Bulletproof Coffee: Three Reasons It’s Wack

Growing up in Seattle I had my fare share of Starbucks frappuccinos. Thank goodness my husband introduced me to quality organic espresso. Now I avoid those frothy syrup laden drinks and opt for unadulterated coffee. 

Coffee seems to have an exaggerated effect on me (think: shaking hands, bug eyes, very annoying hyperactive behavior) so when I first read about the theory of bulletproof coffee I was intrigued. 

What is Bulletproof Coffee?

The idea is to drink a blend of coffee, butter, and oil. Three things you wouldn’t usually put in the same cup let alone have in place of breakfast. Yes there is a trademark and patented version of this blend made my David Asprey, but if you want to concoct this on your own, it’s easy to make at home.

2 T. unsalted grass fed butter (my sub = 1 tsp of coconut butter)
2 T. MCT oil (my sub = 1 tsp of coconut oil or MCT oil)
2 c. freshly brewed organic coffee 

Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until all ingredients are combined. A result is a frothy, latte like coffee beverage. If your feeling like a mocha toss in a tablespoon of raw cacao for that chocolate-y taste. Feel free to add things like saigon cinnamon or Moon Juice’s powder brain dust. Whatever floats your boat.

All that Saturated Fat

I’m going to state the obvious here, if you have high cholesterol, don’t touch this brewing method. I’m not a nutritionist that is scared of saturated fat. However, I am very skeptical of putting this much fat in a beverage. Let’s break down the numbers:

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter = 14 grams of saturated fat which is 72% of the recommended daily value

2 tablespoons of MCT oil = 28 grams of saturated fat which is 140% of the recommended daily value

Here we have a problem. In one bulletproof cup of coffee we have received 212% of the daily value of saturated fat. That is 112% over the daily recommended limit – before breakfast.

No Nutrients

I know bulletproof coffee might seem like an upgrade from some people’s breakfasts (yesterday’s cold coffee leftovers). Replacing a meal with a caffeinated beverage is not the best idea. Coffee with fat will never give you the nutritional value of a balanced breakfast. Pin bulletproof coffee up against a green smoothie or an omelette packed with veggies and guess who is going to come out as the nutritional heavyweight? Not the coffee. Kids, eat breakfast.

Subbing Breakfast for Coffee

One touted benefit of bulletproof coffee for breakfast is it’s aid in weight loss. If I miss breakfast or try to sub coffee as a replacement I’m going to be looking for the nearest bagel shop about an hour into my work day. If I’m lucky enough to hold it together until lunch I’m likely ravenous and will gobble up the first thing in sight.

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The Verdict:

If coffee is part of your regular routine there is no harm in adding some fat to your beverage (organic butter or coconut oil) and it may help to slow the caffeine release. However, skip the heaping tablespoons and opt for small doses of globular goo. There is no need to exceed the RDA for saturated fat before breakfast.  Last and most important: do not use this as a meal replacement. Get your calories from nutrient dense foods that will fill you with minerals, vitamins, and enzymes.

Collage/Image Credits: Alexandra Thomas


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