MCT Oil: What and Why?

MCT oil is an increasingly common addition to coffeehouse drinks. Why might you want a teaspoon of fatty acids in your coffee or turmeric latte? Here is a little background on the oil itself, and a few reasons why.

The acronym MCT refers to medium chain triglycerides, which are a saturated fatty acid found in a variety of sources, including coconut oil, palm oil, ghee, as well as grass-fed butter, cheeses, whole milk, and full fat yogurt. While these are legitimate sources, we at True Nature choose to use an MCT oil that is derived entirely from coconuts, which is a vegan-friendly and sustainable source.

MCT oil is purportedly missing from many ‘modern western diets’ due to the longstanding belief that saturated fats are bad for your health. In contrast, because medium-chain fats are digested easily and sent directly to your liver, they are burned purely as “fuel” rather than being stored as fat, and thereby have the ability to positively alter your metabolism.

MCTs are also supportive of your gut environment, with the capability of fighting bad bacteria, fungi, and viruses. As an added bonus, they also provides a sustained energy boost to complement your morning drink of choice, be it caffeinated or non-caffeinated.

MTC Oil adds a nice butteriness and depth to your beverage, without altering the flavor. Come by the Sangha Kitchen to try it in your caffé latte or turmeric latte!