Fat is the most important macronutrient in the Keto Zone Shake. In fact, anytime you’re in the Keto Zone, it’s extremely important to know what types and how much fat you’re consuming. So, what are the fats in the Keto Zone Shake?
Medium chain triglycerides oil (MCT Oil) and avocado oil powder make up the fats in the Keto Zone Shake. These are no ordinary fats. They are health-benefiting fats that can help you reach ketosis while improving heart, brain, and whole-body health.
Here is everything you need to know about these fats and why they are in the Keto Zone Shake.
The first fat in the Keto Zone Shake is MCT oil. MCTs are special fats that have shorter carbon chains than most fats in the diet (1). Why should size matter to you?
The size of the fat directly affects its function in the body.
MCT oils are derived and isolated from several natural foods, most often coconut oil. In fact, there are four types of MCTs found in nature: caproic, caprylic, capric, and lauric acid. MCT oils contain all but lauric (this is an advantage).
Caprylic acid (C8) is the most ketone-producing and possibly the most healthful of all the MCTs. There is significantly more caprylic acid in MCT Oil than coconut oil.
The shorter the MCT, the quicker and easier the digestion. Here’s how the fatty acid in MCT oils, specifically caprylic acid (C8), affect the body.
MCT oil is quickly digested and metabolized in the body. It can:
Medium chain triglycerides in MCT Oil Powder have been shown to improve cholesterol profiles by decreasing LDL cholesterol, decreasing the number of LDL particles, and increasing HDL cholesterol (2, 3).
In one recent study, 17 overweight women were given MCTs for 27 days. When tested, their LDL cholesterol decreased, HDL increased, cholesterol ratio improved, and plasma glutathione increased (a powerful natural antioxidant). Researchers stated that their cardiovascular risk profile was improved (4).
MCTs can reduce inflammation in the body. In 2014, 30 adults with high cholesterol and inflammation consumed MCTs for 30 days. When retested, scientists found significant reductions in LDL, increases in HDL, and reductions in C-reactive protein (a marker for inflammation) (6).
When you’re in ketosis, and you consume MCT oil, your body is able to produce more ketones. Currently, scientists are studying the effects of ketones, like those from MCTs, in preserving healthy brains and inhibiting degradation from aging (7).
Additionally, researchers have found that ketones are usable fuel for the brain in those with Alzheimer’s disease, similar to young healthy brains. (8). In Alzheimer’s disease, there is an impairment in the use of glucose by the brain. Utilizing ketones in the brain rather than glucose may result in memory improvements and brain function (9).
Amazingly, MCTs can promote weight loss and improved BMI.
Next, they improve blood sugars and decrease insulin output, thereby improving health and fat metabolism (11).
In fact, MCTs can help reduce the risk of diabetes by:
In one recent study, scientists concluded that MCT oils provided benefit to beta cells in both mice and humans. One key to combating diabetes is improving the health of these cells (12).
If you’re looking for a fuel that increases energy, MCTs are one such fuel. Once delivered to the liver from the intestines, MCTs increase energy output in the mitochondria. Mitochondria are the energy producers in cells (13).
When recreational athletes consumed MCTs, they experienced lower lactate levels during moderate and intense workouts than they did with other fats. This may lead to improved endurance and performance (19). Other researchers found that MCTs reduce high-temperature exercise performance issues and improve overall performance (14).
While there are many benefits to MCT oil, fats from avocados are no slouch either. They contain:
You may think are only found in orange/red vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, and tomatoes. But, avocados are a great source. In fact, they contain a spectacular array of carotenoids including:
What’s more, the fats in avocado actually increase the carotenoid absorption from other vegetables, by as much as 15 times (1)! Carotenoids directly support eye health and brain health (15). And, they are highly anti-inflammatory.
Next, avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health. Specifically, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that supports brain, cardiovascular, and respiratory health.
Like other high-fat foods, avocados were once considered too high in calories and fats to be healthy. In fact, avocados are 85% fat. These fats are extremely healthy, anti-inflammatory, and they promote healthy blood sugars. They are perfect for Keto Zone eating.
Avocados offer 3-way anti-inflammatory benefits. First, avocado’s fats are made of phytosterols. They are key supporters of our inflammatory system. Specifically, research has shown the anti-inflammatory benefits of avocados’ phytosterols for arthritis.
Next, avocado’s polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs), which are abundant in ocean plants but fairly unique among land plants, are highly anti-inflammatory.
Third, the high amount of oleic acid aides our digestive tract and improves healthy fat absorptions while decreasing inflammation.
Lastly, avocados are a good source of glutathione. This super-antioxidant is produced by our own cells, and sometimes found in foods. It promotes cellular health, anti-aging, and overall good metabolism and cellular cleansing.
Our favorite carbohydrates, fiber, are abundant in avocados. In fact, ½ cup provides 5 grams of fiber (and only 1 gram of sugar) (3). An avocado’s fiber can improve cholesterol, balance blood sugars, and promote digestive health.
Avocados have been determined to help prevent the occurrence of cancers in the mouth, skin, breast and prostate gland. Cancer risk factors often include excessive inflammation and oxidative stress.
Avocados likely reduce risk due to their unusual mix of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. What’s more, avocados increase programmed cell death cycle (apoptosis) of cancer cells.
Healthy fats are the central nutrient in the Keto Zone Shake. This is no accident.
In fact, 74% of the Keto Zone Shake’s calories come from fat.
Why is this important to you?
To get in and stay in the Keto Zone, you need more than 70% of your calories to come from fat. This provides the substrates needed to synthesize ketones, reduces carbohydrate intake, and offers the many health benefits of a high fat Keto Zone Diet. It will:
To get in, or stay in the Keto Zone, don’t choose any shake. Opt for Keto Zone Shakes. They are convenient, healthy, and the fats in the Keto Zone Shake will promote health, wellness, and ketosis for your whole body.