What is the difference between MCT oil and coconut oil?

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Last updated: July 5th, 2016

Saying MCT oil is the same, better, or worse than coconut oil is just not accurate. One side argues that MCT oils do not include lauric acid (C12) because it is rare and more costly to include, while the other side argues that C12 is a less efficient way to obtain energy and adds nothing extra to the product. MCT oil makers advocate using only C8 and C10 (or 100% of one or the other) because they are the most rapidly metabolized for energy. It basically comes down to coconut oil is high in lauric acid which has well-documented health benefits, and MCT oil has very little to offer in that regard. On the other hand, MCT oil may help raise energy levels better than coconut oil.

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