Healthy fats are an important part of a healthy diet. We’ve created these Coconut Milk Smoothie Cubes to add to your favorite smoothie. Find out more below about the ingredients we’ve included and why we choose to include them in our diets.
Why use MCT oil in coconut milk smoothie cubes?
MCT is kind of a buzzword right now in the health and wellness sphere, so chances are you’ve heard of them and know what they are, or you’ve heard of them and don’t know what they are. Either way, here’s a quick refresher.
Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are at type of fatty acid derived from coconut and palm oil that is metabolized by the body differently than other types of fat. MCTs go straight to the liver from the digestive tract where they are quickly converted into energy.
Bottom line? MCTs are a good source of quick energy.
Who should use MCT oil?
Athletes may particularly benefit from MCTs. This type of fat may aid in decreasing overall body fat and increasing lean muscle, and increasing endurance.
For the rest of us, MCTs are beneficial because they may help lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Because of the way they are used by the body directly through the liver, MCTs may be used medically for certain illnesses or disorders as a nutritional supplement. Those with absorption disorders such as Crohn’s, celiac disease, a shortened bowel (surgically or otherwise), stomach or other digestive issues. There is even some evidence that MCT oil may help fight against brain degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
MCT oil is typically a huge part of the keto diet, but it isn’t just for keto. Our brains run on both carbs and fat. For those non-keto people, it’s important to have a balance between all of the macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins), and MCTs can fit into a regular way of eating.
Those who follow the keto (high-fat, low-carb) lifestyle are able to hack the body’s metabolism so that the brain and body stop burning carbs for fuel, and use fat instead.