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Bulletproof Coffee: Is it Worth the Hype?

Posted by Heather N. on March 24, 2017
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Among coffee drinkers, bulletproof coffee is gaining in popularity. Believers feel it is the most energizing cup of coffee you've ever had. Interestingly, one of the main ingredients is butter. A coffee that contains butter? Wait...what? By now, everyone has caught up to the reality that butter and saturated fats aren't unhealthy as they were once said to be. All three have been demonized which has led to the "fat-free" and "low-fat" craze that eventually made America sick and overweight. However, if you're going to sit back and eat a stick of butter, well that's not a good thing either. As the saying goes, 'Everything in Moderation.'

When you see the words "fat-free" and "low-fat" just imagine a chemical crap storm because there is nothing healthy or natural about the way companies go about removing natural fats from a product and then add in junk to compensate for the loss of flavor. Trust me; it's better to eat the real thing.


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So, What's The Bulletproof Coffee Craze All About?

bulletproof coffee hype.jpgBulletproof coffee is meant to replace your regular breakfast and is said to be effective for weight loss. It consists of:
  • 2 Cups of coffee
  • 2 tablespoons or more of grass fed unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of MTC oil
  • Blend and drink
So, let's break this down: 2 cups of coffee is a bit much for most people to gulp down first thing in the morning. It's double the caffeine content they might be used to and almost zero nutritional value.

Then you have 2 tablespoons of MCT oil which consist of a highly processed oil which is meant for those who cannot process or digest fats that well. The amount of MCT oil recommended for the bulletproof coffee equals 260 calories and 28 grams of fat of which 70% is saturated, and with no other nutritional value.

Lastly, there's your unsalted grass fed butter, 2 tablespoons or more, to be exact. This butter contains 200 calories for the 2 tablespoons, 24 grams of fat which 66% is saturated. Also, the serving contains 60 mg of cholesterol and no other nutrients such as carbs or fiber.

Yes, I know that it's a common part of the keto diet and can be super effective in shedding weight, but think about all the nutrition it's lacking.

 

Should You Replace Your Breakfast With Bulletproof Coffee?


Any dietician or nutritionist with a brain would tell you flat out "no"! That's because this coffee does not provide you with everything your body needs, especially if you exercise regularly and are used to eating 3 meals per day.

There are no carbs for energy, there is only 1 gram of protein which is much needed to prevent muscle wasting as you exercise, and though there is an abundance of fat, they aren't all the good types that are essential for our health.

Let's make a comparison here: If you eat a healthy breakfast that consists of 2 eggs, whole grain toast, 1 piece of fruit, and maybe a slice or 2 of bacon, then you are absolutely getting a good and healthy mix of omega 3's, complete proteins, complex carbohydrates which are much needed for energy and to prevent your body from digging into your protein stores during exercise.

You're also getting a load of vitamins, minerals, and fiber which is so important for proper and healthy digestion. That's everything your body needs to get going in the morning compared to a cup of caffeine, overly processed fats from the MCT oil, and empty calories. On occassion, a cup of bulletproof coffee might do the trick but it shouldn't be viewed as a replacement for breakfast each day.
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