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Anyone who is following a low carbohydrate diet or wanting to increase energy levels and support performance would have noticed a product called MCT: what is it and what are the benefits of it?

What is MCT?

MCT or Medium Chain Triglycerides are a form of fat that provides an easily digested, calorie dense energy source. Medium Chain Triglycerides are unique in that, unlike other fats, they are metabolised by the body more like a carbohydrate than a fat – simply, MCT provides lots of energy very quickly.

What are the benefits of MCTs?

  1. Increase energy – MCTs provide a lot of energy very quickly to the body thus boosting energy levels.
  2. Assist with Weight Loss – the fats in MCT help to suppress the appetite, meaning you feel full for longer.
  3. Assist in reducing lactate buildup – studies are finding consuming MCT pre-workout lowers lactate levels, making your workout easier.

Medium Chain Triglyceries FAQ

Who should take MCT?

Medium Chain Triglyceries can be taken by anyone, it is particularly great for individuals following a low carbohydrate diet as it has an incredible ability to promote ketones in the bloodstream which then utilise fat for energy, resulting in fat loss.

It is also an excellent for someone who simply wants to consume a quality natural source of healthy fats to increase energy levels and support performance.

What should I mix Medium Chain Triglycerides with?

As a pure Medium Chain Triglyceride it has no flavour and can be mixed with other VPA products. Mix MCT with water, juice, or protein shakes – pretty much anything you want, however, be aware that you may still be able to taste it in these fluids.

MCT dosage

One serve of VPAs Medium Chain Triglycerides is 10g. One 1kg bag of VPA MCT has 100 serves. Two heaped teaspoons of Medium Chain Triglycerides is approximately one serve, but we recommend weighing your product for accuracy. One serve of Medium Chain Triglycerides should be taken daily for optimal results.

What is the best time to take Medium Chain Triglycerides?

Medium Chain Triglygerides can be taken at any time of day depending on your goal. For those looking to improve their performance, MCT should be taken before a workout. For those wanting to gain mass, consume Medium Chain Triglygerides before bed or post-workout to prevent muscle breakdown and assist with muscle growth.

What are the benefits of Medium Chain Triglycerides powder over MCT Oil?

The benefits of the powder over the oil is simply the convenience and how someone wants to use it. Medium Chain Triglycerides are easy and more palatable to add to other products if it is in powder form.

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Anna Timms

Anna Timms (BSc) is a university qualified scientist and VPA staff member.  Her favourite VPA product is Sour Worms Protein Water.