There has been a lot of talk lately about MCT oil versus coconut oil, which one is better and why. However, the differences are very distinct and no matter how much talk takes place, you really need to know how each one differs before you can make an educated decision about which one is right for you and your family. Because what’s right for one person, may not be right for another. So let’s begin by defining what MCT oil is, then we will move on to comparing MCT oil vs coconut oil.
MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides, which is quite simply fatty acids, also known as MCFA’s or medium chain fatty acids. All oils can contain short, medium or long chain fatty acids; furthermore, almost all oils are a combination of each type. MCFA’s have different carbon chains that have a number range between 6 and 12. C6 is a caproic acid, C8 is a caprylic acid, C10 is a capric acid and C12 is a lauric acid and they all contain a multitude of health benefits.
The most predominant of these fatty acids, and can be found in coconut oil, is lauric acid. Coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid. All medium chain fatty acids contain health benefits; however, the lauric acid is the most widely known and has very powerful antimicrobial properties.
Coconut oil is a natural resource and can be found in nature. Additionally, it contains all four MCFA’s. Comparatively, MCT oil is not found in nature. With MCT oil a processing machine is used to separate the MCFA’s from the other oils through a manufacturing process called fractionation.
Many believe the fractionation process and separating these oils is what makes MCT oil healthier; however, that is not the case. This belief is derived from conjecturing that since MCT’s are so healthy that more of them would be even better. But this is simply not true.
The fractionation process used to make MCT oil removes the lauric acid, leaving only the capra fatty acids. But it’s the lauric acid in combination with the capra fatty acids that make coconut oil so healthy. Therefore, removing the largest health component of coconut oil and calling it MCT oil as a healthier option is a misleading statement. That means coconut oil is by far the better option. But does that mean MCT oil is bad for you?[table id=1 /]
No. MCT oil is not bad for you; however, with the lauric acid removed from its content, it’s not better for you than coconut oil, it’s just different.
You may also see the term “liquid coconut oil” being thrown around. Coconut oil in its true form is a solid at room temperature. However, if the lauric acid is removed, which is the case in MCT oils, the coconut oil will remain a liquid even at lower temperatures. Additionally, you will not receive the same health benefits as you would by using unprocessed coconut oil. Again, that doesn’t mean it’s bad for you, because using coconut oil in any form is still better than using any other type of oil.
Coconut oil is thought of as a superfood by many natural health practitioners due to its abundance of wonderful healing properties, such as treating and preventing a multitude of diseases. To learn more about the benefits of coconut oil, click on the links below.
The healthy versions of coconut oil are known by different terms, or combination of terms, such as: organic, raw, virgin or extra virgin, unprocessed or cold-pressed coconut oil. Adding this type of coconut oil to your daily routine can make a huge difference in your life. It will give you more energy, keep you free from illness and disease, and help keep you out of the doctor’s office. Try some coconut today and enjoy a healthier tomorrow!