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You’ve probably seen the coffee craze of putting butter in coffee. It’s called Bulletproof Coffee and it was developed by a guy named Dave Asprey, a former silicon valley investor turned entrepreneur.
Bulletproof Coffee is a brand that makes Upgraded Coffee and Brain Octane Oil.
But in this article, we’re going to talk about how to make your own version of this popular coffee style.
How to Make Bulletproof Coffee with Butter and Coconut Oil
We’re not making Bulletproof Coffee using the branded products. Instead, we’re using just good coffee, coconut oil, and the right kind of butter.
Butter is nothing more than heavy cream and salt. However, the butter used in Bulletproof coffee is unsalted. So it’s really just heavy cream.
The idea is that good coffee mixed with fat provides mental clarity without the crash and food cravings you get from normal coffee. And in case you’re wondering, it will not give the coffee a buttery taste. It just tastes like a coconut latte.
What You Need
- 2 Cups of Freshly Brewed Coffee
- Kettle (stovetop or electric)
- Unsalted Grass Fed Butter (unsalted is important)
- Coconut Oil
- A Blender
- Mugs or Tumblers
1. Brew and Preheat The Blender
First, Brew 2 cups of coffee using your favorite brewing method. While your coffee is brewing, Preheat the blender by adding hot water and dumping it out right before you add your ingredients.
2. Add The Ingredients
Add the 2 cups of hot coffee to the pre-heated blender. Then, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter and 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil.
Mix it all in a blender for about 30 seconds until it is frothy like a latte. Then, Serve and enjoy.
The Real Truth About Bulletproof Coffee
Can coffee help me lose weight? Sounds almost too good to be true doesn’t it? That’s because it really is.
Since its invention, Bulletproof Coffee has become all the rage among many health circles and has even been featured on various news programs such as Good Morning America. However, the science behind it combined with the experiences of many people who have tried it simply fail to demonstrate any real health benefits of this new adaptation of your favorite morning beverage.
What Is Bulletproof Coffee?
First, we need to separate the coffee from the company so we can talk about them.
Bulletproof Coffee is a company started by Dave Asprey after he came up with this new coffee drink back in 2009 that he claims can improve your cognitive performance and help you lose weight. Today, the company has put together an entire health package that it markets and sells to consumers looking to improve their mental and physical performance as well as live a healthier life.
Now, let’s take a quick look at Bulletproof Coffee, the drink. Essentially, Bulletproof Coffee is traditionally brewed coffee that has 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter along with 1 to 2 tablespoons of MCT oil. You combine the freshly brewed coffee with these ingredients and then blend them together for 20 to 30 seconds until the drink is frothy.
You combine the freshly brewed coffee with these ingredients and then blend them together for 20 to 30 seconds until the drink is frothy.
Does The Coffee Taste Good?
The answer is most definitely yes. When have you added butter to something and it didn’t help it taste better? The butter makes the drink rich and creamy and is actually an interesting new take on drinking your coffee. Of course, if you prefer your coffee black, you may not be happy with this new frothy drink. Still, most coffee drinkers will find it a pleasing drink to have every morning.
The butter makes the drink rich and creamy and is actually an interesting new take on drinking your coffee. Of course, if you prefer your coffee black, you may not be happy with this new frothy drink. Still, most coffee drinkers will find it a pleasing drink to have every morning.
Still, most coffee drinkers will find it a pleasing drink to have every morning.
What About Mycotoxins and “Upgraded” Beans?
Where things start to become a little shady, in my opinion, is when you look at what Asprey and what his company has to say about mycotoxins. According to them, most coffee is loaded with mycotoxins that are not only bad for your health but also make your coffee bad for you and not taste quite as good.
Instead, they recommend that you purchase their coffee that they have processed to make sure that there is no mycotoxins present.
The problem is, most all coffee is taken through very similar mycotoxin removal procedures already. The presences of mycotoxins are actually so low that the FDA has suspended even checking for it because it was simply a waste of resources.
While the FDA is known to make a mistake here and there, when you consider how much coffee is consumed in the United States every day you can probably guess that the mycotoxin levels remain low as we would be seeing more widespread problems simply because people decided to have a morning cup of joe.
