featured photo credit
Coconut. Have you noticed there’s a bit of a trend happening with this food right now? Especially with coconut milks and oils. Well, there’s a reason this tropical fruit is making a comeback in the world of health food. The biggest being MCFAs, or MCTs.
What the heck are MCTs?
MCT stands for medium chain tryglyceride, also known as medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). These shorter chain fatty acids are more readily absorbed by the human body, and once in the digestive system are delivered directly to the liver to be used as energy, rather than be stored as a fat. Due to this process, the saturated fats in coconut meat, milk, and oil can actually speed up your metabolism.
Random fact: The animal milk that contains the highest amounts of MCTs is horse milk. Think I’ll stick to coconut.
What are the benefits of MCTs?
- Increased energy production in the body
- Supports healthy thyroid function
- Maintains healthy weight
- Anti-virus and antibiotic properties, plus fights off yeast, fungus, and candida
- Contributes to heart health
- Contributes to neurological health
- Healthy skin and hair
How do I get more MCTs in my diet?
Start using coconut oil when cooking, and replace some of the milk you consume with coconut milk. I use unsweetened coconut milk as creamer in my coffee in the morning (add a dash of cinnamon for a heavenly treat). You’d be surprised at how mellow the flavors of coconut milk and oil can be. It’s not overpowering, and quite complimentary to many things.
Here’s a quick recipe for a “power” breakfast cereal I sometimes make using coconut milk:
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut milk (depending on how much liquid you like)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
dash of cinnamon
Put the quinoa and blueberries in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with desired amount of coconut milk. Microwave (or warm stove top) until hot, usually 1:30 in the microwave. Sweeten with honey and mix in a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!