Forget the cream and sugar. Adding a pat of butter to your morning coffee can help you kick your day into overdrive—at least, according to advocates of the Bulletproof Coffee trend.
Bulletproof Coffee, which is basically just a cup of black coffee with grass-fed butter and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil mixed in, was designed by Dave Asprey, owner of Bulletproof Executive, to “supercharge your brain function and create effortless fat loss with no cravings.” Now, Paleo dieters and grass-fed butter fanatics alike are adding the butter-and-oil combo to their javas. Try the simple recipe below and see for yourself!
Brew the coffee. Combine the MCT oil, butter, and coffee in a blender, and liquefy until a thick layer of foam forms on top.
What is MCT?
MCTs in this coffee recipe help with mental acuity and energy levels. Compared to longer-chain fats, MCTs are digested more quickly and are less likely to get stored in fatty tissue. One of the most recent studies on MCTs found that they did promote weight loss but didn’t boost exercise performance.
Compared to cream, butter also has more butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid that possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and some research has shown it can promote brain function and gut health. Butter also has more vitamins, such as A, D, and K2, than cream and is lower in sugar.
The famous naturopath, Dr. Andrew Weil, pointed out on his website that buttered coffee is a common drink around the world – and Bulletproof coffee simply adds another relatively healthy fat to the mix. If you’re active and eat a balanced diet, adding a little fat like that in Bulletproof coffee is perfectly acceptable – and might give you a bit more energy than your everyday cup.