The health benefits of bullet proof coffee
Pair coffee with butter, and get…a superfood? Known commonly as “bullet proof coffee,” this interesting combination has generated a lot of interest since entrepreneur Dave Asprey began popularizing the beverage he had while climbing in Tibet, a creamy coffee prepared with yak butter. The process has actually been around for centuries, and research indicates that it can be a healthful addition to your diet, with some powerful effects on your system.
Bullet Proof Basics
The recipe for bullet proof typically includes a blend of freshly ground and brewed coffee, blended with grass fed butter and MCT oil. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. Consumption of MCTs, which are found in a number of natural foods, including coconut oil, are believed to aid the body in releasing adipose (aka fat) tissue. MCTs require less energy to digest than other fats, while butter sourced from grass-fed cows supplies offers greater levels of both omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids (similar to that of fatty fish, like salmon).
If you consume bullet proof coffee on an empty stomach, in lieu of breakfast, it can supply for body with a number of nutrients, fats, and calories, without requiring significant digestive effort from your body, leaving your with greater energy reserves.
So, why not cream instead of butter? Grass-fed butter provides your body with more butyric acid. This nutrient is a short-chain fatty acid with anti-inflammatory traits. Plus, butter added to your morning cup of Joe can also supplement your system with vitamins, including A, D, and K2, without any of the sugars naturally present in cream.
Variations to Super Charge Your Cup
While some proponents of bullet proof coffee swear by the weight loss effects that consuming a serving on an empty stomach can provide, others use the recipe as a foundation for a super charged breakfast that involves other nutrient rich ingredients.
To try an extra potent drink that will provide additional carbohydrates, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, try blending your fresh coffee with coconut oil and/or cacao. Coconut oil preserves its anti-inflammatory effects at high temperatures, which makes it a natural fit for blending with hot coffee. It also contains naturally occurring MCTs, plus a naturally present flavor and creamy texture when blended.
For a sweet treat, add cacao with a natural sugar, like honey, which also contains anti-angiogenesis, cancer-fighting properties. Cacao, while far more bitter than most commercially available chocolate, is a true superfood. With over 300 phytochemicals that provide a range of benefits, cacao can add a delicious, and nutritious boost to your next coffee drink.
Bullet proof coffee, prepared in its pure state or with additional flavor and health enhancing additions, can be a great supplement to a mindful, nutritious diet.