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FAQ: Differences between Brain Octane and MCT Oil

Coconut oil is one of the world’s most perfect fats… so why isn’t it more popular?

Even though it has more quality fats than almost any other food, virgin coconut oil comes with a few problems:

  • It turns into a solid at room temperature and has a strong taste (not optimal if you don’t like the taste of coconut in everything)…
  • Just like conventional coffee, many commodity brands of coconut oil end up contaminated with mould toxins – giving you brain fog rather than a performance boost… 
  • You can’t consume enough of it to get the full benefits of the “medium chain” super-fats trapped inside.

Coconut oil contains a few amazing fats bundled up with less beneficial fats that come along for the ride. And your body can only handle a certain amount of fat at one time before your digestive system turns on you.

That means the key to getting the most out of the fats in your diet is making sure you’re getting only the good stuff – without the merely average. Enter MCT and Brain Octane oils:

What makes MCT and Brain Octane different from plain coconut oil?

MCT and Brain Octane oils are liquid at room temperature – with a taste that blends invisibly and clump-free into coffee, shakes, soups and even salad dressings.

Unlike regular coconut oil, MCT and Brain Octane are triple-distilled to leave only the healthiest MCT (“medium chain triglyceride”) fats that give you the greatest benefit. You would need to eat at least 10 times as much raw coconut oil (if your stomach could handle it) to get the same amount of the most valuable, ketosis fuelling type of fat found in Brain Octane.

Why “Medium Chain” Fats?

Fat molecules come in three varieties: short, medium and long.
And out of all the digestible fats, the “medium” MCT’s are the easiest for your body to burn for fuel. They’re also the least likely to get stored as body fat.
For more on the science of the high-performance fats behind Brain Octane and MCT Oil, make sure to check out the mct oil blog post for more info.

What Makes The “New” Brain Octane And MCT Oils Different?


  • All Brain Octane and MCT is now 100% derived from sustainable coconut oil – with zero palm oil mixed in.
  • That’s a huge win for orangutan habitats in Southeast Asia – and actually for all primates, including us humans.
  • To be clear, the nutritional impact hasn’t changed: If you’ve tried Brain Octane or MCT already, you’ll experience the exact same clean ketone-fuelled energy.

The difference is – even though coconut oil has always been the primary source for making Brain Octane and MCT, the way the industry worked meant palm oil was often commingled with coconut oil as a backup. In fact, it took a couple years worth of pretty intense negotiations and some major changes to the way the coconut and palm oil industry operates to make 100% coconut-derived Brain Octane and MCT possible.

What’s the difference between MCT and regular MCT oil?

The problem with most MCT oils is that the top ingredient isn’t actually an MCT at all – just a marketing gimmick:
This fat – known as lauric acid, or C12 – got labelled as an MCT back in the 1970’s. Yet your body digests it just like a longer-chain fat. That means, instead of getting broken down into ketones for fast, crash-free energy… Lauric acid goes into your lymph system with the rest of the less digestible fats, where it’s more likely to get stored as unwanted body fat. It’s like putting kerosene in your car instead of gasoline: Sure, they’re both flammable… still, you probably won’t get the same mileage.

At the same time lauric acid is more common and a lot cheaper. Making it a popular substitute for the more powerful MCT’s. Even though the resulting “MCT oil” isn’t much potent than ordinary coconut oil.
That’s why Bulletproof MCT and Brain Octane oils contain only the rarest and most beneficial C8 and C10 MCT fats that are easiest for your body to turn into high-efficiency fuel.

Which is better – MCT or Brain Octane?

Bulletproof MCT gives you a mixture of the two most potent MCT fats – known as caprylic acid (C8) and capric acid (C10), while Brain Octane contains only the caprylic (C8) variety.

Between these two super-fats, the 100% pure C8 will give you the quickest burst of mental energy and it’s also the rarest of the two: There’s less C8 than C10 in coconut oil, so C8 ends up being a bit more expensive. However, either one will give you much faster performance boost than coconut oil or conventional “MCT oil”… and you can even mix the two together to create your own custom blend.

Rule of thumb: Use Brain Octane anytime your number one priority is fast mental energy (like your morning Bulletproof Coffee)

And economise by trying MCT in recipes like salad dressings, soups and shakes later on in the day for a metabolism boost.