What is Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT?)

We’ve all heard a lot about coconut oil and its health benefits over the last few years. It’s great for cooking, skincare, and some people swear by it for deep conditioning their hair. Now there’s a new trend that has emerged, the use of Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT) which is supposed to boost your metabolism and help with weight loss. But what exactly is MCT oil? 

MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. Triglyceride is a fancy term for fat consumed and is either used for energy by your body or stored as fat. But MCT oil is a little bit different than other fats we eat because of its chemical structure. MCT oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, specifically up to 12 carbon atoms. Most other fats are made up of long-chain fatty acids. 

What are the Health Benefits of MCT Oil?

MCT oil is metabolized differently than most fats. When you consume it, the fat is quickly broken down by your body going straight to your liver. Instead of being stored as fat, MCT oil is converted into energy. MCT oil can also be converted into ketones, which can be used as an energy source by the brain. 

Many people use MCT oil as a boost of energy and to help with weight loss. This is because it is lower in calories compared to other fats, gives a sense of fullness, and is less likely to be stored as fat by the body. There are some studies that suggest MCT may help burn more calories or lead to greater fat loss, but more research needs to be done to legitimize these claims.