Search

Thurs Aug 10, 2017


Hang Snatch + Snatch OT90 x 6 - build from 60%

4 rounds In 2.5 mins 2 Rope climbs 21/14 cal Assault bike or row Max Overhead Squat (95/65) 90 sec rest ------------------------------------------

COCONUT OIL, BULLET PROOF COFFEE, MCTS & CHOCOLATE "FAT BOMBS"

by Coach Courtney, RD www.vitalitynutrition.ca

Recently, MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) have had a surge in popularity with health claims including improved cognitive function, weight management, and increased energy. Coconut oil is one source of MCTs but recently more concentrated “MCT oils” have been growing in popularity. Most commonly being added to Bullet Proof coffee which is a blended drink including coffee, butter, and MCT oil.

With MCTs growing in popularity, many health conscious Canadians are wondering whether they should include MCTs or coconut oil in their diet or even replace their breakfast with a Bullet Proof coffee. To understand MCTs, it is helpful to understand dietary fat in general. Dietary fat is classified as being either saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated, based on the number of double bonds that exist in the fat's molecular structure. For each of these three classes, there exists a large number of fatty acids. Most of the fat in the foods we eat is in the form of triglycerides which are made up of three fatty acids. A triglyceride can be classified as short, medium, or long-chain depending on the amount of the fatty acids it contains. How the Body Processes MCTs The structural differences in fatty acid chain length changes how our body processes them. Because MCTs have a shorter chain length, they are more easily digested and absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract than Long Chain Triglycerides (LCTs). MCTs are transported directly from the gastrointestinal tract through the bloodstream to the liver. In comparison, LCTs take a longer route through the lymphatic system and then the circulatory system before they eventually reach the liver. Both types of fats start at the same place (the gastrointestinal tract) and end in the same place (the liver) but the MCTs take the fast lane while the LCTs travel the long, scenic route! Additionally, while the LCTs require a substance called carnitine to enter the mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) the MCTs can enter the mitochondria freely so they aren’t