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Everything You Need to Know About MCTs

MCTs, or medium-chain triglycerides, are a type of fatty acid that your body is unable to produce by itself.


MCTs play a key role in providing your body with energy, which can be especially important if you’re following a low-carb diet.

What are the Health Benefits of MCTs?


The health benefits of MCTs can include:


  • Providing your body and brain with an instant source of fuel
  • Supporting weight loss and overall fitness levels
  • Reducing cholesterol levels, as part of a wider healthy lifestyle
  • Supporting gut health, thanks to their antibacterial properties


MCTs can be especially beneficial if you’re following a ketogenic diet, helping to keep your body fuelled with energy.


Medium-chain fatty acids are much easier to digest than long-chain fatty acids, as their shorter length makes them easier to absorb.


Long-chain fatty acids pass through the digestive system, but some MCTs including caproic acid (C6), caprylic acid (C8) and capric acid (C10) go straight to the liver, where they can be converted into energy straight away, giving you an instant boost.

Where to Find MCTs


Sources of MCTs include:


  • Coconut oil
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • MCT supplements


coconut and coconut oil, a source of MCTs

MCTs at Garden of Life


If you follow a lactose-free diet, it can be a little more challenging to increase your intake of MCTs, as they are primarily found in dairy products. However, they are also found in coconut oil, which can be a good alternative to olive oil if you’re following a keto diet.


Garden of Life Organic Coconut MCT Oil is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free. It’s keto-friendly and paleo-friendly, and incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet.



Each serving of our organic coconut oil delivers 13g of MCTs, including caprylic and capric acids to provide your body with a boost of energy.


We only extract oil from coconuts that are Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified – we’re extremely proud that we can trace each of our ingredients right back to its source.


Palm kernel oil is another source of MCTs, but we’re greatly concerned about the effects of deforestation, and believe there is no reason to add this cheaper oil to our products, as 100% coconut oil provides all the benefits of MCTs.


Another option for increasing your intake of MCTs is our Garden of Life Keto Organic MCT Powder, which contains 6g of MCTs per serving. It also includes organic acacia fibre, is easy to mix and digest, and contains 1.5 billion CFU live bacteria.


How to Use Garden of Life’s Organic MCT Oil


Our Organic Coconut MCT Oil is perfect for stir-frying vegetables, using as a base for a tasty homemade vegan curry, and you can even use it to bake with, like in this recipe for chocolate popcorn brownies:



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2024-06-19 11:56:43By Every Health

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Every Health

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