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What is MCT Oil?

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What is MCT Oil?

MCT PUFA LCFA…who doesn’t love acronyms that roll off the tongue like SCFA and LCFA? No one, ever! But believe us things get easier once you know what they stand for. Let us help you with that! FA stands for fatty acid, C for chain, T for Triglycerides (Tri…three...glycerides are fatty acid ester but all you need to know is that it is part of a fat molecule) and then you add S for short, L for long, or M for medium at the beginning of the word and boom! Move over chemistry professor.

What is MCT Oil?

MCT is short for Medium Chain Triglyceride. MCT is normally present in our diet in small quantities. It can be synthesized from several sources. At Vega®, we source MCT oil from coconuts. The length of the carbon chain is crucial here. MCT oils contain 8-10 carbons and are liquid at room temperature. Due to their lengths they’re digested and absorbed more rapidly in the intestine than Long Chain Triglycerides (LCT) are. Once absorbed MCTs follow the venous system and enter the liver directly (instead of floating through the lymphatic system) where they become readily available for your body to use as a quick source of energy.

Is MCT Oil Suitable For a Keto-Friendly Diet?

Yes, with very low carbohydrate consumption, MCTs break down into ketones more easily than long-chain triglycerides. These ketones can then be used as fuel for your body. Read more about a keto-friendly diet here.

Vega® does not promote a keto-friendly diet as part of a healthy lifestyle. Please talk to your doctor to determine if a keto-friendly diet is suitable for you.

Which Vega Products Contain MCT Oil? 

Currently, Vega® Protein & Energy contains 3g MCT oil per serving.

Can MCT Oil Cause Stomach Pain? 

If MCT oil is a new ingredient for you, you may experience some light stomach discomfort. Consuming MCT oil on an empty stomach can also affect some people.

Vega® Protein & Energy contains 3g of MCT oil. While this dose has shown to be well tolerated, higher dosages may cause some stomach discomfort. Consuming MCT oil on an empty stomach can also affect some people. Vega® Protein & Energy contains 100 mg of caffeine per serving. Caffeine, dietary oils, and fats can act as a natural laxative.1

How to Use MCT Oil

Slowly Introduce It

We recommend consuming a small quantity initially and then slowly increasing the amount of MCT in your diet so that your body is able to adjust. For example, if you’re new to Vega® Protein & Energy, start with ¼ scoop and build up slowly from there to give your body the chance to adjust to the combination of MCT oil and coffee fruit.

Add It to a Smoothie

You can also blend Vega® Protein Energy into a smoothie. Simply blend fruit or oats together with your preferred liquid and Vega® Protein & Energy until smooth and enjoy! The presence of food helps slow down the digestion of MCT oil. Try making a cold brew smoothie for a supercharged start to your day (or to kickstart your afternoon slump).

Listen to Your Body

Everyone is different, so you may have to stay at a lower serving. Just listen to your body! Please speak to your healthcare practitioner if you have specific questions or concerns.



  1. J. Boekema, M. Samsom, G. P. Van Be. (1999). Coffee and Gastrointestinal Function: Facts and Fiction: A Review. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology,34(230), 35-39. doi:10.1080/003655299750025525


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