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The Difference Between Coconut Oil and MCT Oil (and Benefits)

Colin Stuckert

Personally, I'm a fanatic of MCT oil, short for medium chain triglyceride oil.

And I think you will be just as crazy about MCT oil once you start using this miracle fat in your life

MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, and are classified as fatty acids with a carbon chain between 6 and 12. (And this matters, as you'll see below.)

MCTs are found to a varying degree in coconut oil, butter, cheese, palm oil, whole milk (not recommended), and full-fat yogurt (*choose grass-fed dairy products).

The 4 fatty acids that fall within this criteria are:

  • C6 - caprioc acid
  • C8 - caprylic acid
  • C10 - capric acid
  • C12 - lauric acid

Without going too deep into the science, here's what you need to know with MCT fats: typically, the shorter the carbon chain, the more quickly your body can process the fat into energy (in the form of ketones).

This is why MCTs are promoted as an efficient source of fuel that is difficult for your body to convert to body fat, making it an ideal fat to consume for health, fitness and body composition reasons.

But that's not all MCT is great for. O no... it does much more.

MCT oil derived from coconuts, especially MCT products containing lauric acid, are:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antiviral

This is where I need to make a note about the differences between coconut oil, MCT oil and MCT oil with lauric acid.

While each of these foodstuffs are miracle ingredients in their own right, they each have their own properties and ratios and are better for certain uses.

Let's breakdown the typical ratios of each of these three main oil market players.

Coconut oil is the standard. We all know it's healthy and useful and probably have some in our cabinet right now. But coconut oil has limitations.

organic coconut oil

First, let's look at the fatty acid makeup of coconut oil and compare that to the typical medium chain triglyceride oil makeup.

Coconut oil has a typical composition that looks like this:

  • C8: (caprylic) 5-8%
  • C10: (capric) 6-9%
  • C12: (lauric acid) 44-55%
  • C14 (and longer fatty acids): 12-40%

The concentration of lauric acid is why coconut oil is best for the antimicrobial, antibacterial and standard health purposes. This is also what makes it great for skin and hair care. But some people think that lauric acid doesn’t qualify as a true “MCT” because it doesn’t break down as fast as C6, C8 and C10, and so doesn’t have the same “benefits” that the shorter chain fatty acids do. To get more information about Coconut Oil health benefits, read this article from Nutri Inspector.

This lack of C8 and C10 are the main compositional difference between MCT and coconut oil.

Typical MCT looks like this:

  • C6: 1-2%
  • C8: (caprylic) 65-75%
  • C10: (capric) 25-35%
  • C12: (lauric acid) 1-2%

As you can see, due to having multiple times more C8 and C10, MCT oil is better than coconut oil for specific performance and nutritional goals.

The other main difference relates to the pure liquid of MCT compared to the cloudy coconut oil that solidifies in cold temperatures while imparting a coconut flavor and aroma.

MCT oil is flavorless, odorless and aroma-less. It also has a higher smoke point than coconut oil, making it suitable for low-to-medium heat cooking. 

This makes MCT perfect for adding to protein shakes or coffee blends like our Wild Butter Brew recipe.

Which brings us to the discussion of fueling your body with fat.

MCTs pass through your intestine before being processed by your liver. The smaller the carbon chain, the faster the fatty acid can move through this process, converting to fuel for your brain and body in the form of ketones through a process known as ketogenesis (often why it’s called brain fuel).

Ketones are known to help with weight loss through suppression of appetite and stimulating metabolism.

One 14-day study showed that substituting MCTs for other forms of fat in a typical diet reduced the overall quantity of calories consumed. (1) 

A few of the many benefits of MCT oil include:

  • Improve Gut Health
  • Fight bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
  • Easy to digest
  • Provide quick and clean energy
  • Hard for your body to store as body fat
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Combat inflammation
  • Help replace longer chain fatty acids prevalent in the standard Western diet
  • Flavorless and odorless
  • Moderately high smoke point
  • Raise metabolic function
  • Improve cognitive function
  • Support digestion and the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins—vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, lutein, to name a few

How to use MCT oil

Now that you know why MCTs are awesome for you, here are some tips for getting more of them into your diet...

  • Take a TSP or a swig from the bottle.
  • Drizzle some over your veggies to finish or toss fresh chopped raw veggies in a dash of Wild Pink Salt and Wild MCT Oil then roast at 350° on a sheet pan until beautifully caramelized.
  • Make a salad dressing (3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, tsp mustard, pinch of salt/pepper - shake to combine).
  • Coffee with MCT oil or make the Butter Coffee recipe - (8oz fresh brewed coffee/tea, 1 TBSP Pasteurized Butter, 1-2 TBSP Wild MCT Oil - Blend)
  • Bake with it - use Wild MCT Oil in any place a recipe calls for “oil."
  • Add 1-2 TBSP to smoothies and protein shakes.
  • Various skincare and haircare needs.
  • As a massage oil.
  • For oil pulling - Add a few drops of peppermint or other essential oil and swish for 1-5 minutes

There’s not a day that goes by that I don't use Wild MCT at least a few times. 

I add it to my Wild Butter Brew each morning. I use it to cook, especially when I'm cooking eggs or making a salad.

I could not recommend a product more than I can recommend Wild MCT oil. It perfectly showcases the Wild Guarantee: We only sell products we use ourselves.

Wild MCT Oil is a miracle product. It has a handful of uses in the kitchen and in improving your health and performance.

Our Wild MCT Oil is a blend of 50-60% C8 (caprylic) and 35-40% C10 (capric) and comes in a huge 32oz glass bottle. It is pharmaceutical grade and produced from sustainable coconut and palm fruit in the United States in a certified GMP facility.

(BTW, these things matter because they make a cleaner, purer, better-for-you-product.)

As with all of our Wild Foods Products, Wild MCT is backed by the Wild Foods 100% Satisfaction Guarantee—get a full refund if you aren’t happy for any reason.

 Get the huge 32oz Wild MCT bottle today...
(They last A LONG TIME

You're going to be amazed by what you can do with this product. As always, if you have any questions or comments, just reply to this email.

Yours in Health,

colin stuckert founder of wild foods

-Colin Stuckert