It might sound strange — and downright gross — but wellness experts are praising this buttery drink.
When you’re looking for ways to make your coffee habit healthier, stirring it in a dollop of butter might not be the first thing that springs to mind. But according to many loyal enthusiasts, this surprising trick can do wonders for your health — and even slim your waistline.
Lo and behold: Bulletproof Coffee, the trending weight loss drink that’s taking over the internet. The recipe calls for two cups of high-quality, single-brew coffee, at least two tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter, and one to two tablespoons of MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil, a concentrated extract of a type of fat found in palm and coconut oils. Mix everything together and voila! Breakfast is served. (Yes, this counts as a full meal—and that’s why you should never drink plain coffee on an empty stomach.)
It’s easy to see why this buttery drink is garnering so much attention. According to a study in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MCTs are rapidly metabolized, making them an effective weight loss tool. Also, grass-fed butter is high in omega-3 fatty acids, whose anti-inflammatory properties can improve gut health, brain function, and energy levels, although not everyone loves the idea. For example, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting saturated fat intake to about 13 grams per day; Bulletproof Coffee has over 27 grams – more than double a full day’s worth. Eating too much saturated fat could increase your cholesterol and risk of heart disease, the AHA points out. And just so you know, a cup of coffee will cost you 360 calories.
Despite the potential downside, some health experts are touting the benefits of this trendy trick. “Bulletproof Coffee is a combination of specific healthy fats like medium-chain triglycerides, which are known to improve fat burning by converting them into ketones, and high-quality coffee beans that are free of mold toxins. The presence of ketones can suppress ghrelin, the hunger hormone, while keeping the body in a sober state. In short, you can drink bulletproof coffee during intermittent fasting and “fast” because it doesn’t produce insulin,” he says Michelle ShapiroRD.
That said, Java drinkers should approach this with caution: the potential for this new addition to your morning cup of coffee could backfire. Bulletproof Coffee adds a lot of high-fat calories. If the rest of the day doesn’t make up for the fat start, you may be consuming too many calories for the day. In other words, don’t discard your other healthy eating habits just yet — especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
If you want to give it a try, check out the best MCT oils, recommended by experts.