Here’s a simple way to add MCT oil to your daily routine if you are not a coffee drinker or don’t like using a creamer such as MCT oil powder. Recall that MCT supplementation (oil or oil powder) is an easy way to raise blood ketone levels modestly, typically to 0.2 to 0.4 mmol/L, sufficient to increase mental clarity, concentration, reduce insulin resistance, and yield modest further reductions in visceral fat/waist size and body weight, without having to achieve physiological ketosis. (An extensive discussion about MCTs, physiological ketosis, exogenous ketones and the health advantages, as well as potential dangers, can be found in an Undoctored Advanced Concepts discussion in the Undoctored Inner Circle.)
I call it MCTea. Simply, it is nothing more than your choice of tea with a tablespoon or so of MCT oil emulsified into the tea using a stick blender. Emulsification of the oil yields a slightly frothy texture to the tea, not as heavy as a creamer, but lighter, almost like a melted sherbet consistency. (Don’t confuse the emulsification of oil in food achieved mechanically with the emulsification of the mucous lining of the intestinal tract achieved through ingestion of synthetic emulsifying agents like polysorbate 80 or carageenan that yield undesirable effects. Mechanical emulsification with a blender is harmless.)
I used a delicious Winter Herb tea blend (from a terrific little tea and curiosity shop in Cedarburg, Wisconsin called Weeds) of apples, hibiscus blossoms, lemongrass, orange peel, blackberry leaves, cinnamon, cloves, and a few other ingredients. Because it was a warm fall day, I drank it as iced, rather than hot, tea, though either way works.
I used the Nutiva brand of MCT oil that contains 14 grams MCTs per tablespoon. Benefits begin at a dose of 10 grams, further benefits at 20 grams.
8 ounces brewed tea, hot or cold
1 1/2 tablespoons MCT oil
1/4 teaspoon Virtue Sweetener or other natural non-caloric sweetener
Add MCT and sweetener to tea, then blend with stick/immersion blender for approximately 15 seconds or until all oil suspended and frothy consistency obtained.