Superfood Spotlight: Keto C8 MCT Powder
by Vickie Chin on Aug 18, 2020
Have you tried our NEW Keto C8 MCT Powder? Maybe you haven’t picked it up yet because you’re still unfamiliar with a) what it is and b) what it does. Don’t worry - we’re breaking it down for you.
What’s are MCTs?
Medium-chain-triglycerides aka MCTs are a form of saturated fatty acids. Sometimes you’ll also hear people refer to them as MCFAs or medium-chain fatty acids.
MCTs get their name based on the length of their chemical structure. To put it simply, there are many different types of fatty acids (like omega 3’s, 6’s and 9’s for example!) and each of them are made up of strings that have varying amounts of carbon and hydrogen. All fats are categorized based on how many carbons they have in their strings. Short-chain fats have 6 or less carbons, medium-chains have between 6 and 12 carbons and long chains (like omega-3’s) have between 13 and 21.
We love MCTs because compared to long-chain fats, MCTs are more easily absorbed by the body making them a readily available source of energy. If you want to get into the nitty gritty of it, MCTs are smaller than long-chain fatty acids so it’s easier for them to permeate our cell membranes AND they don’t require a special enzyme in order for our bodies to use them.
Unlike short and long chain fatty acids, MCTs are easily digested and sent directly to our livers where they have a thermogenic effect and where they can have a positive effect on our metabolisms (but more on that later).
Just like there are different types of fatty acids (short, medium and long chain), there are different types of MCTs.
What are the different type of MCTs?
There are 4 main types of MCTs: C6, C8, C10 and C12 - each referring to the amount of carbons in their medium length chain. Regular MCT oil will contain all 4, each offering their own unique benefits. To get each individual type, you just need to purify the MCTs.
For the purpose of keeping this short and sweet, we’re going to focus on C8 (can you guess why?).
If you ask us, and many will agree, Caprylic acid aka C8 is prized because it’s the most ketogenic MCT, making it a quick source of energy among other benefits.
How is this possible?
When ingested, C8 instantly turns into ketones in the body which are then readily available to be used as energy. Ketones, which are more efficient than glucose (aka carbs), create more energy while using less oxygen. Not only does C8 offer mental clarity and stable energy, but it does so pretty instantly.
What else can C8 MCT do?
- Increase energy (thanks to the readily available ketones that it created in your body)
- Boost your metabolism and support weight loss (because you’re using fat for fuel instead of carbs)
- Regulate your appetite (fats are more satiating than carbs, fueling you while keeping you fuller for longer)
- Fight infection (thanks to its abundance of powerful antibacterial properties!)
- Reduce gut inflammation and ease digestive disorders (thanks to its ability to kill harmful bacteria in the gut!)
So how do you use it?
Our Keto C8 MCT Powder is as user-friendly as it gets. It’s flavourless so you can add it to just about anything and everything without worrying about changing the taste and as a powder not only is there less mess but it’s also more easily digested than liquid form. Here’s how we like to use it:
- Add a serving to your coffee, tea, latte or elixir for a creamy, energizing boost - you'll find it for this reason already packed into our Focus Fuel Coffee!
- Use it as source of fat in smoothies and smoothie bowls - try this keto acai smoothie bowl!
- Add it to energy bites and powder balls