MCT Oil & MCT Oil Powder
What’s the difference?
Triglycerides are formed by joining three fatty acids to a glycerin backbone by the body. There are 2 basic fats – Unsaturated and Saturated. Unsaturated fats are mostly shorter-chain fatty acids consisting of 8 to 14 carbons. Saturated fats are mostly long-chain fatty acids consisting of 16 to 20 carbons. Coconut oil falls under saturated fats category whereas omega-3s and omega-6s fall under unsaturated fats.
MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) Oil is a fat consisting of 8 to 14 carbons and is quickly absorbed by the body and converted to energy. The body hydrolyzes faster MCT Oils and metabolizes it more effectively than long chain fatty acid leading to lower fat deposition. Ketogenic diet is becoming popular these days and is being adapted by consumers to reduce and control weight and obesity. MCT’s help in the process of Ketosis which is the driving force of ketogenic diet.
There are two different forms for MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) products available for brand owners or contract manufacturer for Ketogenic formulations. They are Pure MCT oils and MCT oil powders.
Commercial MCT oil is manufactured by extracting caprylic and capric acid from either coconut or palm kernel oil. The process used to separate these two oils is called fractionation. The result is pure caprylic and pure capric acid and these are mixed back together to make MCT oil. MCT oil is odour less & colorless liquid that can be easily formulated into food or beverages.
MCT oil powder is MCT oil mixed with a starch or a filler. The manufacturing process of converting liquid into powder forms involves spray drying which helps to increase the stability of the product. This is a process in which the liquid is converted into tiny droplets which is further dried by blasting hot air to it. The percentage of starch versus MCT oil can vary greatly from product to product. They can range anywhere from 70% MCT oil (MCT 70) and 30% powder, to 40% oil (MCT 40) and 60% powder. The types of fillers used are usually Acacia Gum, tapioca fiber, maltodextrin or sodium caseinate. MCT powders made with high quality fillers may help reduce the digestive problems associated with MCT oil, since it is not pure oil.
Contract manufacturers may opt for MCT oil powder or MCT Oil Powder depending on the formulation, application and packaging format.
We at A&A Pharmachem offer MCT Oil and MCT Oil Powders ( CAS# 65381-09-1) in bulk to contract manufacturers and dietary supplement brand owners.
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