Taking your coffee to the next level? I like the sound of that 😉 Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof Coffee, has discovered a way to upgrade a regular cup of coffee.
What is Bulletproof Coffee anyway and what does it do?
Bulletproof coffee involves blending 2.5 tbsp of ground coffee, 1-2 tbsp of Brain Octane Oil (can start low if new to it at 1tsp and work up to more) and 1-2 tbsp of Grass-Fed Unsalted Butter. The latter would not clear my fellow vegan friends’ diets so I found information from other online posts suggested doing full parts MCT/Quality Coconut Oil instead of the butter.
Through adding healthy fats into good quality coffee, energy and mental focus can be enhanced. In addition, the coffee with the added fats can help lead to a feeling of satiety (feeling full) and can also boost metabolism.
Looking back to the ingredient list.. what is this fancy Brain Octane substance?
When reading through the differences between Braine Octain and MCT Oil it discussed how Brain Octane is a specific type of MCT that is rapidly converted into ketones that support the energy needs of the body and brain. (Ketones have been shown to suppress the hunger hormone gherkin and increase CCK leading to a feeling of satiety (fullness) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25402637 .)
Nowadays, I am consistently hearing about the Ketogenic Diet and its fat burning benefits in the health world. Ketones have been shown to increase metabolic rate, decrease fat storage and burn fat from fat stores (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7072620 & https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27188898)
Although all of this sounds promising, some people have been refuting the potential benefits of Bulletproof Coffee. Ideally, it would essentially replace breakfast, and people are mentioning the nutrient loss of a whole meal (breakfast) and how it will be detrimental to ones diet in terms of lack of nutrients. Previously I have read about The Breakfast Myth has been “over-hyped” for years. The old research, stating breakfast as the most important meal of the day, which has been brought back and reviewed revealed some of the research being funded by breakfast cereal companies (ding ding red flag). I don’t want to get too off topic here but check out Rudy Mawer‘s post on the topic at http://rudymawer.com/blog/the-breakfast-myth-heres-the-truth/. Backed up by research – this article has definitely opened my eyes to possible benefits of Intermittent Fasting and Ketogenic Diets.
Back to Coffee — For those who don’t know if coffee is even a good option —
After travelling to Italy this past summer, I developed a love for coffee and its rich taste, so I drink it black with no sweeteners incorporating it into my morning routine to get me going. Although coffee has had its fair-share of arguments on wether it is beneficial or a risk, if you like drinking coffee, I’d say give this Bulletproof coffee concept a shot and see how you feel! — for more information on the coffee benefit vs risk topic check out http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/is-coffee-good-or-bad-for-you/ outlining possible benefits or dangers backed up by research.
!! Take Home Message on Bulletproof Coffee !!
Everyone is different and some people thrive off higher amounts of fats while others may not. Personally, after trying out the concept of Bulletproof Coffee I experienced greater mental clarity and felt fuelled with determination to tackle the day. Hence, try it out for yourself and see how it works for you!
Where more information on Dave Asprey’s bulletproof coffee can be found— http://www.bulletproof.com/
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