A keto or ketogenic regimen primarily consists of high-fat (55% to 60%), moderate-protein (30% to 35%), and very low carbohydrate intake (5% to 10%). Due to the reduction in carbs, the body enters a metabolic state called ketosis, in which fat and ketones are used as the main energy source for the body rather than glucose (sugar).
The keto diet is becoming increasingly popular all over the world to promote rapid weight loss, instant energy, health, and performance. It has proven to be especially useful for losing excess body fat without hunger. It might also have positive effects in improving type 2 diabetes.
The global keto diet market should reach $17.8 billion by 2026, with over 55% growth in less than a decade.
North America emerged as the largest keto diet market and is estimated to raise the demand for MCT–medium chain triglycerides–to over 155,000 tons by 2025. Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing market and is projected to account for over 20% of the total revenue by 2025.
The role of MCT in ketogenic diets
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, a unique type of fatty acid that can be found mainly in coconut oil. Chemically, MCTs have only six to ten carbon atoms.
Triglycerides are the main constituents of body fat in humans and animals, and are natural fats found in food.
MCTs are best digested in our intestine, going directly from the gut to the liver and used as an immediate energy source themselves or to be quickly converted into ketones, chemicals our liver produces when breaking down fats.
Ketones are a fast and healthy energy source for the brain and muscles, leveling up energy without being stored as fat tissue in our body. Considering MCTs features, it becomes quite clear why they are ideal in ketogenic diets, weight management, sports nutrition, functional food, and nutritional products.
The Taiwanese company MCB has been providing customers worldwide with comprehensive and innovative solutions for the nutraceuticals, functional foods and conventional ones for over 30 years.
MCB’s MCTsolutions is a line of coconut MCT oil and powders using the best quality of coconut oil manufactured in a palm-free and whole physical extraction production line. It provides a good source of C8 caprylic acid (ideal for fat burning and increasing energy levels and therefore popularly known as “the most ketogenic MCT”) and C10 capric acid (with a few unique benefits in addition to metabolism, like antifungal properties and acting as an immunity booster).
A patented micro-encapsulation technology for a better consumer experience
Normally MCT oil powders are destroyed in our stomach. To solve this problem the company conducted some studies and finally achieved an international patent for micro-encapsulation technology with selective digestibility and phased antioxidant protection. Thanks to this technology, oil powder is micro-encapsulated instead of being coated, thus becoming more stable and granting great free-flowing and low surface oil for a better consumer experience. The technology also grants lower oil leak-out and no caking during production.
MCB patented micro-encapsulated MCT oil powders can endure through the stomach and successfully deliver MCTs to the intestine. Moreover, micro-encapsulation technology protects the active ingredients from oxidation caused by the external environment to ensure product quality and longer shelf life.
The company recently obtained USDA Organic Certification and is currently presenting a series of USDA Organic MCT oil powders.
MCTsolutions can fulfill 98.7% of the demands and the formulations to the market needs.
MCB micro-encapsulated MCTs – especially the clean label and vegan friendly products – are ideal in several keto applications: meal replacement, sport nutrition, coffee creamer, keto creamer, bakery, keto collagen, functional bars, food fortification, formula milk powders, medical meals, and pet food.
MCTsolutions by MCB is a line distributed in North America by Faravelli, Inc, the US branch of Faravelli, an Italian company and global distributor of ingredients and raw materials, founded in 1926.