It seems that a new, trendy diet hits the press every week promising consumers weight loss results and health improvements with high-cost food additives, fasting and other practices that have the potential to negatively affect health outcomes. However, diet promotion can be misleading when it comes to determining consumer trends. More and more consumers are becoming aware that many of these diets are ineffective and are opting for natural ingredients and healthy alternatives.
In 2020, people have focused increasingly on holistic wellness, which prioritizes caring for the whole body, rather than just honing in on one specific illness or problem area. This means utilizing natural ingredients and leading an active lifestyle to support a more natural approach to recovery. For producers and manufacturers looking to stay ahead of the curve and offer premium, sought-after products, formulating with all-natural ingredients is critical.
As consumer patterns have leaned toward cleaner and healthier products, Medium Chain Triglycerides, or MCTs, have become increasingly popular to boost energy levels in athletes, regulate blood sugar levels in diabetics and to use in conjunction with the Ketogenic diet, a very low-carb, high-fat diet. With numerous health benefits, MCTs are often used in nutraceutical foods and beverages as well as personal care products and pharmaceuticals.
How can something containing a lot of fats be healthy? What sets MCTs apart is that these beneficial, naturally occurring fats form a chain and are digested differently by the human body. Because of the chain length, MCTs can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream for immediate conversion into usable energy. As the body breaks down these fatty-acid esters, MCTs help protect the heart and can aid in managing diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and autism.
MCTs are most commonly found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil and dairy products such as milk, cheese and butter. Because of their lack of flavor and fragrance off-notes, MCTs are often used in topical aerosols, foams, creams, ointments and lotions. They are also regularly used in flavorings and fragrances due to their limited taste profiles and low natural odor.
At Viachem, we offer a 60/40 ratio of C8 and C10 fatty acids as well as a 70/30 blend with a 95 percent minimum concentration of C8 fatty acids. Our MCT ingredients are essential to formulations, as they contribute to longer-lasting products.
We are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality MCT ingredient to bolster your product formulations’ health benefits. Contact us today at [email protected] for a sample or to get expert guidance from our team. We can help you select the perfect ingredient for your specific needs.