I think we have all heard and at least tried bulletproof coffee by now and by default, MCT Oil.
The first time I ever heard about bulletproof coffee was from my friend Scott while I was staying at his home for Sundance Film Festival in Utah almost two years ago. I woke up one morning and he was singing the praises of this new butter coffee drink he was swearing by that his friend Dave Asprey told him about (Yes, THAT Dave Asprey from the Bulletproof Brand). My first reaction was “Are you crazy? I am not drinking butter” and especially first thing in the morning.
However, I knew nothing about it besides I saw him put a blob of butter in coffee and drink it. I must admit, I was interested, I do love butter and I was never into the whole low-fat diet fad. I went home and started researching it and thats when I was sold, when I read all the tons of research behind what makes bulletproof coffee so incredibly effective. It wasn’t just the butter that was the key but the MCT oil that you add that creates the thermogenic effect (fat loss) and increase brain function.
What is MCT Oil?
MCTs or Medium Chain Triglycerides (of Medium Chain Fatty Acids) are fatty acids of a certain length, as the name suggests. MCT oil is an oil made up of one or more of these medium chain triglycerides and it is translucent, odorless and tasteless liquid at room temperature.
Medium Chain Triglycerides are considered easily digestible and beneficial fats, and instead of being metabolized through digestion like most other foods, these fats are processed in the liver. MCTs provide fast and lasting energy and are easily absorbed by the body.
Back to the coffee:
It is said that drinking this blend of caffeine, MCT and healthy fats each morning puts your body in the routine to burn fat all day, helping you trim down overall. CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which found in grass-fed butter and grass-fed ghee , has been shown to reduce body fat mass especially in overweight individuals. It is also said that this pumped up drink will help produce ketones, which are created when your body creates energy from fat rather than carbohydrates. I personally do not follow the ketogenic diet. Due to its antioxidant and caffeine content, and the fact that it contains two unique and potent neurological agents, you can keep a steady focus. Caffeine is more than an energy booster, caffeine may help ease cognitive decline and block inflammation in the brain
Bulletproof coffee provides healthy fats for your brain and body to create healthy cell walls (membranes) and hormones. The short-chain fatty acid Butyrate (found in butter), once thought to be bad for you, has been linked to preventing neurodegenerative diseases, increased energy expenditure, and is also anti-inflammatory, further preventing heart disease.
Additionally, “There is some evidence that regular consumption of MCTs can induce very mild fat loss over time,” says Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., research associate at The New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospitals. “MCTs may also help regulate cholesterol levels, but the types of coconut oils and things from which people typically try to get MCTs often contain dangerous amounts of trans and saturated fats,”.
You have to be careful not to use just any old MCT oil, there a lot of coconut oils and lesser quality oils masquerading and being sold as MCT. I like the bulletproof brand, I buy mine here. You can also buy 3 ounce bottles that you can try it out with before commuting to a big bottle that is a bit pricey.
When deciding what butter to use, you must make sure it is grass fed butter. I use KerryGold if I do not use my Ghee. I am not going to get into the problem with our dairy industry (I do not eat dairy, besides ghee) at the moment but know that most cows are corn or soy fed. It’s cheap and filling, but cows aren’t actually meant to eat that. They can’t even digest it properly and their milk produces the kinds of fats you don’t want in your body. Grass-fed cows on the other hand commonly produce the best milk and beef (double blech!), and the butter made from those cows is just as good.
Only grass-fed butter has the right fats that regulate cholesterol, not add to it. Grass-fed butter has the best ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (which reduces body fat) and is a good source of vitamin K, both of which according to a studies reduce the risk of heart disease.
An important fact to take note of is that 1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil adds up to more than 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance of saturated fat. I do half this amount, I use a teaspoon of each. You have to remember, calories are calories, no matter where they come from. So if you are taking in an extra 200-300 calories per day, it will equal gaining an extra 20-30 pounds per year. YIKES! That being said, no shy away, just make sure to use this as a replacement for breakfast or a midday snack.
If you aren’t a fan of coffee, you can try scrambling your eggs with MCT Oil or making a salad dressing with it.
As always, do you research and see what works for you. For me, this is a quick alternative to breakfast on the go with good essential fats and calories in a more nutrient dense way than a carb heavy meal like oatmeal. Personally, I swap my buttery potion for breakfast and this works great for me to increase my energy, keep me satisfied, keeps cravings at bay and feeling alert all day.