The MCT Oil Keto Diet Connection: Do MCTs Raise Ketones?
Mike’s new to the keto diet, so he wonders if MCT Oil can raise blood ketones when when in a fasted, low-calorie, slightly-ketogenic state.
The answer is YES — and once you understand the pathway, it’s easy to see why! (Realize I’m not a doctor or expert in this field so I’m learning too)
The biggest drawback is that sometimes MCT can jack up your stomach. This happens about 20% of the time for me if using a whole tablespoon. 5-8g may fare better rather than 14g in a Tbsp.
* Giant Sports Giant Keto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXQIwckZ5ak
* A certain Keto Supplement that has both BHB *and* MCT… but wait til you see what happens!!
BETTER VIDEOS EXPLAINING THIS STUFF:
1. Beta-Oxidation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI4xEXJZwXA&t=36
This creates all of our Acetyl-CoA molecules needed to make ketogenesis happen!
2. Ketone Body Production: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBzj4rCKSc8&t=36
This is by far the best video talking about these reactions for ketogenesis. You might as well learn what you’re body’s trying to do here!
3. Blood sugar goes down a bit, ketones go up in rats: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1245892
4. Blood tests are better! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23330615
5. Medium Chain Fatty Acids “Definition”: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6814231
6. REAL MCT’s Don’t require lipase or bile from liver https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5209465/
7. Exception = Lauric Acid! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6814231
8. Ketogenesis Image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e6/Ketogenesis.svg (not as good as what’s in video #2 though!)
9. Great written explanation: https://chem.libretexts.org/Textbook_Maps/Organic_Chemistry_Textbook_Maps/Map%3A_Essential_Organic_Chemistry_(Bruice)/18%3A_The_Organic_Chemistry_of_Metabolic_Pathways/18.3%3A_The_Catabolism_of_Fats
10. The image and write-up everyone always references, but isn’t detailed enough, is at https://nutritionreview.org/2013/04/medium-chain-triglycerides-mcts/
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