Bulletproof coffee, or in other words, Butter coffee, is a high-calorie drink made with added fats. This coffee is intended to fuel your start to the day. It was created by the originator of the Bulletproof Diet, Dave Asprey, an American entrepreneur and author. The drink has become popular with low carb dieters and followers of ketogenic eating plans.
Benefits Of Bulletproof Coffee
People who promote the bulletproof coffee claim that it has a range of benefits, including:
- maintaining energy levels throughout the morning
- preventing hunger
- improving mental focus
- improved short term recall and reaction time
Key components of the coffee include fats from butter and MCT oil. The combination is noted to quash appetite, stabilise hunger and provide calories to fuel your morning. As well as being calorie-rich, butter supplies fat-soluble vitamins including A, D and K, is a source of gut-friendly butyrate and supplies conjugated fats, which may help improve body fat composition.
For those following a low-carb, high-fat diet, the drink fits the ketogenic style of eating because it contains no carbs, and the body converts the MCT oil to ketones.
Downsides Of Bulletproof Coffee
Bulletproof coffee can have the following side effects on your body.
- Low in nutrients
- High in saturated fat
- Increased cholesterol levels
One of the main downsides of drinking a bulletproof coffee instead of breakfast is that you’re missing out on the opportunity to eat a nutrient-dense meal. Instead, you’re consuming a drink that’s high in fat but lacks other valuable nutrients.
The coffee does not contain the right balance of essential nutrients. Coffee, oil, and butter do not contain carbohydrates, protein, fibre, and any other vitamins and minerals that a person needs. Choosing a breakfast that includes a balance of nutrients is a more healthful way to start the day.
How To Make Bulletproof Coffee
However, if you want to try the trending coffee, there are four steps you need to follow.
- Use freshly ground coffee beans, brew 1 cup of coffee using a French press.
- Add one tablespoon (tbsp) of a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, which usually derives from coconut oil.
- Add 1 to 2 tbsp of grass-fed, unsalted butter or a non-dairy alternative.
- Mix in a blender for 20 to 30 seconds.
The coffee mix should look foamy and creamy. People usually drink it warm.
The Bottom Line
People who follow a ketogenic or low-carbohydrate diet for health reasons may benefit from drinking coffee in moderation. Drinking a version of bulletproof coffee alongside a healthful breakfast from time to time is unlikely to be harmful to health. Meanwhile, a person could reduce the amount of butter and oil they add to the drink to cut down on saturated fat.
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