Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil helps encourage the body to make ketone bodies, compounds that can be used as fuel by the body – and perhaps most interestingly – by the brain. Ketones are a hot topic these days and have been shown to improve recall in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment, although more research is needed. In fact, a 2016 review found that Alzheimer’s patients may be better able to use ketones than glucose for brain fuel, leading scientists to posit the therapeutic benefits of ketosis for delaying or correcting brain fuel supply, especially in those with declining functions. Use MCT oil in place of oil in any uncooked or low-temperature recipe. Try adding to mashed avocado and use as a sandwich spread, use in vinaigrettes, stir into almond butter or toss with steamed vegetables. In our recipe, we use it to make a chile oil that’s drizzled over a veggiepacked stir-fry.