Wake up – it’s coffee time.
But instead of adding cream and sugar, add… butter?
Google “Bulletproof Coffee” and thousands of differing opinions will pop up. If you’re familiar with the craze, adding butter and coconut oil to your coffee might seem like no big deal. If you’re thinking, “why in the world would you do that?!” we’re here to explain the pros and cons.
Bulletproof Coffee was developed by Dave Asprey as a way to consume healthy fats every day, boost energy levels, and burn fat. His recipe became so popular among the Paleo community, and eventually was seen in all kinds of nutrition groups as a replacement for traditional breakfast, with many saying not to eat eggs, but to drink butter. The basic recipe is:
- 1 cup brewed organic coffee
- 1-2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
Use a blender to mix ingredients.
Supporters and daily drinkers of Bulletproof Coffee promote the following benefits:
- Most people are starved for healthy fats, and this is a surefire way to get them.
- The healthy fats can keep you satisfied, with many claiming that they don’t get hungry for another 5-6 hours after drinking Bulletproof Coffee.
- You can potentially burn fat through ketosis, which is when your body starts to burn fat in the absence of energy from carbohydrates.
Opponents of Bulletproof Coffee cite the following drawbacks:
- You can easily fall into eating far too many or far too few calories. A cup of Bulletproof Coffee runs an average of 450 calories, and if you aren’t replacing a meal with it, you can potentially gain 20-30 lbs a year. If the fats keep you so full that you don’t eat much for the rest of the day, you run the risk of starving your body.
- Healthy fats are good for you, but too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. High consumption of saturated fat can lead to dangerously high levels of LDL-cholesterol.
- You’re potentially replacing a nutritious, whole foods meal with a cup of less nutrient-dense coffee.