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Interested in a Little Something Extra in Your Coffee? Let’s Explore MCT Oil

Fans of MCT oil in coffee claim they get an extra boost of energy, improved focus, and mental clarity that their former morning cup of coffee never delivered.

What does adding MCT oil to coffee do?

Adding MCT oil to coffee adds fat to your diet without any additional carbohydrates. This can be a real boon to those who follow any of the low carbohydrate, high fat diet programs like the Ketogenic Diet Plan, as it enables a person to stay in ketosis. Proponents of adding MCT oil to their morning coffee contend that one may experience improved satiety, enhanced cognition, and the possibility of weight loss (when combined with exercise and a healthy lifestyle), if that is your goal. Others believe that the natural caffeine in coffee hastens the delivery of the fats in the MCT oil throughout the bloodstream, helping them to stay focused and have more mental energy. Another perk for the MCT oil in coffee fans is that the oil helps create an incredibly delicious, creamy cup of coffee. And who doesn’t love that?

MCT oil can also be used as an alternative to the popular keto fad of putting grass-fed butter in your coffee. But many devotees of the low carb lifestyle now use the butter and the oil simultaneously as they are required ingredients in any of the multitude of recipes for “Bulletproof” coffee that have become wildly popular. Fans of this morning blend claim that your morning Bulletproof coffee is a very different experience from what you get from the cup of regular, or even the fashionable, pricey morning latte you currently enjoy.

The benefits of MCT oil in coffee

Aside from being a welcome addition to the palate of any coffee connoisseur who has embraced the high fat, zero carbohydrate diet and lifestyle, MCT oil in your coffee also enables you to remain in ketosis for a longer period of time. Proponents claim they also get an extra boost of energy, improved focus, and mental clarity that their former morning cup of coffee never delivered.

Even if ketosis is not your goal, there may still be some benefits to using MCT oil in your coffee. Research indicates that MCTs may delay hunger signals and play an active role in other aspects of the control of food intake, especially satiation. Another study found that a relatively low daily intake of MCTs may play a role in an increase in daily energy expenditure (EE). This meta-analysis found that replacement of long chain triglycerides (LCTs) with MCTs in the diet significantly decreased body weight, waist circumference, hip circumference, body fat, subcutaneous fat, and visceral fat.

This article indicates that there are a number of benefits associated with regular use of MCTs. A major factor in the increasing popularity of MCT oil is its impact on supporting weight management. Though there is no concrete evidence that MCTs can directly alter your body weight, it does create a feeling of fullness, which could impact your consumption of food.

One of the many purposes for which the human body uses fats is as an energy source. The shorter length of the fatty acid chains of MCTs allows the body to get the benefits of MCTs, including energy, more easily than from other fat sources.

People who participate in strenuous exercise may experience cramps, fatigue, and temporary muscle pain as a result of lactate buildup in muscles. Preliminary evidence suggests that the use of MCT oil may help reduce this lactate buildup.

While there is increasing evidence about the benefits of MCT oil, there is a general consensus that larger scientific studies are needed. If you plan on making it a part of your daily regimen, it is best to consult your physician or healthcare provider before doing so.

How to add MCT oil to your coffee

There are at least as many ways to add MCT oil to your coffee as there are ways to prepare the regular cup of coffee you’ve been drinking every morning for as long as you can remember. It’s really a matter of taste, preference, and convenience. They all start with freshly brewed coffee (cold brew or iced coffee also work), MCT oil, and (if you’re looking to make Bulletproof Coffee) grass-fed butter, or ghee. Brightly colored yellow grass-fed butter is higher in omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamins A, K, D, E, and antioxidants than the pale grain-fed butter, so it is naturally a healthier choice to make. In a blender, combine 8-12 ounces of coffee with 1 tablespoon of MCT oil and 1 tablespoon of butter or ghee. Blend for about 20 seconds or until it is a frothy, creamy, golden texture. Most people enjoy the rich, healthy flavor of this coffee as is, but you can add other ingredients as your own taste dictates.

You can also try one scoop of chocolate MCT oil with a protein powder mix, 8-12 ounces of freshly brewed coffee, ½ cup of unsweetened vanilla or plain almond milk, 1 tablespoon of grain-fed butter or ghee, and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream mixed in the blender for about 20 seconds for a delicious, healthy, chocolate treat that will satisfy all of your chocolate cravings.

Every keto book in print now contains a section of Bulletproof Coffee recipes. Explore, adapt to your liking, and find the best, healthiest options for your taste buds. Many proponents of coffee with MCT oil in it love not only the taste and texture, but also the boost of energy that lasts for hours, the lack of caffeine and energy crashes, the improved focus and clarity, and the significant reduction in sugar and carbohydrate cravings they get from making it their coffee of choice.

How much MCT oil should I add to my coffee?

The typical portions used are 8 to 12 ounces of freshly brewed coffee (hot, iced, or cold brewed) and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil. If you are adding grass-fed butter or ghee (as most do), it is 1 tablespoon of butter or equal portions of MCT oil and butter. Many recommend that you begin with 1 teaspoon each of MCT oil and butter and work your way up to 1 tablespoon as you get used to the taste and the effect of the MCT oil.

But will MCT oil ruin the taste of my coffee?

MCT oil is generally sourced from coconut, so it should have little or no impact on your coffee’s taste. If you are using protein powder with MCT oil, it will likely have a flavor such as chocolate or vanilla. Read the product labels on MCT oil, (and all supplements), for all the information you need or want to know. Remember that it’s a different kind of coffee, so it will have a different taste and texture. Proponents love the frothy, creamy, rich cup of coffee they get when it’s made with MCT oil, but it might not be your cup of tea.

MCT oil can also be used in salad dressings, though it is not recommended to cook with, as it does not have a high smoke point.

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