Food and drink
Coconut oil is fashionable right now. Everyone knows
that this saturated fat is actually good for us.
Have you heard of Medium-Chain Triglycerides in foods,
or MCT oil? Another term for triglycerides is fatty acids.
So, another way of referring toMCTs is MCFA (medium-
chain fatty acids).
Th e word “medium” refers to the length of the chain of
the fatty acids. Oils can contain short- medium- and/or
long-chain fatty acids. Most oils have all three.
Medium-chain fatty acids have tremendous health
benefi ts, such as:
Helping us maintain a healthy weight (a
healthy, saturated fat that makes you feel
full more quickly and, therefore, results in a
tendency to eat less)
By raising your metabolic function, it helps
us reduce stored body fat
Provides us with more energy
Improves our digestion
Balances our hormones
Improves our mood
Fights bacterial infections and viruses
Helps our body absorb fat-soluble nutrients
MCTs are also vital to maintaining a healthy brain. My
husband Jack and I incorporate MCTs into our diet
because Jack has Alzheimer’s. MCT oil improves his
cognition and memory. I can attest to this fi rst-hand.
Samuel Henderson, PhD is renowned for having patented
MCT oil. He was the fi rst to discover that MCTs improve
cognition andmemory. MCTs produce ketones. Th e brain
treats ketones as fuel, much like a carbohydrate (sugar).
MCTs cross the blood brain barrier (BBB). Th is is why
the ingestion of MCTs has an immediate and positive
effect on the brain.
Foods containing MCTs include: coconut oil (15%);
palm kernel oil (7.9%); cheese (7.3%); butter (6.8%);
milk (6.9%); and yogurt (6.6%).
We prefer to ingest MCT oil as an additional dietary
supplement and incorporate it into our cuisine. It is readily
available for sale at health-food stores. You’ll fi nd it on
shelves beside avocado and grape seed oil.
Before incorporating MCT oil into your diet, consult
your physician. If it is okay for you to ingest this oil, start
with just a small daily intake, about ½ teaspoon. It takes
time for your digestive tract to get used to it and it can
act as a laxative. Take ½ teaspoon for at least a week. If
your digestive tract is fi ne, then you can slowly increase
MCT oil does not solidify like coconut oil. It can be clear
or light yellow in colour and is tasteless and odourless.
Th erefore, it’s a fantastic ingredient to add to a variety of
dishes. It can be added to dressings and sauces, as well
as to baked goods. It is key to add the oil aft er cooking
or baking. Do not use MCT oil for frying. High heat will
kill its nutritional properties. Add the oil at the end of
the culinary process, or to uncooked foods and dishes.
I use MCT oil in my super-healthy caesar dressing and
as a base ingredient instead of olive oil in pesto! I add it
to spaghetti sauce (aft er the sauce is already cooked) and
to whipped caulifl ower and roasted garlic on shepherd’s
pie. I drizzle this odourless and tasteless oil over soups,
stews and chili. Th is oil adds to a dish, as well.
I’ve also added a teaspoon of MCT oil to both my white
and red wines. It is tasteless, so does not alter the fl avours
of the wine whatsoever. But it adds incredible thickness,
making the wine suitable to be paired with rich and/or
Benefits of MCT oil
by Shari Darling
For more information on
wine and food, go towww.sharidarling.com
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