This one kind of slipped by me.
I received an email from Onnit a little while back that detailed its introduction of MCT oil. I made a mental note of it to dedicate a short blog post about this new product but for whatever reason, I forgot to do just that. Maybe it’s because I still had a bottle of MCT oil in my cupboard. Maybe it’s because it seems like a product that Onnit should have had all along. Or maybe it’s because it just wasn’t something that was all that groundbreaking, but I understand that a lot of you guys who order Onnit products might want a short synopsis on this new Onnit food item.
Many of you might be familiar with MCT oil because of Bulletproof or butter coffee. Along with grass-fed butter, MCT oil is one of the key ingredients of butter coffee. The MCT oil Onnit had on its website for the longest time was the Bulletproof-branded MCT oil. The company seems to be phasing out Bulletproof products in favor of its own Onnit brand items, which is understandable. First was the introduction of the Caveman/Onnit Coffee custom blend, and now Onnit has its own MCT oil so you don’t need to rely on expensive Bulletproof MCT oil.
Comparing Onnit and Bulletproof MCT oil, Onnit’s is made from 100% pure coconut oil while Bulletproof MCT oil is made from a combination of palm and coconut oil. Both are a quick and healthy source of carbohydrates and can be used as a source of energy that isn’t stored as fat in the body. Both are flavorless and odorless and can be added to coffee, smoothies, salads, and shakes. Onnit’s is a little bit cheaper, costing only $1.93 per 2 fl. oz while the Bulletproof brand MCT oil costs $1.93 per 2 fl oz. Caveman Coffee MCT oil is the cheapest of the bunch, costing just $1.56 per 2 fl. oz. and it comes in a cool glass bottle you can rinse out and use afterwards.
So which one should you buy? If you’re ordering Onnit products, give the Onnit MCT oil a try. If you want more MCT oil for your buck, try the Caveman Coffee MCT oil. Either way, I personally try to avoid anything “Bulletproof” after learning about how shady Dave Asprey’s marketing actually is.
Late last week I wrote about a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast featuring Bert Kreischer where the two got on the topic of Bulletproof Coffee. Bert told Joe how his father told him he was making Bulletproof Coffee and Bert discovered that he wasn’t actually using Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee beans to make this coffee. Bert wondered if Bulletproof Coffee could actually be made without Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee beans, but rather just organic coffee beans?
The original idea of Bulletproof Coffee doesn’t belong to Dave Apsrey. He simply took something that already existed, wrapped it in his Bulletproof brand, and marketed and sold it to his customers. The original idea can actually be traced back to someone called Robb Wolf. He came up with the idea a long time ago and wrote about mixing coffee with MCT oil and butter. I believe the idea of putting butter in coffee and tea isn’t new and has been around for decades (if not centuries), but mixing butter and coffee along with MCT oil was Robb Wolf’s.
The truth is you do not need Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee beans to make Bulletproof Coffee, and Bulletproof Coffee isn’t a unique and special thing. It was a combination of great marketing along with some misleading information that created the Bulletproof Coffee–and butter coffee in general–trend.
Rather than spending the money on an expensive Bulletproof-branded product, look for quality organic coffee beans locally and use those. You get to support a local business, get a fresher product, and don’t need to wait for something to be shipped to your home. Obviously this may not be an option for everyone, but if you live in a city with boutique coffee shops who roast their own beans, you can find there a wider variety of quality beans along with knowledgeable staff who can help you.
You do not need Bulletproof MCT oil to make Bulletproof Coffee either, nor do you need MCT oil at all. Instead, you may choose to use virgin coconut oil in your coffee, which is how MCT oil is made. Nearly all grocery stores should carry some type of virgin coconut oil for you to use. If you find that you like the coffee prepared in this fashion, you may want to experiment with MCT oil, at which point you may have to look to online for it since it’s not something that can be found at a typical supermarket.
When Caveman Coffee first launched I asked someone over there if Onnit would be carrying Caveman Coffee Company products and they wouldn’t give me an answer either way. I should have known something was up, but this wasn’t what I expected. Rather than simply stocking Caveman Coffee Co. products on its virtual shelves, Onnit has gone a step further and had the guys (former UFC fighter Keith Jardine and friend of Joe Rogan/former MMA fighter/stuntman Tait Fletcher) over at Caveman Coffee come up with their own unique product that you can only find on the Onnit Labs website.
