It may sound strange — and downright disgusting — but wellness experts sing the praises of this buttery drink.
If you’re looking for ways to make your coffee habit healthier, stirring in a dollop of butter might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But according to many loyal enthusiasts, this surprising trick can do wonders for your health — and even shrink your waistline.
Behold: Bulletproof coffee, the trendy slimming drink that is conquering the internet. The recipe calls for two cups of high-quality single-origin coffee, at least two tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter, and one to two tablespoons of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil, a concentrated extract of a type of fat found in palm and coconut oils. Stir everything together and voila! Breakfast is served. (Yes, this counts as a full meal — and here’s why you should never drink regular coffee on an empty stomach.)
It’s easy to see why there is so much buzz about this buttery drink. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MCTs are metabolized quickly, making them an effective weight loss tool. In addition, grass-fed butter is high in omega-3 fatty acids, whose anti-inflammatory properties may improve gut health, brain function and energy levels, although not everyone likes the idea. For example, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting your intake of saturated fat to about 13 grams per day; bulletproof coffee has more than 27 grams – more than twice the value of a full day. Getting too much saturated fat can raise your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease, the AHA points out. And just so you know, a cup of tea will set you back 360 calories.
Despite the potential downside, some health experts cite the benefits of this trendy trick. “Bulletproof coffee is a combination of specific healthy fats such as medium-chain triglycerides, which are known to improve fat burning by converting them into ketones, and high-quality coffee beans, which are free of fungal toxins. The presence of ketones can suppress ghrelin, the hunger hormone, while also keeping the body in a fasting state. Basically, one can drink Bulletproof coffee during intermittent fasting and stay ‘fast’ because it doesn’t make insulin,” says Michelle Shapirord.
Nevertheless, Java drinkers should approach this with caution: the potential for this new addition to your morning cup of joe could backfire. Bulletproof coffee adds a lot of high-fat calories. If the rest of your day doesn’t balance out the greasy start, you may be consuming too many calories for the day. In other words, don’t completely ditch your other healthy eating habits just yet, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
If you want to try it, check out the best MCT oils recommended by experts.