The Keto Zone diet is great for the skin. It can reduce the consumption of common food intolerances that affect the skin, increase foods that promote skin health, and improve skin by improving gut and whole-body health. To experience healthy skin on Keto Zone, it’s important to eat a variety of Keto Zone foods and stay hydrated.
Have you heard a keto diet might negatively impact your kidney health?
Many well-intentioned people warn about the potential dangers of eating a ketogenic diet. But is there any merit to these claims?
With so much conflicting information on the internet, it is hard to know what to believe. We’re here to tell you the straight truth about keto and your kidneys. (more…)
Do you or someone you know suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis?
If so, you probably feel like you have tried everything to heal your skin only to be frustrated with the lack of results. After going from doctor to doctor you may feel like giving up.
This is a common experience for those with inflammatory skin conditions. Conventional dermatologists will typically prescribe an array of pills and creams. While these pharmaceutical remedies may offer temporary symptomatic relief, they do not get to the root cause of the condition.
Luckily, there is good evidence to suggest that a healthy ketogenic diet can help you heal your inflammatory skin condition from the inside out. A low-carb diet can address the root cause of skin issues so that you can move on with your life. (more…)
What are the benefits of MCT oil powder that outweigh other alternatives? MCT oil powder and coconut oil have some similarities and are both welcome in a healthy diet, but they are not created equal. While you can often use coconut oil and MCT oil interchangeably in recipes, it doesn’t mean they provide the same benefits.
Below we’ll clear up significant differences between MCT oil vs coconut oil and how you can get the most out of each.
First, let’s do a quick overview of both.
WHAT IS COCONUT OIL?
Most people know what coconut oil is: an edible oil extracted from the meat of coconuts. It’s high in saturated fats but contains a unique type of saturated fats: medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs.
Because of their unique chemical structure, MCTs are more quickly absorbed by your body than other fats, so you can use them for fuel instead of storing them as fat.
MCTs also provide around 10 percent less calories than long-chain triglycerides.
Also, because of its high saturated fat content, coconut oil doesn’t oxidize and go rancid as easily as other healthy oils. This means you can store it for longer and it’s good for cooking at higher temperatures.
There are different ways to process coconut oil:
- Virgin coconut oil is the best “unrefined” option. It’s extracted from the coconut without chemicals or the use of high temperatures. This is the healthiest form of coconut oil for cooking and baking.
- Refined coconut oil is taken from coconuts that have been baked before extraction. Then the oil is passed through a bleaching clay to clean it and kill bacteria. Refined coconut oil is best for beauty uses, such as hair conditioning, but you can use it occasionally for cooking.
- Partially hydrogenated coconut oil is just as bad as using processed oils containing trans fats and should be avoided for good health.
There has been a lot of controversy around coconut oil in recent years, but we’ve debunked the health concerns here.
WHAT IS MCT OIL?
As you know by now, “MCT” stands for medium-chain triglycerides like those in coconut oil. And most MCT oil is derived from coconut oil, although sometimes it’s taken from palm oil.
Unlike coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature, MCT oil is liquid at room temperature. It’s also colorless and odorless. This makes MCT oil great for adding to beverages like coffee, smoothies, and other foods.
You can read more about the specific health benefits of MCT oil powder here.
But the most significant difference you need to know about MCT oil vs coconut oil is the type of MCTs used in each.
THE HUGE DIFFERENCE IN MCT QUALITY OF MCT OIL VS COCONUT OIL
There are four types of MCTs:
- Caproic acid (C6)
- Caprylic acid (C8)
- Capric acid (C10)
- Lauric acid (C12)
The primary MCT in coconut oil is C12, lauric acid. C12 must be processed by your liver before it can be used by the body.
While it still provides some benefits of MCT, C12 is not the most ideal.
Here’s where MCT oil wins out:
- MCT oil contains MCT C8 and C10, which don’t need to be processed by the liver. This means they’re easily used as fuel, and when you’re in the Keto Zone, they’re quickly converted into ketones for fat-burning energy. And MCT C8 is the absolute best because it creates the highest amount of ketones.
- Plus, MCT oil contains many more MCTs than coconut oil. You would actually have to eat mounds of coconut oil (at least half a jar!) to receive the same amount of MCTs used in a serving of our MCT Oil Powder.
- And since MCT oil can cause digestive upset for some people, we created our MCT oil powder for easier digestion and use. It also contains more MCT C8 than other MCT oils or powders.
So, in conclusion, MCTs are amazing fats. And while you can get them from both coconut oil and MCT oil (and MCT oil powder), the latter provides a much more potent dose than just coconut oil. By all means, still enjoy your coconut oil, but to optimize your MCT intake, be sure to get your daily dose of MCT oil or MCT Oil Powder.
Humanity has been cultivating and consuming olives since biblical times. The oil of this fruit was even considered sacred and was used to anoint kings. Today, olive oil is a common staple in both residential and commercial kitchens. Not only does it have a wide array of culinary applications, but a myriad of health benefits as well.
The benefits of olive oil include cardiovascular protection, brain health, antioxidant action, and skin health, among others. However, these benefits are only present when you are consuming real olive oil that has not gone rancid. Unfortunately, much of the olive oil available on grocery store shelves does not meet these criteria.
Looking for a delicious keto snack to keep you in the Keto Zone?
The Keto Zone Diet switches your metabolism from using carbs and sugar as the primary fuel source to using fat as fuel to promote weight loss.
In between meals, your cells are gobbling up stored body fat, instead of waiting for your next hit of sugar.
However, it can be difficult to stick to a ketogenic diet when most available snack foods are full of processed carbohydrates, which will spike your blood sugar and take you out of fat-burning mode.
No need to feel discouraged; we have your back!
Here are 10 delicious fat-burning keto snacks to boost your metabolism, keep you full, and help you reach your health goals. (more…)
Fat is Back!
As mainstream culture continues to come to terms with the fact that dietary cholesterol does not cause heart disease or lead to weight gain, more and more people are turning to a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet to lose weight and maintain health. High fat, low carb diets allow your body to reboot its ability to use fat for fuel.
The power plants in your cells called mitochondria can either use sugar or fat for energy. When you eat a high carb diet and snack often the body is constantly burning glucose (sugar). But if you restrict sugar consumption and focus on healthy fats you force your body to begin metabolizing fat.
This is great because once your body begins to burn fat for fuel, in between meals when you are not eating, your body will burn body fat for energy. This is by far the most effective way to lose excess weight.
A quick, easy, low carb dinner solution that will satisfy your taste buds and help shrink your waistline. This ketogenic chicken teriyaki is made with nutritious thigh meat from organic pasture-raised chicken with the skin preferably kept on to increase both flavor and nutrition. Soy sauce is switched out with coconut aminos and sugar is avoided with the use of stevia for a hint of sweetness.