MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides or medium chain fatty acids. They’re types of fat most often derived from coconut oil but sometimes made from palm oil. MCT oil is colorless, odorless, and stays liquid at room temperature, making it the perfect fat to add to food, smoothies, and coffee for extra energy and brain-boosting benefits.
MCTs are known for providing you with quick energy and a sharper brain. They’re absorbed more quickly than other fats and easily converted into energy. Or at least three of them are.
C12, on the other hand, behaves much more like a typical fatty acid, going through your stomach, breaking down in your small intestine, then absorbed in your blood to get turned into energy. And, unfortunately, C12 is the main “MCT” in most MCT oils and in coconut oil. We’ll get to that later.
First, the benefits of MCTs. Their unique structure and the way they’re metabolized in your body give them a host of benefits you won’t find in other fatty acids.
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