"Dare to be different."
This is one of our mottos and guiding principles here at Birota Foods. You may be thinking to yourself that we are just another company who is making a sugary, processed hot cocoa product. Not so fast! While our flagship product, Smart Cocoa™, can certainly be used as a hot cocoa, it has so many more functional uses that it should not just be considered a hot cocoa product. Smart Cocoa is different and because of one very special ingredient, it should be used on a daily basis in many different ways. We have quite a few unique ways of using Smart Cocoa in our Recipes section so be sure to spend a few minutes perusing. But let's take a step back and discuss this powerhouse ingredient so you have a good idea of why we are different...
As you have likely read in the Ingredients section of our website, we are driven by functional ingredients that have health promoting and athletic performance enhancing effects in the body. The cornerstone ingredient in our products is a healthy fat called Caprylic Acid (a medium chain triglyceride). Here's the scoop on why this is THE ingredient you really should include as part of your daily nutrition plan...
About Caprylic Acid
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT's) are powerful fats that have great benefits for the mind and body. MCT's are not stored in your fat cells but instead are converted to ketones. Ketones are substances created when the body breaks down fat for energy and are ideal forms of energy for the mitochondria (where energy production happens). During utilization, ketones produce fewer free radicals than do sugars. Interestingly, ketones can cross the blood brain barrier and provide instant energy to the brain.
There are four different triglycerides in the MCT family with differing numbers of carbon (C) molecules: C6, C8, C10, and C12. Caprylic Acid (C8) is superior in raising ketones, providing energy to the brain and muscles and teaching the body to burn fat more efficiently.
Most MCT's are a combination of C8 and C10, which doesn't provide the same ketone raising response as does using only C8. The result - lower fat burning. This is why we choose to use only C8, caprylic acid, in our products and not MCT's.
The best part is that you don't have to already be in ketosis or following a ketogenic diet to reap the benefits of enhanced fat burning. Consuming caprylic acid raises ketones and helps your body burn more fat no matter what type of diet you follow.
Physical and cognitive benefits
We use goMCT™ caprylic acid powder in our products because it fuels the body and the brain with healthy fats for natural and sustained energy without a blood sugar crash later. Caprylic acid has been shown to have positive effects on cognitive performance and in neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and dementia.
Cognitive performance aside, caprylic acid powder is great to use for anyone with the following goals: weight loss, increased energy, improved athletic performance and overall well-being. It will help you feel more alert, aware and focused. Athletes of all ages, busy professionals and on-the-go moms and dads will benefit from using Smart Cocoa and Smart Coconut Creamer daily.
Why powder and not oil?
The powder form of MCT's has a number of advantages over liquid MCT oil. Specifically, MCT powder is great for baking, is easy to travel with, and is smoother on the digestive system.
Why is our CA Powder the best?
Not all MCT's are created equal. Many inferior MCT products will add as much as 50% of C12 in their mix. And remember, the number of carbons in MCT's matters. While technically a MCT, C12 responds in the body like a long chain fat and doesn't reap the benefits of the other MCT's. And you know what? It doesn't raise ketone levels so it won't actually help the body burn more fat, just store it.
Caprylic acid, C8, is superior. That's why we use it in our products. Ingredients matter.
Common MCT powders will also use maltodextrin or milk based substances as binders. Not our caprylic acid powder! Ours uses 4.5 grams of pre-biotic acacia fiber per serving to help improve gut health. The gut microbiome is very important in promoting optimal health and supporting athletic performance and the acacia fiber found in our caprylic acid powder will support a healthy gut.
So, at the end of the day, be confident that the caprylic acid powder in our Smart Cocoa and Smart Coconut Creamer, along with our other top notch ingredients, will support your health, microbiome and athletic performance much better than any other cocoa or creamer product on the market!