In recent years, MCT oil has become one of the most important dietary supplements in the world. One of the main sources of MCT and a large reason for its current popularity is coconut oil. Coconut oil is looked at by many as a sort of modern miracle product, thought to help with everything from dry skin to burning fat. The truth is, many of the benefits of coconut oil are actually because of MCT.
What are MCTs and what does it stand for?
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are triglycerides whose fatty acids have an aliphatic tail of 6–12 carbon atoms.* The fatty acids found in MCTs are called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Like all triglycerides, MCTs are composed of a glycerol backbone and three fatty acids. In the case of MCTs, 2 or 3 of the fatty acid chains attached to glycerol are of medium length. Rich sources for commercial extraction of beneficial MCTs include palm kernel oil and coconut oil.
So, what’s the difference between coconut and MCT oil? Coconut oil contains many fatty acids, about 62-65% of which are MCTs. With MCT oil, you’re essentially getting a concentrated version of the main compound responsible for the health benefits of coconut oil—and none of the other fatty acids you may not want.
MCT oil manufacturing is in high demand right now, which makes it a great business to invest in. It also faces unique obstacles because it’s made from the oil of a palm kernel, an industry which has come under fire in recent years. Here are some of the latest trends in MCT oil manufacturing and how they are likely to affect the market in the coming years.
No matter what type of MCT oil or MCT oil-related products (such as coconut oil) you look at, the demand is going up at a steady pace. Consumers are buying more coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut water each year. The demand also continues to increase for non-food products that use MCTs. MCT oil can also be used in beauty products or as an oil for moisturizing or massaging.
While pure MCT oil is a popular supplement for people across the world, this isn’t the only way people consume MCT oil. There are many snack foods and beverages that use MCT oil as a primary ingredient to add health benefits.
By the same token, MCT oil is also becoming a more popular ingredient in homemade food. Even using coconut oil or other oils high in MCT can provide some of the benefits of regularly taking an MCT supplement. People also like to add pure MCT oil supplements to coffee or homemade protein bars to increase their nutritional value.
Although the demand for MCT oil has grown steadily in the past few years, the supply hasn’t quite kept up. This is because the palm and coconut trees that MCT oil is sourced from take a while to grow, and there simply aren’t enough fully-grown trees at the moment. Had somebody had the foresight to predict the explosion in MCT oil manufacturing 30 years ago, this wouldn’t be a problem, but there was a sudden, unpredictable rise in demand. Many of the main suppliers of palm and coconut kernels are being wiped out because of the huge demand for coconut oil and MCT oil. Because of this, the price of manufacturing MCT oil has risen and with it, the price the consumer pays for MCT oil supplements and foods with coconut oil or MCTs.
This is another reason why MCT oil manufacturing is a good business to invest in. Since the demand for MCT oil has steadily risen over the past few years and the supply has gone down significantly—and won’t be fully replenished anytime soon—the price of MCT oil is likely to remain where it’s at or rise in the near future.
Emulsification is the process of breaking down fatty liquids into liquids like water with which they wouldn’t normally be soluble. This is what the bile from your liver does to help you break down fatty foods into nutrients your body can use.
Emulsified MCT oil aims to take that step out of the equation. The oil is emulsified prior to ingestion, which makes it easier to digest and allows the body to break down the nutrients better. MCT oil manufacturing is a good way to stay ahead of the curve and offer consumers a different, and in many ways, a better product.
The conditions surrounding the MCT oil industry are relatively unique, so MCT oil manufacturers have to get creative to make things work. By following the latest trends in MCT oil manufacturing and using them to your advantage, you can stay ahead of your competitors.
- “Medium chain triglyceride oil consumption as part of a weight loss diet does not lead to an adverse metabolic profile when compared to olive oil”. J Am Coll Nutr. 27: 547–52. 2008.