“Bulletproof coffee” is quite the buzzword these days. It does not actually make you bulletproof, but evangelists of the beverage claim that you feel so good after drinking the stuff that you think you are. Bulletproof coffee is essentially coffee combined with butter or coconut oil, but the real deal goes a little deeper than that.
The history of bulletproof coffee starts with bio-hacker and entrepreneur Dave Asprey. It seems that on a hiking trip in Tibet, Dave discovered yak butter tea and decided that coffee tasted much better when blended with yak butter. So he brought the mix to the states with a few twists and tweaks.
While many claim that their grandmothers used a dollop of butter in their coffee in place of cream or milk, bulletproof coffee does not rely on any old bag of beans and butter. The coffee used to brew the drink must be low-mold, and the butter should be grass-fed. Grass-fed butter is reportedly higher in nutrients – including Omega 3s and vitamins – than its bargain counterparts and contains easily digestible fats.
The theory of adding butter and oil to coffee is that the combination provides benefits that are not found in your typical cup of joe. By replacing a typical breakfast with a cup of bulletproof coffee, you can promote weight loss, suppress appetite, and improve mental clarity.
Butter is low in lactose so it is usually safe for people who are lactose intolerant to enjoy a cup of bulletproof coffee. For those on a vegan diet, it is usually recommended to replace the butter with a dairy-free fat, like coconut cream or oil. Some people say that because bulletproof coffee lacks carbs, which are brain food, it probably is not a magic bullet. It is also high in saturated fat, which is another concern for health experts and dietitians.
Even health experts who recommend bulletproof coffee to their clients caution that it lacks a lot of nutrients, so it is important that you eat other meals and take nutritional supplements to offset the lack of nutritional value found in bulletproof coffee.
If you have tried to make your own bulletproof coffee, you might have noticed that the coffee was bitter and oily. It turns out that the ingredients you use are a key part of making bulletproof coffee. Special beans, special butter, and a special blender ensure that everything combines nicely for a smooth result.