What is MCT Oil?
Another primary ingredient recommended by Asprey, MCT oil, or medium-chain triglyceride oil, is an essential ingredient in the “brain juice” portion of the drink and, according to Asprey and his company, is a requirement if you really want to see some of the cognitive improvements from drinking Bulletproof coffee.
The oil itself is mostly an 8-carbon octanoic acid MCT oil. What does that mean? Basically, it means the drink is very acidic. So, if you have a weak stomach or are sensitive to acid build up in your stomach, this drink may be hard to get used to if you don’t take it with food. Of course, they don’t want you to eat when you drink it. It is designed to be your breakfast meal replacement.
Must Use Bulletproof Coffee Branded Products
Asprey and his company market their lines of coffee, oils and more as part of their overall health package and say that you must use their products in order to get the benefits of Bulletproof coffee.
However, if you want to try this drink but don’t want to purchase products directly from them, you most definitely can with products you pick up from your local grocery store.
When you do, you won’t notice any difference in how it tastes or how it feels to drink this beverage compared to if you use the branded products. In fact, you can usually pick up the products for much cheaper and make it yourself and you never have to worry about buying the brand name products.
Other Health Claims
Outside of their claims that only their products will work, let’s take a quick look at some of the other claims their marketing gurus have come with since this drink was released.
1. Drinking Bulletproof Coffee will help program your body to burn fat for energy.
This one sounds really great. Who doesn’t want their body to burn their fat instead of everything else? If it actually worked it would be wonderful. Unfortunately, like most of their claims, the science simply doesn’t back them up. Of course, it doesn’t disprove them either.
There simply isn’t any real in-depth scientific studies that have been conducted. The science they do cite is often done on just animals such as rats or with very small sample groups of only a few people.
Essentially, this means there is simply nothing out there that can back up or disprove their claims so they are going around saying whatever they want about it based on old or small studies that support their claims.
2. You can lose a pound every day on this diet.
One of the most outrageous claims made by the company is how fast you can lose weight. The truth is you might actually drop weight this fast. But that doesn’t mean it is good and healthy for you.
You can lose weight just by eating chips one day but that doesn’t mean you will be healthy, and it doesn’t mean that you will keep the weight off permanently either.
According to Bulletproof, you should get 50 to 70 percent of your daily calories from fat. While science today now believes that fat is absolutely necessary and should be a part of every healthy diet, you will be hard-pressed to find a physician anywhere to say that eating mostly fat day in and day out will be good for your health, even if it makes you drop a little weight.
So Does Bulletproof Coffee Actually Work?
This can be difficult to determine. With so few studies about Bulletproof coffee, it can be hard to determine if it really works or it doesn’t. Of course, that’s the root of the problem.
There are no definitive studies, or the studies they do cite were so small that they make virtually no scientific impact whatsoever.
Could you lose weight drinking bulletproof coffee? Maybe. Will you be smarter? Your cognitive ability could at least feel that way. Is it sustainable? That’s the biggest question.
It is highly doubtful. Many people have reported stomach issues from pain and hunger due to the increase in acid and, of course, no food making it hard to stay dedicated to this type of drink every morning.
The Bottom Line About Bulletproof Coffee
Bulletproof coffee is an interesting drink when taken at face value. If you enjoy trying new ways to drink coffee go ahead and give this one a try. You could find you really enjoy it and many people truly enjoy the way it tastes. But will it help you live a more healthy life and make you smarter at the same time? That is highly doubtful.
The science simply doesn’t exist to prove this to be true. You may feel some benefits in the short term and you may even lose weight, but over the long term keeping that weight off and actually being healthier is a tough sale at this point in time.
So should you give it a try? It is up to you and if you want to experiment with different tasting coffee, go for it. But if you are looking for a magic elixir to make you smarter and healthier, you will probably be disappointed by it.
Sure, you may see some boost in the short term and feel even more alert than usual, but over the long haul the extra acid could create stomach problems and like a fad diet, it is not the path to sustainable good health.
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