Coffee, butter, coconut oil. We know they’re all good for us. Coffee keeps us active and helps concentration, butter has been discovered as being good for the heart and is rich in vitamin K12, and coconut oil increases metabolism and digestion. But what if we combined all three? Trending all over the US and even abroad, this seemingly crazy combination is a highly debated health fad.
Dave Asprey, whose website outlines his discovery of buttered coffee on a trip to Tibet and his subsequent invention of Bulletproof Coffee, claims that it can make you feel lean, focused, and energized. Should you try this? Read this, before you sip:
Replacing Breakfast Is A Bad Idea
Asprey suggests you replace your breakfast with a cup of Bulletproof Coffee, because having it first thing in the morning means you’re programming your body to burn fat for energy all day long. But by replacing breakfast, you’re essentially eliminating a vital source of your nutritional intake, in fact, one-third of it. Even though Bulletproof Coffee may contain small amounts of nutrients, it can’t make up for what you get from oatmeal, fruit and eggs. Add to that the dangerous possibility of binge-eating on lunch, which will technically be your first solid meal of the day.
Too Much Of A Good Thing
Recent research says that saturated fats are not completely bad for you. But is it wise to be ingesting such large amounts of it all at once? Just as fructose is good when it comes from eating whole, fiber-rich fruit, and not when it is consumed in massive amounts from refined sugars, unnaturally large doses of saturated fats are unhealthy and can cause elevated cholesterol levels. Similarly, humans did not evolve eating, or in this case drinking, such large amounts of saturated fats. Moreover, there haven’t been enough tests done on people who drink Bulletproof Coffee, to know what happens to them in the long run. If you decide to join the club, you are on your own here.
Magic Beans Or Magic Marketing?
We are a nation obsessed with quick-fix weight loss, and Asprey’s ‘magic beans’ make big promises. He’s right when he says that coffee is good for you, and nutritionists are now recommending up to five cups a day. He’s definitely on the money when he says grass-fed butter is better than butter from grain-fed animals, because the latter has a different fat composition, doesn’t taste as good, and lacks fat-soluble vitamins. And we totally agree when he advocates using coconut oil for its unique combination of fatty acids and powerful medicinal properties. But what he’s also saying is that unless you buy his brand of coffee beans and his MCT oil, drinking buttered coffee probably won’t be as effective. We’re not entirely convinced about that.
Essentially, you need to figure out whether following a fad will make you healthier and happier. While choosing to add butter to your coffee might be a tasty experiment worth trying, we recommend regular exercise, fresh food and positive thinking, for effective weight loss.