This Is the Real Difference Between MCT Oil and Tec Temper
Dilutents are a big part of everyday products including foods, beverages, topicals and tinctures. Producers of these products want the right tempering agent to give their product the consistency it needs to go to market.
Among the most common tempering agents is MCT oil. MCT, or medium-chain triglycerides (don’t worry -- we had to re-read that, too) are triglycerides made up of two to three fatty acids with a consistency that works well as an emulsifier, such as palm oil or coconut oil.
In our industry, with a consistent finish each time. The question many companies ask is, ‘Will a cheap MCT oil do the trick, or will it not emulsify (blend together) properly? How can we guarantee that we’re getting the same quality in every batch? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we keep our product rich in terpene benefits?’
Abstrax is proud to present our Tec Temper product as the answer.
What is Tec Temper?
Tec Temper oil is kind of like Superman. It’s odorless, without a noticeable after-effect on its own. But it’s there, in small amounts, in many of the commercial foods, fragrances, and other common products that need a carrying agent.
The Tec-Temper product we’ve developed is a triethyl citrate base built from a blend of odorless terpenes. It’s boiling point is 294 degrees Celsius, and doesn’t have the noticeably pronounced effects of most MCT oils. With the Abstrax Tec Temper product, you get the benefits of high-performing terpenes rich in antioxidant and anti-irritant properties. Every batch uses our rigorously tested recipe developed by our scientists and is produced onsite to guarantee consistency. No more worrying about cheap fillers that are both lower in quality and harder to source on an ongoing basis.
With just a small amount of Tec Temper, compounds blend smoothly and have high stability relative to alternate cutting agents.
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Why is Tec Temper better than MCT oil?
MCT oil is touted as the brain-booster that can be added to such fads as bulletproof coffee, a consistent way to give the ketones in your body a sharp boost. Scientifically speaking, MCT oil, short for Medium-chain triglycerides, is a substance containing three medium-chain fatty acids. Common examples include coconut oil and palm oil, and those of us in the industry have seen the term -- and the products -- thrown around an awful lot over the past few years.
When making coffee at home, creating a perfectly consistent cup time after time isn’t the main concern. Waking up, getting the brain moving, stimulating the senses with the smell of a freshly ground dark roast -- in general. Fulfilling the daily ritual is the end goal here. But creating a product for a competitive marketplace is a different story entirely.
Coconut oil and other cheap products rich in MCT oils can be incredibly good for you when consumed orally, not inhaled. They can stimulate weight loss, improve brain function, and increase energy levels. However, MCT oil is not healthy to smoke because it is known to cause lipid pneumonia which is an inflammation of the lungs. This is well known in the science world but hidden by many companies who fail to educate the consumers, which is where we come in.
Using a product that is both rich in antioxidant terpenes, it fits in with the products themselves. MCT oil is believed to be unsafe to inhale, according to a report from the US National Library of Medicine and a separate recent medical study.
The bottom line is this -- when it comes to your brand, there’s no room for shortcuts.