mct oil might be the trendiest food/supplement going around these days, but it’s for a good reason.
but what is mct oil? ‘mct’ stands for medium-chain triglycerides. triglycerides being the molecules that make up most fats.
the great thing about mcts, is that your bodily easily turns them into molecules called ketones - you may have heard of the keto[genic] diet (which we’ll touch on in another post). studies have shown that ketones can help burn fat  and boost cognitive function  by encouraging your body to burn fat for fuel instead of carbs.
the best part is, you don’t need to be following a keto diet to reap the benefits of mct oil. due to its effect on hunger hormones which can curb cravings; as mct oil is easily converted into ketones, and ketones suppress ghrelin (the hunger hormone) and raises cholecystokinin (the ‘full-ness’ hormone) . particularly, if the body is low on carbohydrates, mct oil - unlike glucose - can cross the blood-brain barrier and be used as a fuel source for brain cells.
mcts have been shown to improve gut health (which we’ll explore in another post) by aiding the digestive tract to be more selective and in turn blocking toxins and unwanted bacteria entering the bloodstream via the gut lining .
when it comes to athletic performance, studies have also shown that ingesting mcts can increase the time until exhaustion when performing high-intensity exercises and can decrease the amount of blood lactate built up during high-intensity interval training (HIIT) .
in a nutshell, consuming mct oil can improve brain performance, help with fat oxidization, curb hunger cravings, improve gut health and boost athletic performance. when consumed in tandem with resistant starch, these benefits are supercharged.
this is why we include it as an option with our sushi, and why we prepare our rice in a way that boosts levels of resistant starch.
if you’re wondering what resistant starch is, don’t fret - we’ll be talking about that next time so…see you soon!
with intention, 水