A quick survey of other BHB salt containing products in the KETO space reveals that many of them contain Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), usually in the form of some “MCT Powder” and usually in some proprietary formula that requires some reverse engineering to see how many grams you’re ingesting per serving. My opinion on this particular topic, MCTs in BHB salt products, is pretty straight forward and unambiguously strong.
I think the addition of MCTs to BHB Salt products is nothing more than a marketing gimmick that has a high risk of increasing unpleasant and maybe serious side effects!
First, BHB salts products are now ubiquitously known to cause gastrointestinal discomfort in a fair amount of users “as is.” Giant Sports has tried to mitigate this by adding in valid doses of Fibersol®-2 to Giant KETO® to reduce bloating, gas and other gastrointestinal issues. So including something else in the formulation likely contributes to additional gastrointestinal problems just seems like a really bad idea to me.
MCTs are known for causing diarrhea, vomiting, irritability, nausea, stomach discomfort, intestinal gas.
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That is not the full story, though. There is another more insidious potential issue with adding in MCT in the form of some “MCT powders” to BHB Salt products.
Almost all of the MCT powders are derived from coconuts, something the US FDA defines clearly as Tree Nuts. They tend to almost always have “some” coconut taste and smell, as anyone who has tried them know. But, coconut taste and smell aside, assuming you like that taste and smell, a fair amount of folks are violently allergic to Tree Nuts. And if you are allergic to Tree Nuts then you probably want to stay away from BHB salt products with added MCTs or at least be exceedingly careful if you choose to use them to make sure the MCT content is not derived from coconuts.
Tree Nut allergies are some of the most common food allergies in children and adults. Such an allergy can potentially induce a severe, if not fatal, allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Unfortunately, an allergy to Tree Nuts is usually for life; recent studies have shown that only about nine percent of children with a Tree Nut allergy eventually outgrow this allergy.
Worse, a person with an allergy to one type of Tree Nut has a higher chance of being allergic to other types. Therefore, many experts advise people with allergies to Tree Nuts to avoid all nuts altogether
Just so you know, many of these products that derive their MCT content from coconut powder may be in violation of federal labeling laws if they do not declare the MCT content is derived from coconuts.
The Federal Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) require that all packaged food products sold in the USA that contain any Tree Nuts as an ingredient must list the specific Tree Nut used on the label.
I think it is best to avoid BHB salt products that contain added MCTs for these reasons above. If you need additional fat to meet your daily macros, I would suggest finding a non-Coconut sourced C8-only from Palm Kernels (assuming you have no Palm Kernel allergies and Palm Kernels are NOT considered Tree Nuts) containing product and “dialing in” exactly what you need rather than being “locked in” to a fixed amount in the BHB salt product. What if you need 300 calories of fats? Do you really want to consume another three plus servings of a BHB salt product?
Besides, I would rather be burning fat that is endogenous in origin (e.g., the fat from my thighs and ass) than burning fat that is exogenous in origin, like MCTs if it’s possible.
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-By Bruce Kneller, Formulator of Giant Keto