5 Things to Know About MCT Oil Powder
1. MCT stands for medium chain triglyceride which is a class of fats found in certain foods like coconuts.
2. MCTs are smaller fats that are more rapidly digested and used for energy and ketone production.
3. Our MCT powder is made up of 7g of MCTs per serving bound to acacia fiber making them a great mixable option for adding to shakes, smoothies, and recipes!
4. Start with ¼ serving of MCTs and work your way up to a full serving, especially if you’ve never taken MCTs before.
5. Several other Perfect Keto products contain MCTs so when stacking products, make sure you are tracking your total MCT intake to avoid stomach cramps.
What is MCT Oil Powder?
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. You may also see them called MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids).
They’re “medium” because they only have 6-10 carbon atoms (as opposed to long-chain triglycerides, which contain more than 12). MCTs are a form of saturated fatty acids and consist of four different types based on their carbon length. MCTs are the ideal source of energy because they don’t rely on other enzymes for absorption in your body.
MCT oil is made from pure MCTs extracted from whole foods, usually coconut and/or palm oil.
NOTE: Perfect Keto’s MCT oil products are all derived from coconut, not palm oil.
MCTs are a much faster source of energy than most fats, making them the ultimate keto-approved fat source.
When your body uses ketones as its main source of fuel instead of glucose (from carbs), it can enter and remain in a state of ketosis.
MCT oil is powerful because it helps make those ketones readily available for your body to use, making ketosis easier to achieve and maintain.
Unlike most other foods, the two MCTs used in MCT oil are swiftly absorbed and metabolized as energy in your body, making them the perfect fuel. Because they’re efficiently burned, saturated fats and MCT oil in particular have two positive effects on weight:
- No fat storage. MCTs don’t get stored as fat in your body; they’re all turned into ketones.
- Higher calorie burn. MCTs have a thermogenic effect (burning calories to create heat). This fat-burning process results in a metabolism boost.
There are 4 reasons why MCT oil can be burned as fuel so effectively:
- MCTs reach your liver quickly. They don’t have to go through peripheral tissues first, like LCTs (long-chain triglycerides) do.
- MCTs don’t have to be broken down into smaller molecules. Unlike long-chain fats, the body can absorb MCTs more efficiently due to the size of their carbon bonds.
- MCTs cross the double membrane of the mitochondria quickly (the energy “factory” of the cell).
- MCTs don’t need the presence of an enzyme called carnitine to be converted to energy, like LCTs do.
MCTs can be quickly converted into ketones because they need fewer steps to be metabolized in your cells. MCT oil provides the most effective MCTs that turn into energy faster.
Consuming MCT oil (like Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder) has been shown to…
- Raise the metabolic rate at which your body functions — leading to greater weight loss and health outcomes[*][*][*]
- Help keep a healthy balance of gut flora and improve the absorbability of nutrients[*]
- Have a strong blood sugar stabilizing effect that may help reduce inflammation and improve brain function[*].
Chances are, you’re reading this guide because you have just bought Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder and aren’t sure exactly how to use it. The following sections can help you.
Why MCT Oil Powder?
Both the liquid and powder forms of MCTs are a great source of clean and sustainable energy, but MCT oil powder is recommended for beginners. It’s easier on the digestive system than MCT oil in its liquid form.
MCT oil powder is also:
- Convenient. You can pack it in smaller containers and take it to the gym or the office without the risk of it spilling. It’s also considerably lighter.
- Flexible. It mixes effortlessly into drinks and is easy to combine with other supplements such as exogenous ketones or a collagen supplement.
- Easier on the digestive system. This allows you to consume more at once, which may lead to potentially higher energy and ketone levels and a decreased potential for disaster pants. A preliminary study on animals also suggests that MCTs in the form of powder could improve nutrient digestibility[*].
- Great to cook with. Powder is easier to incorporate into some recipes – especially baking! – than oil.
There are also bonus benefits when the powder used is a high quality fiber like acacia. It may normalize bowel movements, reduce inflammation in your gut, and provide you with a longer sense of fullness, which may support weight loss efforts.
How to Use MCT Oil Powder
MCT Oil Powder creates a creamy texture to the foods and beverages you mix it into, so it’s a must-try in baking recipes, smoothies, and hot drinks.
