While not a new ingredient, MCT oil (short for medium-chain triglyceride) is seeing a lift in food & beverage applications as brands innovate to cater to the shifting diet trends. MCT oil is widely regarded for its null effect on blood sugar as well as a host of health benefits. Because it has a neutral taste and is odor free, food and beverage brands are increasingly opting for MCT-derived oilds as an ingredient in their products.
Let’s explore what MCT oils are, the health benefits, sourcing, and brands that are using it in their products.
What it is:
MCT oil is the liquid extraction of the naturally occurring fats in coconut oils, palm oils and some dairy products. Compared to long-chain triglycerides, MCTs are more easily metabolized by the body.
- Increased calorie burning potential
- Increased ketone production
- Appetite control
- Increased energy, enhanced endurance
- Promotes a healthy gut
Applications for food and beverage:
MCT oil is neutral in both taste and smell, highly soluble and is liquid at room temperature, making it easy to include in a variety of food and beverage products. Like all ingredients, it matters where you get your MCT oil from. Look for an oil that is sustainably sourced and is tasteless/odorless.
Brands using it: