By: Jessica Mattern
First things first, what exactly is this coffee all about? Bulletproof coffee is a beverage that consists of brewed coffee, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil, and grass-fed unsalted butter.
Due to its ingredients and nutritional content, bulletproof coffee is very popular amongst those who follow a high-fat, low carbohydrate diet. Many people who follow the keto diet are big fans of bulletproof coffee.
Bulletproof coffee is designed to be drunk on an empty stomach, and ideally, as a substitute for breakfast. The combination of calories and fat makes it an appropriate meal substitute, and the caffeine can help fuel your morning workout.
While the nutritional content will vary depending on how you make it, the average bulletproof coffee has anywhere from 250-500 calories. A single tablespoon of MCT oil is around 100 calories, as is a single tablespoon of butter.
Therefore, if you’re trying to watch your calories, bulletproof coffee may not be the best choice for you.
Benefits of Bulletproof Coffee
So, now that you know a little bit about bulletproof coffee, you’re probably wondering, what are its benefits? To get a full picture of the benefits of bulletproof coffee, let’s take a look at each ingredient:
Even though coffee may not be great for your teeth, it’s no secret that coffee is great for your overall health. In case you needed more reasons to drink coffee, here are some of the top benefits:
Also, keep in mind that caffeine isn’t healthy for everyone. If you suffer from heart issues, have a caffeine sensitivity, or are currently pregnant, drinking coffee may not be a good idea.
Also, remember that the key to reaping the benefits of coffee is moderation. Otherwise, you could end up dealing with more health issues due to caffeine. In general, you should try to stick to 2 to 3 cups per day.
Now, let’s talk about the other key ingredient in bulletproof coffee- MCT oil. MCT oil is manufactured by a machine in order to separate the medium fatty acids from the rest of the oil (usually, this is coconut oil or palm kernel oil).
Basically, MCT oil is a much more concentrated form of coconut oil. Now, why do people rave about it so much? Here are the top benefits:
Now, for the final ingredient- grass-fed butter. If you’re wondering, “Why grass-fed butter over regular butter?”, here’s what’s so great about it:
In addition to all of these benefits, many people report that bulletproof coffee provides them with an energy boost that lasts for hours.
And, people like bulletproof coffee because it doesn’t have a post-caffeine crash. People also find that they’re able to be productive for hours when drinking bulletproof coffee and that it curbs their sugar cravings.
Now that you know about the benefits of bulletproof coffee, it’s time to drink up.
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About Dr. Hill
Dr. Lester (Ted) Hill is a licensed Osteopathic physician, an advanced clinical Nutrition Response Testing® practitioner, and the founder of East Liverpool Family Practice.