MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides, which is a type of saturated fat. The shorter the chain, the faster the liver can convert the fat into ketones – which is what the body makes when fat is being burned for energy instead of being converted to glucose. You MUST have fat in your diet in order to provide your body with energy!

All fatty acids are strings of carbon and hydrogen molecules. Short-chain have less than 6 carbon molecules, medium-chain have 6-12 carbon molecules, and long-chain have 13-21 carbon molecules.

MCTs are in:

  • MCT oil
  • Coconut oil
  • butter
  • Cheeses
  • palm oil
  • whole milk
  • full-fat yogurt


  1. Make you feel full
  2. Raise metabolic function (reducing stored fat)
  3. Provide energy
  4. Clear thinking
  5. Enhance digestion
  6. Balance hormones
  7. Contain antioxidant properties
  8. Transport nutrients
  9. Protect vital organs
  10. Withstand high heat cooking

This is why you may have seen so many people adding MCT oil, or fatty foods like butter to their coffees, which is called bulletproof coffee. Coffee is already stimulant filled with caffeine, and adding in MCT enhances this effect even more. The two of these combined will provide an immediate energy boost, and won’t give you the “post-coffee energy crash” you may feel later on in the day.

Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer contains 9g of coconut milk powder, which is a source of MCTs! This is my favorite way to drink coffee, and I alternate daily between the vanilla & gingerbread flavors!


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