What is Creamy MCT Oil? The Magic (& Our Mastery) of Emulsification

Hand stirring Natural Force creamy MCT Oil into a Natural Force handmade mug of coffee

What is creamy MCT oil? Unlike regular MCT oil, which separates when mixed with water, creamy MCT oil (aka our Keto Coffee Creamer) is water soluble and mixes easily into both hot and cold liquids. Creamy MCT oil has all the same nutritional properties of regular MCT Oil but has the added benefit of being easier to digest.

In this article, you will learn:

Emulsification: The Process Behind Keto Coffee Creamer

An emulsion is a mixture of oil and water, two substances that normally don’t want to mix due to their opposing molecular charges.

Classic examples of food emulsions include:

  • Salad dressings and vinaigrettes made of vinegar and oil
  • Homogenized milk that contains both fat and water
  • Mayonnaise, which contains water-soluble lemon juice or vinegar and fat-soluble egg yolks and oil
Emulsions can come in two different types:
  1. Oil in water - Ex. heavy cream
  2. Water in oil - Ex. churned butter
The two types of emulsions can also be made three different ways:
  1. Through mechanical force - Ex. whisking mayonnaise. This type of emulsification works initially but tends to be unstable and oil and water eventually separate back out.
  2. With an emulsifier - Ex. adding sunflower lecithin. Emulsifiers are chemically known as phospholipids, molecules that bind equally to both oil and water allow them to make a stable mixture.
  3. By adding a thickener - Ex. adding flour to drippings to make gravy. Thickeners alter the chemical property of viscosity and stabilize an emulsion by preventing fat molecules from globbing together.

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How Keto Coffee Creamer is Made

While we can’t speak for other companies, our Keto Coffee Creamer starts with organic, Non-GMO Project verified, expeller-pressed virgin coconut oil.

We use coconut oil because it is a rich natural source of MCTs like c8 caprylic, c10 capric, and c12 lauric acid which are all prized for their impressive health benefits. Palm oil is another common source of raw MCTs, but palm oil plantations contribute to deforestation of orangutan habitats in southeast Asia (and it doesn't stop there). This is why we source our coconut oil only from environmentally sustainable coconut plantations in Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

The next step is an extraction and purification processes called fractionation and molecular distillation that separates the MCTs from the other fats and organic molecules found in raw coconut oil. This is why MCT oil is liquid at room temperature and coconut oil is solid. The “solid” coconut oil has a higher percentage of long chain fatty acids that solidify at room temperature while the liquid MCT oil is comprised of smaller medium chain fats that stay in a fluid state.

Once the raw coconut oil has been transformed into MCT oil, it is then emulsified through the use of a soluble fiber called gum Arabic. The gum Arabic allows water to blend with the MCT oil, creating a creamy liquid that can mix easily with other water soluble liquids such as coffee or tea. In addition to helping emulsify our MCT, gum Arabic may also help reduce body fat and BMI.

MCTs are naturally anti-microbial but the addition of water to the mix decreases their ability to ward off microorganisms. To prevent spoilage, we use a natural anti-microbial called sorbic acid that prevents bacteria and other organisms from growing and which allows our emulsified MCT to stay fresh for up to one year in normal, cool and dry conditions.

Keto Coffee Creamer (Creamy MCT) Benefits

Keto Coffee Creamer (creamy MCT) has the same health benefits of regular MCT oil including increased metabolism, improved mental focus, and reduced inflammation, but it also confers additional benefits not found in regular MCT.
  1. Easier digestion: When you consume normal dietary fats, your body has to work hard to emulsify and digest them. This can be difficult for individuals who have had gall bladder removal surgery since they lack the bile salts which are essential to this process. With emulsified MCT oil, the fats are already emulsified, so your body does need to produce as much bile and they can therefore be more easily digested.
  2. Easier use: Regular MCT’s do not want to mix into water-soluble liquids such as coffee or tea, so they require blending or other mechanical means to get them mixed in. Many folks have tried to add MCT to their coffee only to have it form a blistering hot oil slick. With emulsified MCT like our Keto Coffee Creamer, this is a non-issue since they can be easily added and mixed with just a spoon.

Delicious Uses for Keto Coffee Creamer

Since Keto Coffee Creamer can be mixed easily into both hot or cold liquids the ways to use it are nearly endless. To help you get started, here are a few of our favorite ways to use Keto Coffee Creamer:

Keto Coffee Creamer Pro-tips

In the same way that “cream rises to the top” in whole, homogenized milk, some of the MCT “cream” can rise to the top of your Keto Coffee Creamer.

This separation is totally normal and natural, but adding a particularly “creamy” (or “watery”) shot of Keto Coffee Creamer isn’t ideal from a taste and consistency perspective.

So, to ensure that you always get the best taste and consistency, always shake your Keto Coffee Creamer before each use!

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