Why MCTs are the best fuel when you're on a keto diet
Put shortly, medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) can be used for energy super fast, with no need for bile and enzyme lipase to break them down and no need for L-carnitine to be burned for energy. This makes them different from the majority of fats we consume (long chain triglycerides).
Let's start with the basics: when you're on a keto diet you can dramatically reduce the amount of carbs in order to force your body to start using fats for energy instead of sugar (from carbs). Your body (precisely, the liver) transforms fats into ketones, molecules that supply energy to our cells in absence of sugar.
Why doesn't your body use fats directly? They can't enter the brain like sugar (glucose) or ketones can. Since the brain is a hungry organ, it needs a constant supply of either glucose or ketones.
MCTs help you achieve ketosis faster
Research* shows that MCTs help your body achieve ketosis (generation of ketone bodies) faster and also use the energy derived from ketones faster (compared to consuming “ordinary” fats which are mostly long chain triglycerides).
This way you can also shorten the adaptation phase when your body is transitioning from glucose dependence to the preferential use of ketones.
Less keto flu symptoms
What this means is that you’ll also experience less pronounced symptoms of the so called keto flu - less fatigue, less muscle cramps and less headaches.
How comes? Because MCTs skip the line when it comes to absorption and utilization by the body – these molecules are small enough not to need all the biochemical equipment to make them available as normal fats do.
They’re quickly absorbed and readily available for energy, just like sugar.
MAJOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MCTs and LCTs (long chain TRIGLYCERIDES = the majority we eat)
MCTs (medium chain triglycerides)
LCTs (long chain triglycerides)
Medium chain = smaller molecule = rapid and simple utilisation by our body
Long chain = bigger molecules = takes longer to be utilised by our body
Preferentially used for energy
Preferentially used for fat reserves
Directly absorbed (from intestine through blood circulation to the liver)
Long way through the lymphatic system to blood circulation to the liver
No need for bile (to brake/emulsify them into smaller fat droplets)
No need for enzyme lipase, to brake them further
No need for L-carnitine
L-carnitine needed to carry them into mitochondria (the fat-burning and energy-producing machine of the cell)
KETO drink – high quality MCTs and liver support
KETO drink is the energy-booster you need while on a keto diet. Not only does it supply you with high quality MCTs derived from coconut but also magnesium that prevents muscle cramps and yerba (mate) tea that helps you fight against mental or physical fatigue. Since the quantity of carbs consumed is dramatically reduced on a keto diet, it can cause a vitamin deficiancy as well - Keto drink supplies the body with all 13 essential vitamins, to help you overcome a potential lack of vitamins.
Last but not least, with the help of choline it supports the main organ in charge of producing ketones – the liver. Not only ketones, it also synthesizes L-carnitine, the amino acid that helps burn the majority of fats consumed (that is, long chain fats) as it’s the vehicle that carries them to the mitochondria.
The liver also produces bile, which is crucial for utilizating the majority of consumed long chain fats you consume.
During ketosis it's important to take very good care of your liver. No worries - KETO drink has got you covered.
* Cliff J. d C. Harvey, Grant M. Schofield, Micalla Williden, and Joseph A. McQuillan, “The Effect of Medium Chain Triglycerides on Time to Nutritional Ketosis and Symptoms of Keto-Induction in Healthy Adults: A Randomised Controlled Clinical Trial,” Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, vol. 2018.