Move over Starbucks! The newest coffee craze to hit the nutrition world is bulletproof coffee, a caffeinated concoction of black coffee, grass-fed butter, and coconut or MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil. Instead of eating a typical breakfast each day, BCP devotees have sworn by this new drink to start their mornings off right. Particularly popular with the low-carb and Paleo crowd, bulletproof coffee has been said to ward off hunger, prevent an energy crash, and even improve mental focus and encourage weight loss. So should this be your new coffee order?
Probably not for every day! One main concern over swapping your cereal for a cuppa BPC is that you’re losing out on the other important nutrients supplied by a typical breakfast. In the article, a typical serving of bulletproof coffee (defined as 2 cups black coffee, 2 tablespoons MCT oil, and 2 tablespoons of butter) provides an estimated 440 calories and 51g of fat, 80% of which are saturated fats. It also provides less than 10% of the RDA for micronutrients, with the exception of vitamin A, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid. In comparison to a typical breakfast that is usually high in protein, fiber, and other important micronutrients, BPC may not start your day in the most nutritious way.
Another main concern is the high fat content. There is no current research on bulletproof coffee, but there have been recent reports by physicians who have seen their patient’s cholesterol levels drastically change while drinking BPC. One doctor found that his otherwise healthy patient’s LDL and ApoB levels (predictors of cardiovascular disease) skyrocketed into risky territory after his patient adapted BPC into his daily diet. Patients who have cholesterol concerns or other CVD risk factors should probably err on the side of caution and first discuss with their dietitian or doctor. More research is definitely warranted with this new drink!
Have you tried bulletproof coffee? What did you think?
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