June 14, 2011

Rant and Tip for June 14, 2011

Let’s talk about Medium Chain Triglyceride oils. It digests in the body more like a carbohydrate. In fact, it is burned quicker than carbohydrates and has almost no tendency to be stored as body fat. MCT oil is used to sustain energy levels when lowering carbs or adding quality calories to your diet when trying to gain lean mass. MCTs are fats that are naturally found in coconut and palm kernel oil. MCT's are more easily and rapidly digested than other types of fats, as they require lower amounts of enzymes and bile acids for intestinal absorption. MCT's are metabolized very quickly in the liver and are reported to encourage an increase in energy expenditure, while decreasing fat storage. Numerous studies suggest that substituting MCT Oil for other fats in a healthy diet may therefore help to support healthy weight and body composition. It is very helpful in helping you maintain your energy levels when you are trying to get really lean. Some people even think it helps with Atkins Flu. Coconut oil is high in MCTs as well as other fats. I have read recently that 50% of the oil in coconut oil is a MCT oil. There are also MCT oils on the market you can buy. I tend to like and use Captri which is 100% MCT oil. It helps me lean out for a meet and maintain my energy levels. There are of course other brands and I am not endorsing Captri only. Just get a good one if you are interested in picking some up. Just read the nutritional label.

Have a great work out

Tip of the day:

Read your labels, take the time to learn how to read your nutritional labels. If you are eating a low carb diet be sure to take note of portion size and the dietary fiber and sugar alcohols in the item. Subtract out the DF and SA form the carbohydrate total and that is your net carb count. Be careful of those sugar alcohols they can be nasty on your digestive system.

1 comment:

  1. I think coconut oil and MCT's are a good thing in moderation or for specific purposes - quick energy on a low carb diet. In general, I consider them part of a healthy mix of fats.

    Remember though that they (MCT's) are a preferential energy source meaning they will definitely be burned before your own body's fat :) Of course, Jim doesn't have any of that :)