MCT vs. Coconut Oil

You may have recently heard about MCTs. But what are MCTs and why are MCTs being compared to coconut oil in the media? This blogpost will provide some clarity around the MCT vs Coconut Oil debate.

Our Green Cat Health Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO) contains organic coconut oil to enhance absorption by the body. Full extract cannabis oil and organic coconut oil is an excellent combination to use, with the only drawback being the product may solidify under colder conditions. This is not a huge drawback, as placing the bottle of cannabis oil in a bit of warm water will turn the product back to liquid again.

To stop the solidification problem, our Green Cat Full Extract Cannabis Oil is now mixed with MCT instead of organic coconut oil. So what exactly is MCT, and does this differ from organic coconut oil?

What are MCTs?

MCT oil can be derived from coconuts, but it is a much more concentrated compound when compared to organic coconut oil.

Let’s start with: what exactly are MCTs? MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are three fatty acid groups with a glycerol backbone.

Many people hear triglycerides and immediately associate the terms with heart disease and bad cholesterol. But some triglycerides are actually considered to be healthy fats. The chain length of the fatty acid determines what category each fatty acid fits into: short-, medium- and long-chain.

  • Short-chain fatty acids function as friendly gut bacteria that ferment fiber in your colon. They provide the main source of energy for cells lining your colon.
  • Medium-chain triglycerides are commonly extracted from food sources such as coconut oil and palm oil.
  • Long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) or long-chain fatty acids are obtained through most fats and oils, such as extra virgin olive oil, soybean oil, fish, nuts, avocados, and other meats.

What makes Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) different?

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) can be absorbed intact by the body, and are transported to the liver intact. MCTs are thus absorbed by the body without any metabolic steps. MCTs can also directly enter the mitochondria, the cells powerhouse, and help it produce energy.

Long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) are mostly metabolized in the intestine, which results in their incorporation into chylomicrons, the body’s fat transporting systems. This results in long-chain fatty acids either being used by the cells, or stored as fat.

The raw facts about MCT and Coconut Oil

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are made by refining raw coconut or palm oil to remove impurities and other compounds. This process concentrates the MCTs that are naturally found in the raw coconut or palm oil.

MCT oil generally contain 50 to 80 % caprylic acid and 20 to 50 % caproic acid.

Typical example of a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT), containing three medium chain fatty acids (Caprylic acid in blue and Capric acid in red).

Coconut oil is made from copra, which is the kernel or meat of the coconut.

Coconut oil naturally contains MCTs, namely 42% lauric acid, 7% caprylic acid, and 5% capric acid. In addition to containing MCTs, coconut oil also contains LCTs and unsaturated fats.

Coconut oil that has solidified. Solidification may occur at lower temperatures and can be solved by placing the container in warm water. This can be done many times. Never use a microwave to do this.

Are MCTs safe to consume? Is MCT oil safe to use?

Coconut oil is packed full of MCTs, so likely you have consumed MCTs before without even knowing it! The few drops that you will ingest with your full extract cannabis oil each day is too small an amount of oil to have any significant impact on liver health – even when used for extended periods.

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