by Kassey Cameron
If you’ve been following or looking into the ketogenic diet, then you are likely familiar with MCT oil. For many, it is one of the most essential components of bulletproof coffee. For others, it is a nice addition to other beverages that they want to increase the fat content of with the added benefits of ingesting MCT. MCT stands for medium chain triglyceride. Essentially, it’s a saturated fatty acid comprised of 6-8 carbon molecules. These medium chains are digested more rapidly and are quickly absorbed and used as fuel for your body. MCT oil is not found in nature in this state. It is a perfect combination of the medium chain triglycerides found in both coconut and palm oil (excluding the long chain triglycerides found in coconut oil).
So what makes MCT oil so special? Well, it’s not only a great source of fats, it’s also been studied for its use in treating gastrointestinal disorders, mal-absorptive disorders, reducing obesity, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders (Shah, Neha D, and Berkeley N Limketkai, 2017). In addition to these benefits, when MCT oil is absorbed it creates energy in the form of ketones. Being on a ketogenic diet, you use ketones for fuel. If you measure your blood ketone level shortly after ingesting MCT oil (say, in the form of a bullet proof coffee), you may notice an increase. So there are many benefits to MCT oil. But are there any negatives?
MCT oil in large doses can cause laxative effects in some people. When first adding MCT oil to your diet, it is recommended you start with a small amount and work your way up. But even then, there are some people that still find they are experiencing some GI upset. This is where the MCT Oil Powder comes in. The MCT oil powders are a bit lower in concentration then MCT oil (based on the same measurements) and are easier on the stomach and GI for those that are more sensitive. Another benefit is that the MCT oil powders come in flavors as well as plain. So for someone that wants to get in some extra fats you can mix it into your coffee, make a bulletproof hot cocoa with it, a matcha latte, or even mix it with some plain unsweetened almond milk and ice and blend it for a little “frappe”.
For this review, I tried Perfect Keto’s Chocolate, Matcha, and Vanilla flavored MCT Oil Powders. I added the chocolate and vanilla to my coffee and it was delicious! The chocolate made it similar to a mocha. For the matcha latte, I tried it both hot and cold. For the hot, I boiled 10oz of unsweetened almond milk and blended in 1 scoop of MCT matcha powder and added a little vanilla extract… it was perfect! For cold, I did the same thing, with the exception of boiling the unsweetened almond milk. I also added in ½ cup of ice and blended it! I topped it with some fresh whipping cream and a drizzle of keto approved caramel and it was almost as if I had my Starbucks Green Tea Latte back without the carb overload!