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MCT Oil & Tummy Issues

MCT oil is a very healthy saturated fat, but you need to ease your body into it. Otherwise tummy troubles commence.

MCT oil is a very healthy saturated fat, but you need to ease your body into it. Otherwise tummy troubles commence.

Two weeks ago I picked up some MCT oil as a way to add more healthy fat into my diet. I upped my daily intake of fat from 65% to 75% as a way to get into ketosis. I had issues getting to 75% but the MCT oil helps. However, I’ve learned that I made a mistake with MCT and my tummy is rumbling loud about it this morning.

What Is MCT Oil?
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. MCT, found in coconut oil, is a healthy saturated fat. It’s a more concentrated form of saturated fat that is quickly absorbed. It can be used in cooking or you can consume it (MCT oil is used for bulletproof coffee) as it doesn’t have any flavor. Research shows has a lot of benefits for those with metabolic syndrome and can improve blood sugar and appetite regulation. If you are on a ketogenic diet, this puppy can enhances ketone production and is a big energy booster.

Adapting to MCT Oil
You need to ease into using MCT oil so your body adapts to it. I started the hubby and me with just a 1/2 teaspoon for the first few days before going up to 1 teaspoon. A serving size is 1 tablespoon. That worked fine. But today, I gave us each a full tablespoon in our coffees. Big mistake.

I started feeling slightly nauseated about an hour ago. That’s passed, but my tummy is still rumbling so I’m sticking close to the bathroom. Well my husband called me on his way to work to let me know that he’s having some digestive issues.  Oops.

Well lesson learned. I’m cutting our dose back down to 1 teaspoon. Once our body adjusts, I’ll go to 1 1/2 teaspoons, slowing working my way up to the full tablespoon.

I’ve seen a few keto forums where people recommend taking digestive enzymes, which help break the fat down. That is a possibility but I’m going to try smaller amounts first.

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