First of all, fat praising is a hell of a lot nicer than fat shaming, so I am justified. Second, I WILL continue fat praising, because fats are magical at the physiological and neurological level and have been blamed for so many things they haven’t done… *god dammit mom I’m telling you I didn’t do it, stop blaming me for everything all these years ughhh* Sorry. Anyway, fats, the macronutrient is what is being discussed here. Like the thing on the nutrition facts label. Not that layer of fat that prevents you from fitting into those jeans you just bought. (JK)
Now, of course, some fats are better than others; so, this doesn’t mean suddenly you have the right to raid the pantry and clean out all the Twinkies. Most fats are not magical at all. However, there are these specific fats called MCTs that do, in fact, make wonderful things happen.
An MCT, as opposed to long-chain triglycerides (LCT), which are found in most foods, stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride. MCT is comprised of primarily caprylic and capric fatty acids and is a light yellow, odorless, translucent liquid at room temperature. MCT oil occurs naturally in coconut oil and other foods. When MCTs are absorbed into the blood stream, they bypass the digestion process that longer chain fats go through. MCTs provide quick energy for the body and are thus less likely to be stored in the fat cells. Furthermore, when a meal includes medium chain triglycerides, there is a significant increase in the number of calories burned (thermogenic effect). When more calories are used, fewer are stored as fat, which helps to reduce body fat levels. Boom, yet another way fat burns fat.
Weight management is the first benefit that one could see with the introduction of MCTs into his or her respective diet, but for Nootropic Neal, that’s lame.
What excites me and many others alike is the sustained mental clarity and sharp focus that MCTs provide. The reason why this happens is very simple; ketones have been proven time and time again to be a more efficient energy source than glucose. When MCTs go through their quick digestion process described above and eventually make it as the liver where they are metabolized, they release a plethora of ketones.
Think of ketones as a high-end premium fuel and glucose as regular. I’m taking the premium.
“So great information Neal, but what the heck do I do with it, you may be wondering.” Here’s the first step. Do yourself a favor, and get coconut oil. I like to keep it very simple and so I just take a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil and dump it into my black coffee without any sugar or milk. And then move on with my day. An actual brand called Bulletproof has manifested as a result of this coconut oil in coffee phenomenon; and has now expanded into a multimillion dollar company that sells bulletproof coffee beans, butter, oils, and even accessories; and essentially takes what people have been doing for a while, claims it as their own, and attempt to fool consumers into purchasing a proprietary recipe that is unoriginal.
Last time I said, "eat fat to lose fat". This time, I’ll leave you with this; drink fat to get smart.