Are you looking for a burst of energy from your morning cup of coffee? The Bulletproof Coffee trend promises just that and more. Here is a quick primer for you on the benefits of bulletproof coffee. We also explore if it is really worth the hype.
The Bulletproof diet was developed by David Asprey. It recommends eating foods high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates, the foundation of which is “Bulletproof Coffee”, a coffee drink with butter and medium-chain triglyceride derived from coconut oil. Asprey claims that Bulletproof Coffee is a “high-performance drink that has a massive impact on your energy and cognitive function”. Word has it that he derived inspiration from the yak-butter teas that are served in Tibet.
The recipe for Bulletproof coffee is simple: low-mold coffee beans, grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee and brain octane oils: either coconut oil or medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Blitz it, and voila!
Benefits of Bulletproof Coffee
The diet recommends that you should have bulletproof coffee first thing in the morning. There are multiple benefits of Bulletproof Coffee, as claimed by Asprey’s company:
- Even energy throughout the day – The saturated fat in grass-fed butter slows the absorption of caffeine, which gives you even energy for several hours instead of a caffeine spike and crash
- No more hunger pangs – Brain Octane Oil balances ghrelin and CCK, your hunger hormones, keeping you full until lunch
- Mental clarity and improved cognitive function – Brain Octane rapidly converts to ketones, a type of molecule that your brain uses more efficiently than carbs or sugar. Pairing ketones with the slowly releasing caffeine is known to be the cause for the high alertness and cognitive functioning
How exactly does this combination of ingredients work to deliver these benefits?
- Grass-fed butter or ghee is higher in essential nutrients and is considered “healthy fats”. Healthy fat sustains your energy for hours, balance hormones, and boost cognitive function. Butter from grass-fed cows supplies a ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids that’s far healthier than what comes from conventionally raised livestock
- MCTs raises fat-burning, fuels molecules in your body called ketones. Ketones in turn boost metabolic rate, decrease fat storage and burn fat that you already have. MCTs are a unique form of fat that require less energy and enzymes to be digested when compared to another type of fat known as long-chain triglycerides
- Lastly, coffee is packed with anti-oxidants (which reduces risk of chronic degenerative diseases), essential nutrients like B vitamins, potassium, and manganese
Together this magic potent has become the buzzword in wellness circles around the world. Although, it has its share of criticism as well.
Tread with caution!
Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, sports dietician and author of Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel Your Active Lifestyle, says “400-plus-calorie mug is unlikely to promote weight loss given that its ingredients—coffee, butter and oils—have not been shown to promote weight loss independently or when stirred together. Rather than refer to science here, I’d like to consider it logically—without exercise, is anyone out there losing weight by eating more calories”. So clearly, if you are in it for weight loss this may not be your “cup of tea”
Mind you, “Clinical studies have shown that for many individuals, eating too much saturated fat can contribute to high LDL-cholesterol,” says Bell. “If you fall into that category, you may not want to add butter to a drink that you were satisfied with already.”
Would you try Bulletproof coffee? If you are already on it don’t forget to tell us in the comments section about your experience!