The Good and Bad of Bulletproof Coffee

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It seems like Bulletproof Coffee is all the rage right now, not only in the world of Paleo, but it is even becoming more mainstream.  For those that have not heard of Bulletproof Coffee, just wait, it is only a matter of time before you can find it in your grocery's coffee aisle.

Bulletproof Coffee is basically coffee taken to the next level:

     2 cup of coffee
     2 tablespoons (or more) of grass-fed, unsalted butter
     1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil
     Mix in a blender and enjoy.

While it may seem to some without having Bulletproof Coffee that it seems like a whole lot of fat added to coffee.  Well, basically it is, but the fat that is added is good for you fat.  However, despite the healthy aspects of this new trend, there are also bad aspects to it as well.

The Good

1.  Adds good fats to your diet.

The addition of grass-fed butter and MCT oil is a great way to increase your healthy fat intake, particularly Saturate fat, which is key to those that are following the Keto way of eating or other high fat plans.  

2.  Increase in energy.

For those that need a caffeine fix or want to boost their metabolism, drinking Bulletproof Coffee will do just that.  When you are following a low carb or Keto way of eating, boosting your metabolism will, in turn, help to burn fat, thus resulting in weight loss.

3.  Meal replacement.

Bulletproof Coffee is typically used as a meal replacement, particularly breakfast.  This is a bonus for those that are running out the door and need a "grab and go" type of energy boost.  The amount of fat that is in Bulletproof Coffee will also help you to feel fuller longer.  

The Bad

1.  Possibly Too Much Saturated Fat Intake.

Even though the inc;rease of fat, in particularly saturated fat, is, to a certain extent, good for you, the amount of saturate fat that you consume, plus the amount that is in Bulletproof Coffee, can exceed the limit of what you intake daily.  

2.  Possible Elevated Cholesterol Levels.

There have been some studies that show that the consumption of Bulletproof Coffee has increased cholesterol levels, particularly the triglyceride levels.  This increase can be unsafe for those that have been directed by their doctors to lower their cholesterol levels.

3.  Replacing Breakfast.

Replacing breakfast, which is one of the most important meals of the day, with a cup of Bulletproof Coffee (something that you are supposed to do as it is touted as a meal replacement drink) is possibly unhealthy due to the lack of nutrients in Bulletproof Coffee.  Bulletproof Coffee, when made using the above recipe, contains:
  • 1 gram of protein
  • 0 grams of fiber
  • Less than 10% of the RDA for Vitamin A, B2 and B5
So as you can see, the nutritional content of Bulletproof Coffee is extremely low in terms of the nutritional value of a healthy breakfast consisting of something similar to eggs and bacon.

Are You Going to Try Bulletproof Coffee?

Given just some of the good and bad aspects of Bulletproof Coffee, there is possibly more good than bad in terms of those that should be drinking it - particularly those that are following a Keto way of eating, as it may cause an increase in weight loss (which who doesn't want that?).

However, I also believe that it is up to each individual to chose if Bulletproof Coffee should be a part of your way of eating.

If you have tried or currently drink Bulletproof Coffee, what are your thoughts and has it helped you in any way?  

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  1. I didn't start drinking coffee until my early 30's (I'm 32, haha) but this doesn't really appeal to me at all. Have you tried it? I have heard of people adding coconut oil to their coffee and they were also not fans of it. Very interesting read though! I wouldn't have ever thought to put butter in my coffee.

  2. I don't think you could pay me to drink that! Ha! And I love coffee. But I drink it black with nothing added. I'd prefer to eat a teaspoon of butter by itself than add it to my coffee!!


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