Many of us know that Coconut oil and Ghee (clarified butter, concentrated butter fat) both have high amounts of MCTs (ghee is around 30% and coconut oil is double that, around 60%), and both reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. This is seen in hindsight by the public health decline when vegetable oils and trans fatty acids are introduced to cultures who previously relied on coconut oil or ghee (despite using refined grains), and negative health impacts just worsen by heavy use of sweets/sugar - instead of the traditional use of such as only occasional, etc.
And Coconut oil and Ghee are being returned to by folks into LCHF/keto as well as people in South Asian and Polynesian cultures who had their cooking fats hijacked by the SAD food industry until recently, when lots of new research has exposed that fat is not the enemy, and that cultural superfoods such as Coconut Oil and Ghee are great allies for health.
But then there is the reporting by biochemist and nutritional scientist Chris Masterjohn PhD, on how fats high in MCTs dramatically increase ketosis regardless of carbs. He says that adding MCT oil to your pasta is more ketogenic than restricting your carbohydrates to 10% of calories (but not as ketogenic as VLC epilepsy diets( - and focuses on the direct biochemical event that initiates ketone formation, oversupply of acetyl groups to the TCA cycle during conditions of oxaloacetate depletion. I do not understand this, but I admit that I’d like to experiment with dollops of Coconut Oil with Einkorn ancient grain pasta or Indian masala dosas down the road… because my curiosity is really piqued. The body is pretty amazing at creating alternative conduits and adaptations when it has vital nutrient density.
I have to study more about this - I suppose that if one has regained control over cravings and is not IR - it could be a win-win? Can one really take a jar of coconut oil and/or ghee to one’s fave south Indian restaurant and add it to the carby food and be spared the keto-crashing effect of the carbs? And thus be spared the fat gain? If so, this could be a an Easy Gateway to Ketosis.
It’s certainly intriguing. His science and references are here: https://chrismasterjohnphd.com/podcast/2016/07/28/ketogenesis-isnt-all-about-carbs-and-insulin/
Coconut Oil as either a superfood or a scary monster has been getting press - and Ghee is hitting the Indian headlines as its own magic pill for slimming. Simply by returning to this traditional fat that delivers daily MCTs apparently helps the body tackle visceral fat regardless of carb intake for a certain amount of people. The Veg Oil/PUFAs - combined with lots of simple sugars, has created a bunch of middle/upper class Indians that are overweight and obese (the rest tend to be extremely lean due to food scarcity/ malnourishment).
Then there’s the work of Bruce Fife MD - on how MCTs regardless of dietary habits are powerful help for many in his article> Look to coconut oil .
He says, "Preparing meals that consist of 90 percent fat and only 2 percent carbohydrate can be very difficult and often unappealing. The purpose of the ketogenic diet is to increase blood levels of ketones to therapeutic levels. Fortunately, there is another way to accomplish this which allows much more flexibility in the diet . This can be achieved by replacing most of the fats in the diet with a source of fat consisting of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). When MCTs are consumed they are automatically converted into ketones by the liver. This transformation occurs regardless of blood glucose levels. Therefore, therapeutic levels of ketones can be obtained simply by adding an adequate source of MCTs into an otherwise ordinary diet. There are very few dietary sources of MCTs. The richest dietary source by far comes from coconut oil, which is composed predominately of MCTs. Eating coconut oil can raise blood ketones to levels that can have a pronounced effect on brain growth and development. If the MCTs are combined with a typical low-carb diet the effects can even be enhanced.
Dave Aspry/Bulletproof Diet Guy has long been into selling MCTs - but I think Coconut Oil’s a much nicer option in that one can use plenty and not have the extreme gut reactions, etc. And using half Coconut Oil and half Ghee extends your homemade ghee and adds lovely flavor!