I wish I could tell you how healthy fat, specifically butter, got such a bad wrap, but I’m sure glad that modern science has since corrected this rumor (I’m assuming margarine spread it😜). Healthy fats help make us strong, lean, and vibrant, and this has so many people replacing their lattes for Bulletproof coffee in the am. I thought it would be helpful for those of you on the fence about trying Bulletproof coffee, or wondering what it even is, to explain in-depth why it’s in-fact, bulletproof.👊
Bulletproof coffee contains three key ingredients: Coffee (obviously), MCT oil, and Ghee or Grass-Fed Butter. Essentially, it’s a coffee drink loaded with healthy fats to create a frothy, oh so satisfying, and nourishing combo. Although the concept has been around for centuries, we can thank the CEO and founder of Bulletproof, Dave Asprey, for bringing this to the masses (side note: Dave lost 100lbs after discovering this trend for himself while traveling in Tibet!) I encourage you to read more on this guy because his story is pretty freaking awesome.
Before I go any further, I’d like to point our that of course, this drink is not for everyone. “It’s an extra 200-300 calories, so it has to replace some food or another caloric beverage, otherwise, you would gain an extra 20 to 30 pounds each year by having a cup per day” Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., research associate at The New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospitals. Consider your diet and lifestyle and do your own research. I’ve linked a few arguments for and against at the bottom of this post!
I know this sounds like something you’d put in your car when it’s low on coolant, but it’s actually an oil extracted from coconut or palm kernel oil, that only has the MCTs, or medium-chain triglycerides.
Why MCT oil?
Now I know you’re thinking… what in the world are MCTs?! It’s just a fancy name for a type of saturated fat that is actually seriously lacking in typical diets today. This type of fat is easier to digest than other fat’s and because of this, your body is able to send the MCT’s straight to your liver, where they raise your metabolism and are stored as fuel instead of being stored as fat. If this doesn’t sound crazy enough, these MCT’s are basically mini badass’s because they increase your energy, improve cognitive and neurological function, diminish fat storage, and make you feel fuller, longer.
I’m going to be honest with you, I had never even heard the term “ghee” until about 6 months ago when the “ghee craze” hit the food blogging community. I’m sure a few of you had been using it long before it blew up, but for the majority of us, we were left wondering what in the world ghee even was?
Ghee is a form of clarified butter, basically meaning, it’s been stripped of the water and milk fats found in butter, making it great for people who are sensitive to lactose or casein. Plus, it has a much higher smoke point-similar to coconut oil.
Now, why is ghee better than butter? Here’s where those fancy MCT’s come in again (Hopefully you’ve been paying attention 😜). Ghee contains more medium chain fatty acids, which like I mentioned above, the body burns differently than other types of fat.
Ghee is loaded with fat soluble vitamins A, D and E. This means that your body will have an easier time absorbing these vitamins since fat is necessary for your body to be able to absorb these nutrients. Really anyone would benefit from this healthy dose of vitamins, but particularly people who have known gluten sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome, IBS, Crohn’s or certain pancreatic disorders probably aren’t absorbing enough vitamin A. Ghee is also high in vitamin K2 (another fat-soluble vitamin…I’m tellin’ ya.. fat is our friend!). K2 doesn’t get enough credit because somewhere down the line, someone decided to name calcium as the ultimate bone builder. However, I’m here to clarify (hehe.. butter joke) that recent studies show that vitamin K builds bones BETTER than calcium. Here’s the real shocker, K2 helps protect against the hardening of the arteries due to BAD fat build up. So basically we’ve been told to run and hide when we see a stick of butter, but in fact clarified butter contains a vitamin vital to protecting our arteries. Ghee is also believed to actually help attract other types of fats and remove toxins that are traditionally difficult to eliminate by jumpstarting our digestive systems.
Ready to try Bulletproof?
1. Boil 1 cup filtered water.
2. Use the water to brew strong black coffee from 2 1/2 heaping Tbsp of freshly ground coffee beans.
3. Add 1 tsp MCT oil
4. Add 1 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter or ghee
5. Mix in a blender for at least 20 seconds, until it’s creamy and no oil sits on the surface.
Add Vital Proteins, Collegen Peptides to give it a 20g protein kick!
Add a dash of Cinnamon, or transformative foods like cacao or ashwagandha!
& As promised:
Sincerely Sick of Chemicals,