By John Parrillo
The rise in the sales and marketing of MCT oil makes me shake my head. About 30 years ago, I introduced my MCT oil, CapTri® C8 MCT, after much research, and I believe it was one of the first such supplements on the market. I doubt if many people even knew what MCT oil was back then! If they did, it was mainly in medical and hospital circles where it had been used since the 1950s for the dietary treatment of malabsorption syndromes because of its rapid absorption and solubility. Now it is as well-known as vitamin C, mainly due to the popularity of keto diets, and more people than ever are using it.
I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that many of the new MCTs being sold aren’t as pure or effective as promoted. Let me elaborate.
Most MCT oils are made from coconut oil. Specifically, there are four kinds of MCTs found in coconut oil: C6, C8, C10, and C12. (The numbers refer to the length of the carbon chains.) One of these, C12, behaves more like a conventional fat (LCT, or long-chain triglyceride) in the body than an MCT, and can be more readily converted to body fat.
The most powerful fatty acid in good MCT oils like CapTri® C8 MCT is C8. It has the best ketone-producing profile; ketones are substances in the urine which indicate that your body is burning fat. Put another way, the body produces ketone bodies when it uses fat for energy, as opposed to glucose. In fact, C8 is the fastest palatable MCT to metabolize.
Also, C8 has been demonstrated to be up to three times more ketogenic than C10 and 4 times more ketogenic than plain old coconut oil. With C8, you can trigger ketosis, but without cutting carbs! C8 is the secret fat-burning factor in CapTri® C8 MCT.
High C8 CapTri® C8 MCT is also:
• A concentrated calorie source for gaining muscle mass;
• A metabolism booster;
• A source of instant energy;
• An effective fuel for your body and brain;
• An antimicrobial agent that helps fight bacterial infections and viruses;
• A cooking agent for frying foods healthfully.
Stop Fat Gain Now!
CapTri® C8 MCT has many benefits in ridding the body of unsightly fat, including belly fat. One of the most impressive is that it prevents the overall accumulation of body fat. This is amazing news. If you supplement with CapTri® C8 MCT, you’re keeping fat at bay – which is a real plus, especially in the off-season (less body fat to worry about during preparation to get cut or ready yourself for competition).
Science backs me up on this. In lab animals, MCTs have been found to be much less accumulated as body fat than conventional oils, suggesting that the supplement prevents obesity and obesity-related disorders.
More recently, humans have been tested to see if MCTs confer the same benefit. Researchers performed a large-scale study in healthy subjects under strict dietary management). Seventy-eight subjects slightly fatter than the average ate bread containing 14 grams of the test oils (either MCTs or conventional LCT oils) daily as breakfast.
A total of more than10,000 lunches and suppers were prepared so that the subjects ate identical meals for 12 weeks. Eating between meals and beverages were also controlled.
In the subjects who ingested MCT oil, the body weight loss was larger than in the other oil ingestion group. The reason, according to the researchers, is that MCT oil increases energy expenditure. (1)
As it is burned in the liver, some of the energy is released as body heat in a process known as thermogenesis. So instead of being stored as fat, excess calories from MCTs are converted to body heat, and this means you burn more calories per hour. In other words, it revs up calorie-burning. You might say MCT oil is “exercise in a bottle.”
Another reason for these positive effects on weight control may have to do with an enzyme called “adipose triglyceride lipase” (ATGL), which is required for efficient mobilization of fat stores in fat tissue and non-fat tissues. Research has discovered that ATGL activity is inhibited by conventional fats, but less so with MCTs. This basically shows that MCTs allow fat-burning to proceed, whereas conventional fats may stand in the way of fat-burning.
According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, MCT oil is also a “sculptor in a bottle.”
The researchers involved in this study conducted a systematic review of 13 well-controlled studies that compared MCTs to LCTs on weight loss and body composition in adults. The studies analyzed were three weeks in duration.
Over that time period, it turned out that compared to LCTs, MCTs decreased overall body weight naturally (without dieting) by 2 pounds on average; waist circumference by more than half an inch; and hip circumference by up to half an inch – along with statistical decreases in internal fat around organs. (2)
What all these results mean is that CapTri® C8 MCT acts as a natural fat burner, with the potential to attack all sorts of fat on the body. Plus, it serves as a supplement to prevent fat gain when used daily.
Supplementing with CapTri® C8 MCT
Start with one half to one tablespoon per meal, and after several days, add in another tablespoon or two. You can:
• Use it as a salad dressing with a little vinegar, herbs, and spices.
• Add it to protein shakes, and with any of our Parrillo protein powders.
• Drizzle it over vegetables or eggs.
• Top baked potatoes with it. (Our butter-flavored CapTri® C8 MCT tastes delicious on potatoes and veggies.)
CapTri® C8 MCT is incredibly versatile and tastes delicious and is the most highly refined, ultrapurified MCT on the market, specifically designed for people who want to be as lean as possible. CapTri® C8 MCT is available exclusively from Parrillo Performance. So if you’re looking for a super-effective source of calories to provide energy while dieting, get CapTri® C8 MCT.
1. Tsuji H, et al. 2001. Dietary medium-chain triacylglycerols suppress accumulation of body fat in a double-blind, controlled trial in healthy men and women. Journal of Nutrition 131: 2853-2859.
2. Mumme, K., et al 2015. Effects of medium-chain triglycerides on weight loss and body composition: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 115: 249-263.