungus. Also, C10 provides an immune boost to adults as it does in newborns. We do know that mothers transfer C10 to their infants to help the baby fight infection, and the antimicrobial properties of C10 make it likely that the oil provides the same benefit to adults.
C12, Lauric Acid, provides a strong antimicrobial defense as well with this acid’s properties being more focused on viral and bacterial. The main reason we include C12 though has to do with its ability to assist in weight loss. As the longest chained of the MCT oils, C12 takes the longest for the body to break down into energy. Because of this, it is also the oil that provides additional energy when C8 begins to wear off. Plus, C12 helps improve satiety by providing that longer flow of energy which C8 and C10 alone cannot provide.
#4) Do I have to take MCT oil if I am taking Coconut oil?
Well, no you don’t have to but should you might be a better question. In our opinion, MCT Oil should be taken even if you’re using coconut oil for many reasons. First and foremost MCT Oil has a higher concentration of MCTs and specifically C8 and C10 than does coconut oil itself. While coconut oil is still very healthy, MCT oil is just a step above it as it is essentially the concentrated healthy of the coconut oil.
The other reason we recommend having both is that each is used for different reasons. Coconut oil, in general, is better for recipes and uses in the kitchen when cooking and baking while MCT oils, in general, tend to be better for adding into drinks or consuming straight. Both serve their uses well but MCT oil is the nutritional powerhouse of the two.
#5) Can I use MCT oil during fasting?
While fat does not provoke an insulin response by the body (so will not break your fast as other macronutrients will), it can interfere with the work of autophagy. For this reason, we recommend pure water and water-¬based beverages, such as black coffee and AutophaTea™ without the added oil. However, if you are really struggling and are choosing between breaking your fast and having a little bit of coconut oil in your tea, absolutely opt for the coconut oil.
Do you have any questions you’d love answered? If so, feel free to reach out to us. We have a very exciting end to 2018 and start of 2019 lined up and we look forward to continuing the journey to a healthier lifestyle for next year and many years to come.
~The Simply Good People at SimplyGOOD Fats