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Why is MCT oil liquid?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM

If coconut and palm oil are high in MCT. Both are solid above 70 degrees (or whatever temp it is). Then why is MCT oil in liquid form. That tells me that MCT liquid is not made up of coconut/palm. Then what is made from?

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on October 10, 2011
at 11:47 PM

@ smcdow I generally like to get things in an unrefined form...It tastes better to me and you can get maybe get some micronutrients. @FED You are right big difference and great post! Palm kernel is a better example in this case. I like that red palm oil has the whole spectrum of vitamin E, but like you mentioned, sustainability is an issue.

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on September 16, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I believe ancestralpharmd is referring to "palm oil" versus "palm kernel oil" (quite a difference). You can learn about "palm oil" in a post I did a while back...http://www.fitnessinanevolutionarydirection.com/2011/09/3fw-fed-fun-food-of-week-red-palm-oil.html

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on September 16, 2011
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I'm curious what your reasons are. I haven't yet tried palm kernel oil, but I find coconut oil rather unpleasant. As a substitute, I recently started taking 1 tablespoon MCT oil per day.

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on September 16, 2011
at 03:56 PM

Coconut and palm (kernel) oil are a mix of MCTs and LCTs (like palmitic acid - hence the name) so they are hard at room temperature, due to those longer saturated fatty acids (12 carbon length and greater).

MCT oils are mostly composed of caprylic (C8) and capric acid (C10) with no LCTs, and so they are liquid at room temp.

However if the MCT product was only or mostly the MCT lauric acid (C12), like coconut oil, it would be solid at room temp due to its higher melting point.

I'd rather eat palm (kernel) oil and coconut oil than MCT oil, for many reasons.

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(19479)

on September 16, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I believe ancestralpharmd is referring to "palm oil" versus "palm kernel oil" (quite a difference). You can learn about "palm oil" in a post I did a while back...http://www.fitnessinanevolutionarydirection.com/2011/09/3fw-fed-fun-food-of-week-red-palm-oil.html

8ea84667a7f11ac3967f2ecfcad28ad8

(641)

on September 16, 2011
at 05:29 PM

I'm curious what your reasons are. I haven't yet tried palm kernel oil, but I find coconut oil rather unpleasant. As a substitute, I recently started taking 1 tablespoon MCT oil per day.

2605086163141ab79e41973fa47299e3

on October 10, 2011
at 11:47 PM

@ smcdow I generally like to get things in an unrefined form...It tastes better to me and you can get maybe get some micronutrients. @FED You are right big difference and great post! Palm kernel is a better example in this case. I like that red palm oil has the whole spectrum of vitamin E, but like you mentioned, sustainability is an issue.

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