Onnit’s signature roast is Colombian Amber, a medium-light roast coffee, hand-picked from a single estate in Colombia by the individual farmer and his family who are also responsible for growing the beans. Once the beans are picked by hand, they are then washed and dried to ensure a quality product and prevent the growth of molds and toxins. They are then transported to America where they are roasted in small batches at altitude in New Mexico by the savages over at the Caveman Coffee Co. Each batch is roasted and quickly shipped to ensure that when you’re buying a bag of Onnit’s signature roast–or any of the Caveman Coffee beans–you’re getting the freshest product possible.
Much like Bulletproof Coffee, Caveman Coffee is meant to be consumed in the Bulletproof style: with grass-fed butter and MCT oil. You can also choose to substitute the MCT oil with coconut oil if you so choose. Both the beans (though not the exclusive Onnit roast) and the Caveman MCT oil are available on the Caveman Coffee website, while you can find the Onnit Colombian Amber medium-light roast and Onnit coconut oil on the Onnit website.
Onnit is running a little sale on its new Colombian Amber coffee beans, available in either a single bag, a twin pack, or a combo pack with one bag of coffee and one jar of coconut oil. If you want to check out Caveman Coffee’s MCT oil and beans instead, use the code TIGHT during the checkout process and that will save you 10% off your entire order.
I’ve written about MCT oil quite a bit on my blog, from using it in your butter coffee recipes to integrating it into your diet in other ways. One aspect of MCT oil that I haven’t touched on very much is why you would want to take MCT oil, and what the health benefits of this oil exactly are.
The first time I heard about MCT oil was through Dave Asprey, who is now selling his MCT oil under the name of “Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil,” for whatever reason. At any rate, Dave states that the benefits of MCT oil compared to other fats or oils is that the body converts MCT oil into energy faster than other oils. This can result in increased energy, stamina, and performance during physical activities.
If you’re the type of person who takes a lot of vitamins and supplements each day, adding a spoonful or two of MCT oil to your daily regimen could be beneficial. The addition of MCT oil can help your body with the absorption of these nutrients. In fact, MCT oil is given to people who have trouble absorbing nutrients, such as people who suffer from cystic fibrosis or diabetes.
MCT oil can also help with the brain. Much like our bodies need fuel for performance, so does our brain. MCT oil has such a positive impact on brain function and health, studies have shown that it can help reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. These ketones are created by the liver when MCT oil is ingested.
There are also a number of weight loss benefits to MCT oil–far too many to cover here in this blog post, actually. Check back in a couple of days for a separate post outlining some of the ways that MCT oil can help you lose weight.
Last week I wrote about some other uses for MCT oil if you don’t drink butter coffee for whatever reason. As it turns out, you can add it to just about anything. But before you start adding it to your smoothies and oatmeal, wouldn’t you like to find out just what exactly MCT oil is?
First, let’s look at the acronym: MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. MCT is composed of a number healthy fatty acids that are medium in length. The fats that we get from most foods–and the fat that our body stores–are long in length. Small and medium length triglycerides are a good source of energy because they are easily metabolized by the body which is one reason why so many athletes are starting to discover and try MCT oil.
One of the richest sources of MCT is the coconut. MCT oil is made by extracting the caprylic and capric fatty acids from coconuts, resulting in a relatively unflavored, clear/yellowish liquid that can be stored at room temperature. Pure coconut oil or coconut cream is solid at room temperature and obviously has the flavor of coconut.
If MCT oil comes from coconuts, why not just use coconut oil or coconut cream in your smoothies or butter coffee instead of more expensive MCT oil?
MCT oil takes the “good stuff” (the medium chain triglycerides) from coconut oil and removes all the other stuff. Medium chain triglycerides comprise about 60% of coconut oil, so while it could be cheaper in the long run to use virgin coconut oil instead of MCT oil, you might use more of it. And because MCT oil is a liquid and essentially flavorless, it’s much more versatile, allowing you to integrate it into your existing diet easily without having to learn any new recipes.