Have you ever heard of Bulletproof Coffee? I didn’t discover it until I started adding coconut oil to my diet. I came across claims that adding coconut oil and grass-fed butter to coffee would keep your energy levels high all day, keep you satiated longer, and support weight loss efforts. This coffee is getting a lot of attention and traction in the fitness world. The healthy fats from the butter and coconut oil replace the carb-laden creamer that most people use in their coffee, and helps get more good fats into your system.
At first, the idea of putting fat into coffee grossed me out, but my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to give it a try. The result is actually one very delicious, creamy cup of coffee, and it leaves my lips feeling so soft!
I’m not going to comment on the validity of the health claims, but there are studies* that suggest that adding medium-chain triglycerides into your diet can promote overall health and well-being – whether you choose to do it through coffee or some other source is really up to you.
Dr. Weil puts it this way: “Blending a tablespoon or so of high-quality, unsalted, organic butter into your morning coffee or tea is unlikely to do you any harm, and is a worthwhile experiment for the sake of both taste and health if you are inclined to try it.” (source)
Bulletproof Coffee Recipe (source)
– 2 TB. Grass-fed Unsalted Butter (I use Kerrygold – can be found at Trader Joe’s)
– 1-2 TB. Coconut Oil
– 2 Cups (500 ml) Brewed Coffee
– Stevia, a dash of cinnamon, or some vanilla (all optional)
Brew 2 cups of good-quality coffee (I use my French Press), pour into a blender (I use my magic bullet), add butter and coconut oil, and blend until frothy. Whether you choose to shake it really hard or use an actual blender, it is important to blend until you see froth. Mixing it with a spoon will leave a layer of oil slick on your coffee, and that is just about as unappetizing as it gets.
Have you/would you try Bulletproof Coffee?
*Greater rise in fat oxidation with medium-chain triglyceride consumption relative to long-chain triglyceride is associated with lower initial body weight and greater loss of subcutaneous adipose tissue.
*Physiological effects of medium-chain triglycerides: potential agents in the prevention of obesity.