Bulletproof coffee is everywhere: on brunch menus in buzzy restaurants, on Instagram, in fancy latte bowls at our favorite cafes. Arianna Huffington credited it as a major source of her energy; Dr. Mark Hyman said, “I love to have a little Bulletproof Coffee before I do yoga or go for a run in the morning. It contains delicious fats and keeps my energy high.” If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us.
We’re still kind of confused about what it actually is and why we should be drinking it, though. Truth be told, we’ve heard horror stories (oil separating, it tasting like popcorn), so we decided to put in our own research. Turns out, the fats in the coffee are incredibly good for you. When made correctly, it tastes like a rich latte and keeps you fuller longer. Read below for 10 fast facts about bulletproof coffee and why you should be drinking it. Bonus – we’ve even included a recipe so you can try it at home…..
First, though, what is it actually?
Bulletproof coffee is 8 ounces of high quality coffee blended with 1 tablespoon MCT oil (sourced from coconut oil) and 1 tablespoon grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee. MCT oil is available here for purchase; truth be told, we like using 1 tablespoon of coconut oil as much as we do using the MCT oil. You can also add fun mix-in’s like vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon, collagen peptides or almond milk to make it even creamier.
It cuts cravings.
One of the biggest problems with our coffee addiction is that we like it sweet sometimes, but all that sugar has a price. We become dependent on it, and crave it more. Bulletproof coffee is sugar free, but still tastes sweet from the grass-fed butter.
It improves energy – without the nasty side effects.
We all turn to caffeine for it’s quick boost of energy but know that it can hurt us if we have too much. The caffeine shakes are very real and can leave us feeling depleted. The fat in bulletproof coffee prevents that from happening by coating the stomach in a layer of high-grade fats, so you get to reap the benefits of the caffeine without a crash.
It prevents and decreases inflammation.
Grass-fed butter is high in butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid. Studies show that butyrate can both prevent and decrease inflammation in humans. This will help you feel less bloated and can even decrease chronic pain.
It helps you get in your daily vitamins.
Grass-fed butter is higher than grain-fed butter in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin D, vitamin E, and antioxidants. You can actually see the difference in the butter: grass-fed butter is a sunny yellow color, while grain-fed/factory-farmed butter is almost white. The lack of color is a sign that the butter is coming from sick, nutrient-depleted cows. These vitamins help your eyes and immune system function properly; you need more of them in your diet, most likely.
It improves gut health.
Studies have shown butyrate (found in the butter) to protect against mental illness, improve body composition and improve gut health. It works to guard the stomach against leaky gut and can be a core component of an IBS and gluten-free friendly diet.
It gives your brain the fats it needs.
Plain melted coconut oil can provide multiple benefits. The caffeine naturally occurring in coffee helps transport the medium-chain-triglycerides through the blood/brain barrier by bypassing the liver entirely; and thus feeding your brain powerful nutrients it needs directly.
It helps you avoid the caffeine crash.
Drinking a cup of black coffee is basically the equivalent of taking a caffeine pill. You body experiences a quick energy boost, but that falls if you don’t sustain it with fat. Butter and MCT oil help even out your energy surge so you’ll feel more energetic all day long, without the crash.
It aids in weight loss.
It triggers weight loss by way of ketosis, a metabolic state triggered by a lack of carbs that kicks fat-burning into overdrive. Additionally, fat is more satiating than carbs, so if you add it to your morning cup, you may feel full longer. Feeling fuller longer helps you snack less, which is proven to help you lose weight.
It helps you get a good night’s sleep.
The vitamins in the butter help mitigate the dehydrating effects of the caffeine and also prevent your stomach from absorbing all of the caffeine. Less caffeine intake means you’ll have an easier time sleeping; staying hydrated helps you sleep as well.
It increases your protein consumption.
If you make your coffee with collagen, you will be elevating your normal cup of joe to a high-protein treat. Adding just one tablespoon of collagen peptides can give you 22 grams of protein. We like to add it to our coffee before or after a workout.
And now for a quick recipe for bulletproof coffee – adapted from Dr. Mark Hyman.
In a blender, add:
- 2 cups of hot coffee (regular or decaf), ideally fresh brewed with organic beans
- 2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter or ghee
- 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil or 2 Tablespoons of MCT oil
- ½ teaspoon of organic cinnamon (optional) or 1 teaspoon of organic cocoa powder for a mocha.
- 1 scoop (approximately 1 tablespoon) of collagen peptides for extra protein (optional)
Blend until creamy.