Bulletproof coffee (or butter coffee) is said to boost energy, sharpen focus and promote weight loss, but is the beverage actually healthy?
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We get it if coffee’s your main motivation for getting out of bed in the morning. While many of us share a passion for java, how we take our coffee can look completely different. Some like it straight up; others swear by syrups; there are those who require creamer. And still, some believe in the powers of Bulletproof coffee.
Below, we explain everything you need to know about Bulletproof coffee, including what it is and whether you should make it a part of your mornings, according to registered dietitians.
What Is Bulletproof Coffee?
Popularized by Bulletproof Diet creator Dave Asprey in 2011, Bulletproof coffee is made from brewed coffee, grass-fed butter or ghee and medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil that all get blended together to create a keto-friendly beverage.
Because the Bulletproof eating pattern fuses intermittent fasting with the ketogenic diet, its backbone, Bulletproof coffee, is meant to replace a morning meal.
According to the Bulletproof website, the buzzy beverage’s key ingredients — MCT oil and either grass-fed butter or ghee — are its secret sauce. Why? “MCT oils are easily digested and absorbed due to their unique chemical structure,” explains Anya Rosen, RD, IFNCP, registered dietitian, functional medicine practitioner and founder of the Birchwell Clinic.
Allow us to explain: The fats found in our food can be made up of short, medium and long-chains of fatty acids. Long-chain fatty acids are, not surprisingly, larger. As a result, they undergo a number of steps during digestion, including getting broken down, repackaged and then transported through the lymphatic system before hitting our bloodstream.
The body handles medium-chain triglycerides differently. “MCTs are able to travel directly to the liver, which fast-tracks the body’s ability to utilize them for energy,”…