What is Bulletproof Coffee?
Originally brought in as part of the Bulletproof diet, hailed as a great way to lose weight easily by cutting out carbs, the bulletproof coffee diet has had a wide range of reviews. This article will take a look at the bulletproof coffee benefits and whether or not they outweigh the cons of opting for a low carb diet. Best of all, we’ll even give you a simple recipe, so you can decide on the results, for yourself.
What is Bulletproof Coffee?
Bulletproof coffee – also referred to as butter coffee – is a relatively simple mixture that most can make within a few minutes, in the comfort of their own home. In terms of Bulletproof coffee ingredients, you should be able to find these in most supermarkets – coffee (not surprisingly), butter and oil.
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The original brand calls for their own variety of coffee beans, along with medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil both of which are available from the Bulletproof website. However, the original butter coffee recipe is not so picky and allows you to choose between the oil of your choice – with most opting for coconut oil.
So, what exactly does bulletproof coffee do? Well, the basic idea is that this is a morning snack which works with any low carb diet, such as the keto diet. By triggering ketosis, your metabolism is said to kick into overdrive and start burning fat. Thus, this coffee is designed mostly for weight loss.
Nutritional Information for Bulletproof Coffee
One cup of bulletproof coffee, made with coconut oil and a teaspoon of stevia contains:
- Calories 8
- Total Fat 1 g
- Saturated Fat 9 g
- Polyunsaturated Fat 7 g
- Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
- Cholesterol 1 mg
- Sodium 0 mg
- Potassium 9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 8 g
- Dietary Fiber 0 g
- Sugars 0 g
- Protein 7 g
So, as we can see, bulletproof coffee has very few carbs and sugars, while being high in fats – which is ideal for a keto, or low-carb, diet. In the meantime, most of the vitamins and minerals given are pretty much negligible, so there are no benefits seen here.
Bulletproof Coffee Benefits
Given that we know the end goal of bulletproof coffee, the ingredients used and the general nutritional information, it’s time to take a look at the bulletproof coffee benefits and see what difference a good cup o’ Joe will make to your morning.
- Improved Mood
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone on the keto diet who has an overall bad mood. Odd days aside, the overall impact on the emotional balance of those who partake in bulletproof coffee as part of a low-carb diet is said to be much better than those who don’t diet.
- Increased Energy and Brain Activity
Not surprisingly, with the added caffeine used in a bulletproof coffee, those who have this snack in the morning have reported increased energy. However, there have been studies which show how MCT oil may be directly linked to improving overall brain functions over those who did not take MCT oil.
- Satiety Increased
One of the biggest pulls for bulletproof coffee for those who do not otherwise take part in low-carb diets is that it is said to help you feel fuller, for longer. Of course, once made, the coffee has a thick, milkshake-like texture that will fill your stomach and allow you to feel full. However, in terms of long-term satiety (from an early breakfast until lunch, let’s say), many have also found that they have not seen the benefits, here.
- May Benefit Diabetes Sufferers
For those who have been diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes, there are some studies to suggest that using a low-carb diet can be beneficial to your overall health. When following a keto diet for a short time only – and under the advice of a doctor – there is said to be many positive links for diabetes suffers, such as lowering blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of heart disease and weight loss.
- Weight Loss
It’s safe to say that following a low-carb diet does have links to losing weight and improving some aspects of your health. However, you should be aware that this is also based on what your current diet is and whether you have any medical conditions which may make a low-carb diet unsuitable for your needs.
Possible causes of these are the increased levels of caffeine in the body provided, of course, by the coffee used. Of course, all of the ingredients used in bulletproof coffee are packed with antioxidants (yes, even the grass-fed butter) and anti-inflammatories, so there are benefits to be had regardless.
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How To Make Bulletproof Coffee
It’s no secret that any diet that hosts its own brand is unlikely to be affordable in the long run. However, the good news is that you don’t need to spend loads of money to make your own bulletproof coffee. Simply use our recipe, below, and play around with the ingredients until you find a taste that you’re happy with.
Bulletproof Coffee Ingredients
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon of Butter
- 1 shot of regular coffee or 1 Tablespoon of Ground Coffee
- 1 Serving of Stevia
Simply blend the ingredients together, until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy the taste of your new morning coffee.
The good news is that many of these benefits have been proven through other keto-based studies, such as lowering the carbohydrates in your diet leading to an overall loss of fat. The better news is that you can always alter your bulletproof coffee with different ingredients, taking away parts in favor of other options, including adding whey protein as an example.
As always, however, there is bad news. In this case, it’s simply that the majority of arguments for bulletproof coffee benefits are mostly anecdotal – and it could be years before we see the direct links between bulletproof coffee ingredients and benefits being proven with studies. That said, there’s no harm in trying it out for a few weeks if you feel like testing the benefits for yourself – as long as you discuss any diet change with your doctor, beforehand.