What is Butter Coffee and Why is it Good for You?
While most people add cream, milk, or sugar to their coffee, there’s a strange trend going around that could just change the way we drink coffee forever.
People are now adding butter--yes, the same thing you spread on your toast--to their cup of Joe to create a concoction called “Bulletproof Coffee.” The unique blend contains black coffee (nothing special, the usual French Pressed black coffee works fine), butter from grass-fed cows, and something called "Brain Octane oil," an 8-carbon fraction of medium-chain triglyceride oil. It’s a blend claimed to give your ordinary cup of coffee an extra kick of healthy goodness.
American entrepreneur and "biohacker" Dave Asprey first introduced the idea in his blog back in 2009. Asprey was inspired by his travels to Tibet and experience of drinking yak-butter tea, and claims that Bulletproof Coffee can improve cognitive performance and even support weight loss. Today, the coffee blend is popular among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and athletes, who swear by its performance boosting benefits
Curious? Let’s take a look at the claimed benefits of Bulletproof Coffee.
Who doesn’t love anything that says it can help you lose a few pounds? Bulletproof coffee, combined with Asprey’s fad Bulletproof Diet, is claimed to help you several in a few weeks.
Although this coffee blend’s ingredients would make you think otherwise, the idea of the program revolves around how your body instantly uses the fats in the coffee as energy. Those who drink bulletproof coffee to lose weight advised drink it as a main breakfast item, which supposedly controls hunger pangs and keeps the person feeling full until the next meal or snack. In turn, this keeps you from overeating and craving for a greasy, sugary doughnut in the middle of the day.
Keeps Your Brain Healthy
Bulletproof Coffee contains multiple ‘healthy’ fats, specifically Omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep your brain and mind healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to help minimize depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease. Omega-3 fatty acids also play an important role in supporting the health of pregnant and nursing women, as well as the development of a newborn’s nervous system.
Coffee, in general, has been found to protect the brain from age-related cognitive illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Of course, too much of a good thing is always bad for you. Indeed, drinking large amounts of caffeine can make you jittery, worsen your anxiety, and cause insomnia.
Reduce Caffeine Sensitivity and Acidic Effects of Coffee
As much as they love coffee, many coffee drinkers end up feeling uncomfortable after just one cup. Many people get the jitters and feel jumpy after drinking a cup of coffee on an empty stomach. Others feel unsettled and queasy because coffee is too acidic of a beverage to drink first thing in the morning.
Adding a pat of butter to your brew is claimed to reduce these effects, as the fat lines the stomach and minimizes the feeling of nausea and shakes. Flavor wise, Bulletproof Coffee has a creamy, latte-like texture without the need to add too much milk, which can cause discomfort and queasiness.
Although most people are usually taken aback by the thought of adding such an unusual ingredient to their usual cup of coffee in the morning, there really is no harm in trying. Make a single serving of coffee so as not to waste any if you find that Bulletproof Coffee is not your thing. If however, you enjoy it, remember to drink in moderation.
To understand more about Bulletproof Coffee, check out Dave Asprey’s blog.