I tell them it’s called Bulletproof Coffee (devised by Dave Asprey, the bulletproof coffee man). “Does bulletproof coffee taste good?”, I get asked. Absolutely! It tastes the same as if you put cream in your coffee (proper cream I mean, none of the processed creamer powder stuff that seems quite popular these days).
If you want to jump straight to a set of instructions on how to make Bulletproof Coffee go here.
“Why do you put butter in your coffee?” is the next question asked.
Well let me tell you…
But first, the specifics of what Bulletproof coffee is:
- Freshly brewed mold free coffee (I do use actual Bulletproof coffee beans… and it tastes amazing and it doesn’t give you that coffee head fog you sometimes get with other coffee.
- Unsalted butter from grass fed cows. Grass fed butter is important.
- Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) oil.
Mold free coffee?
Mold toxins effect cognitive performance and it has been found that it is these that can give you that post coffee crash. The Bulletproof coffee beans are slightly more expensive than other brands but it is quality and you can taste the difference… and it does not give you that coffee crash. And if you drink bulletproof coffee as part of your daily nutritional intake as I do, you only want the best ingredients. If I can find the same quality cheaper I will update this article.
Note for the decaff drinkers: decaff coffee is more susceptible to mold because acts as a natural antifungal agent. Without caffeine the beans are left defenseless to mold.
Grass fed butter?
Saturated fat and cholesterol are the building blocks of all our hormones. I know what you are thinking; consuming saturated fat goes against everything we’ve been told. There’s a whole massive industry been built on the back of the “low fat” diet. Fat is bad for us, right? Well actually no it’s not. The low fat diet was built upon flawed and manipulated science data. Remember fat doesn’t make us fat or give us high cholesterol. Sugar and refined carbs are the culprits.
Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar. There is another hormone called leptin that controls insulin. Leptin plays a significant part in weight management by regulating energy expenditure, appetite and movement. It is also responsible for sending the “stop eating” message to the brain when you’ve eaten enough to meet your body’s energy demands.
Leptin is produced from fat cells. When you are overweight you produce an overabundance of leptin and become leptin resistant. What happens is that your brain becomes bombarded with leptin and doesn’t receive the signal to stop eating when the stomach is full. It doesn’t take much thought to realise that this is a recipe for an overeating disaster as the issue self perpetuates.
Leptin resistance is also predictive of insulin resistance which means that leptin may play a part in controlling insulin sensitivity. As you may be aware, insulin sensitivity leads to to type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Consuming a lot of our nemesis fructose is a major contributor to leptin resistance. Fructose increases triglyceride levels which in turn inhibits leptin reaching the brain to inhibit hunger.
Therefore, as I’ve discussed before fructose levels need to be reduced significantly in order to maintain a healthy weight.
So: Back to the butter
Butter is a saturated fat that is nutritious and is an energy source that keeps your brain and body functioning at maximum capacity. Fat is the building block of healthy cell walls and hormones. A large portion of our brain is made up of fat and requires fat to function. You could deduce that low fat diets actually starve our brains.
Fat is a long burning fuel for our mind and body and consuming clean fats such as grass fed butter, grass fed animal fat, coconut oil and avocado’s for instance are all good at giving you long duration energy.
These good fats also satiate your appetite for longer therefore you are less likely to snack. These fats allow leptin to work correctly and signals the brain that you are full… and feel full for longer. The more you can do this the less likely you are to crave fructose based snacks and in time you can get your insulin and leptin hormones working correctly again which in turn will allow you lose visceral body fat.
But why grass fed?
Simple really, cows that are eating grass are eating naturally . Confined cows are eating nutritionally devoid grains. Grass-fed butter contains a lot more Omega-3 fatty acids and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which are both very beneficial for health. CLA is associated with reduced body fat and some other beneficial effects.
This is a liquid coconut oil extract that is made up of medium and short chain triglycerides (fats).
MCT oil improves insulin sensitivity, improves your metabolism (especially the fat metabolism) and may improve appetite regulation and is used to treat many chronic ailments. It feels like rocket fuel for your brain and body.
One Bulletproof Coffee is my breakfast; I don’t eat anything else for breakfast because the coffee fills me up. Because of the long energy burn from the butter and the MCT oil I don’t feel hungry until after lunchtime so I’m essentially eating less (well less none nutricious foods!).
Step by step instructions on how I make Bulletproof Coffee
The Aeropress and the Porlex grinder can be purchased via my Store.
Bulletproof products can be bought from Evolution Organics.
Please leave a comment below if you’ve tried butter coffee and say what you think of it.
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