It’s also easy to travel with, since it’s in powder form, unlike most traditional MCT oils.
Generally, coconut oil, coconut-derived products, and palm oil have higher concentrations of lauric acid than capric or caprylic acid, while dairy products have relatively low concentrations of lauric acid and more capric and caprylic acid. But it’s difficult to get enough MCTs from food products, so it’s easier to take it in a supplement form.
How Often Should I Take MCT Oil Powder?
If you’re new to MCT oil, start off with small amounts. Begin with a half-scoop per day and slowly increase your intake to get your body accustomed to the MCTs.
If you take too much MCT oil all at once without allowing your body to ease into it, you may experience digestive upset.
Once your body begins to adjust to the metabolization process, then you can increase to a tablespoon a day or however much you prefer. A little goes a long way and due to its lack of taste or smell, it can be added to almost anything.
MCT oil or MCT oil powder is perfect in your morning coffee, salads, or added into protein shakes.
Just one scoop contains only 70 calories and 7 grams of fat, so add to a meal or beverage any time you need an extra fat boost in your day.
How Much MCT Oil Powder Should I Take Each Day?
MCT oil is generally safe and doesn’t have adverse effects.
After your body goes through an adjustment period, you’ll experience the benefits of MCT Oil Powder by taking one scoop per day.
Research hasn’t yet found a lethal dose for MCT oil, even when they have fed rats a dose equivalent to 1.7 cups of MCT oil for a 70 kg person[*] – but that doesn’t mean you should consume your whole tub in a week. Stick to 1-2 scoops per day.
When Should You Take It?
MCT oil powder has no caffeine or other stimulants in it, so you can take it at any time of the day, but here’s when many Perfect Keto-ers use it for the best effects:
Before a Workout
Don’t feel like you have to restrict your MCTs to the mornings. MCTs may provide an amazing source of energy for workouts, especially high intensity training.
Supplementing your pre- or post-workout meal with a scoop of MCT oil may improve both training intensity and recovery.
MCT oil as a pre-workout supplement can be great for individuals just starting the keto diet who usually increase their carb intake around their workout times for extra energy.
In the Morning
MCT oil is great to take any time you need to give your brain a power boost (which, for most of us, is early on in the day!).
Adding it into your coffee in the morning not only guarantees your recommended intake of healthy fats, but provides the ultimate energy for your body and brain to start the day.
Use MCT Oil Powder to make a delicious ketoproof coffee, adding a creamy texture without the cream.
To Break Your Intermittent Fast
Intermittent fasting is a popular way of eating when combined with the ketogenic diet, and has many benefits as well.
Because MCT oil can be so satiating and may provide a mental boost, it can be the perfect thing to break your fast with.
When You’re Feeling Peckish
If you’re hungry or want a snack during the day, MCT Oil Powder is the perfect go-to. It’s extremely satiating, with 7 grams of fat per 12 gram scoop. You won’t find yourself hungry if you snack on MCT Oil Powder.
MCT Oil Powder Recipes
Who Should Use MCT Oil Powder?
Women vs. Men
MCT Oil Powder does not discriminate by gender.
In fact, a double-blind study published in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that MCTs may suppress the accumulation of body fat in both healthy men and women[*].
Another study published in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that consumption of MCTs in overweight men may lead to improvements in overall lipid profiles — specifically showing increases in LDL particle size (the big “fluffy” LDLs that are associated with decreased cardiovascular risk) [*].
And for the women, a study conducted by the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition in Quebec suggested that overweight women consuming MCTs may improve their overall cardiovascular risk profile [*].
Is MCT Oil Powder Vegetarian or Vegan Friendly?
Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder is vegan and vegetarian friendly, as no animal products are used in the production of the supplement.
Is MCT Oil Powder Safe During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding?
There are currently no known studies on the effects of MCT oil on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor before taking this supplement!
How Does MCT Oil Powder Affect Ketosis and Blood Sugars?
As stated above, MCT oil helps make ketones readily available for your body, so ketosis is easy to achieve and maintain.
Additionally, one serving contains zero sugar, two grams of carbohydrates, and two grams of dietary fiber, meaning it does not affect blood sugars, and has the added benefit of having no net carbs.