The buzz about the bulletproof coffee
American entrepreneur Dave Asprey, while on a trek in Tibet, hit upon an idea that his name is now synonymous with. He found that their special yak butter tea was not just delicious, it pumped up metabolism, regulated body temperature and kept him sated for long periods of time. Based on this concept, he created his trademark Bulletproof Coffee: a blend of strong brew, grass-fed butter and MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil. The Juice spoke to two people, who gave this breakfast substitute-superdrink a go:
“I’ve been drinking Bulletproof Coffee in place of breakfast on and off for about a year now. I started with butter and coconut oil but didn’t like my morning drink smelling like a tropical cocktail so I switched to 2 tbsp of MCT oil blended with freshly brewed, single-origin coffee. I found that I had more energy through the day. It didn’t make me jittery and I didn’t get the tummy cramps that I’d often get with milky lattes. People said that my skin looked more radiant. I lost almost 2 kilos in a little over a month. It’s really helped me and is too delicious to pass up.”
“I tried Bulletproof Coffee for a month and used cow’s milk ghee and coffee from Coorg, and loved the taste. But my stomach would hurt as soon as I drank it and I had issues with acidity and inflammation. So I swapped the coffee for tea [with ghee] and felt better, but it would still give me cramps, so I stopped. While it’s supposed to stave off hunger, I didn’t feel less hungry and would often rummage though the cupboards and fridge for food soon after. I suspect caffeine in the morning on an empty stomach doesn’t work for me.”
Keep in Mind:
- Your body will take a while to adjust to the fats. It’s advisable to start with 1 tsp of coconut oil or butter and work your way up gradually to 2 tbsp.
- Have your lipid profile checked before starting the BP coffee. If your LDL (bad cholesterol) is on the higher side, check with a doctor before getting on this high-calorie beverage.
Bulletproof coffee with a twist:
- Try ghee instead of butter and MCT oil instead of cold-pressed coconut oil.
- You can add stevia to sweeten your coffee once in a while.
- Sprinkle cinnamon powder or vanilla extract for flavour.