What are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s)?
What is an MCT? Medium Chain Triglycerides are a type of fatty acid with a unique chemical structure. Unlike the most common fat type in the diet, Long Chain Triglycerides (LCTs), they don't just possess a distinct chemical structure, they also have distinct nutritional benefits that can be taken advantage of in the right circumstances.
MCT’s are absorbed by our body relatively easily and used as a readily available energy source.. You can already begin to imagine the uses of this diamond in the rough. MCT’s have been on the scene since the 1990s, more commonly used by elite athletes, they have since become a useful tool for the Keto, Paleo and holistic health advocate for good reason. Although found in foods such as coconut oil, it can be difficult for even the most well-prepped individuals to get enough MCTs in one sitting which is why supplementing it is the best course of action.
What is the difference between a long chain fatty acid and a medium chain fatty acid?
You may have heard the phrases long chain fatty acid and medium chain fatty acid buzzing around the sports nutrition industry, or maybe you haven't? But whatever the case, it's important for you to understand the differences between the both, so you know exactly what you're putting into your body.
MCT’s differ from LCTs in their chemical structure, containing shorter carbon bonds for the science aficionados, this smaller size allows them to be absorbed quicker than their bigger brother. Fats normally need help from the liver to be broken down but another feature of MCTs are that they can be metabolized readily in the muscle (i.e. efficient energy).
This rapid absorption places less stress on the gastrointestinal tract making it ideal for those early morning workouts, intra workout endurance drinks or an easy way of increasing fats in the diet.It should be warned however, there is only so much our gut can handle in one sitting. More than 30g is likely to irritate causing an emergency in the little boy or girls room.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) Powder Benefits:
Medium Chain triglycerides have become a popular source of energy for elite athletes, and can often be used as a substitute to pre-workouts for those that don't enjoy stimulating effects. Due to MCT’s being available within minutes it can be used simultaneously with the energy we obtain from carbohydrate within the diet making it a formidable duo. Consuming them before taking part in physical activity could see your energy levels rise, which has an impact on your overall performance. The higher your energy, the more you can perform, which can help reach new grounds in the weight room or the track. It's simple science when you think about it like that! If you're still not convinced that it's for you, keep on reading!
Don't forget the health benefits. MCTs are proportionally higher in unsaturated fat compared to saturated fat. A diet consisting of adequate intakes of unsaturated fat can increasing the ratio of good to bad cholesterol.
When should I use Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) Powder?
Depending on the intensity of exercise our body will utilise both fat and carbohydrates stores to fuel the working muscle. Once our limited stores are depleted our intensity declines, so it makes sense to provide additional fuel that is readily available. Consuming MCTs during a workout will help fight the fatigue. Consuming 5-15g during the workout will give us a deserved boost. REMEMBER 30g is likely to cause a gastrointestinal discomfort.
Who is Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) Powder Suitable for?
Medium Chain Triglycerides are highly beneficial to endurance athletes or anyone that takes part in exercise for long periods of time. That also includes footballers and even the most dedicated in the gym. Providing your body with a high amount of energy for the duration will keep you performing at your very best.
How to use Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) powder?
Medium Chain Triglycerides should always be used in conjunction with exercise and a balanced diet to get the very best out of every scoop. Simply by adding 150ml-200ml of coffee or tea to your MCT and five medium black scoops of medium chain triglycerides, will give you one hell of a energy fueled shake. Many fans of this even add it to their own protein shakes or even pre-workouts if you really need a kick when in the gym. You could even add this to any protein bake, to give you the ultimate energy bar.
MCT - Ultimate Quality Assurance
Here at TPW™, you can have supreme confidence in the product quality and supply source. Each ingredient supplier must pass rigorous audits and checks before being given the TPW™ quality seal of approval. Traceability, quality, and consistency are the three things we demand on every single ingredient. This is our philosophy that flows through every product we manufacture and sets us apart in the world of sports nutrition today.
Please note that this product is produced in-house at our very own production facility. It is supplied in a re-sealable foil pouch to ensure freshness and a scoop is included free of charge in every product.
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Serving Size: 10g of Medium Chain Triglycerides
Add 150ml - 200ml of water or fruit juice into your TPW™ Master Blender and add five medium BLACK scoops (10g) of Medium Chain Triglycerides.
Shake well and consume.
IMPORTANT: Before use, please check the included scoop is BLACK. If not, please contact us on 0845-4672411.
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Q. When should I use MCT powder?
A. It depends on your lifestyle and goals, we recommend consuming 10g per day as part of your supplement intake.
Q. What are the main reasons for using MCT Powder?
A. For lean weight gain where additional calorific intake is required and as a rapid source of energy.
Q. What does MCT Powder taste like?
A. It has a bland light creamy taste
Q. Is all MCT powder the same no matter what brand you use ?
A. As with so many things in life, if you don't ask the right questions, you won't get the right answers! The quality of ingredient can vary significantly and therefore the potency will do too. In addition, just because a product may be called pure it doesn't mean that it necessarily is. We recommend you read the ingredients and nutritionals on the label to better understand exactly what you are buying. We can assure you that our products are 100% pure. At TPW™, we are committed to transparency and openness in all our products and that is why we provide the following information on all our products:
- Product Profile - a complete overview of the product's background including our approval, location of manufacture and money back guarantee applicability.
- Protein Insight - a complete breakdown of the types and quantities of protein contained in the product.
Q. How can I tell if the MCT powder I buy is good quality?
A. We only use the very best ingredients here at THE PROTEIN WORKS™.
Q. Is MCT suitable for vegans and vegetarians?
A. Yes, it is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
Q. Can I use MCT powder with other supplements?
A. The simple answer is yes. We recommend you always check serving instructions on each product if you plan on taking a combination of supplements. Typically MCT can be taken on its own or combined within a protein or meal replacement shake.
Q. What if any side effects will I get from taking MCT Powder
A. We haven't heard of any nasty side effects from taking milk protein concentrate
Q. What is Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT)?
A. MCT is fatty acid powder that is derived from plant oils.
Q. Who should take / benefit from using MCT Powder?
A. Bodybuilders and strength athletes. Endurance athletes. Those new to weight training. People involved in team sports. Those who participate in regular intense training and exercise.