One of the questions that anyone new to the coffee world asks is, “What is bulletproof coffee?” Stick around to find out.
Bulletproof coffee, also known as butter coffee, is a high-caloric and high-fat coffee drink intended to replace a high-carb breakfast. I first discovered bulletproof coffee while researching the bulletproof diet a few months ago. The idea of coffee and butter intrigued me, and being a curious, ardent coffee drinker, I decided to try out this breakfast option for a few days. This was, of course, after I extensively researched coffee and learned more about it.
If you’re unfamiliar with bulletproof coffee and are wondering what this coffee is, this article is for you. From this post, you’ll learn about the contents of bulletproof coffee, how to prepare it at home, its nutritional information, its taste, and its benefits, so keep reading to learn more.
What is in bulletproof coffee (ingredients)?
Bulletproof coffee is typically made with coffee, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil/ medium-chain fatty acids, and unsalted grass-fed butter. This coffee generally uses 28g or 2 tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter, 470ml or 2 cups of coffee, and 15-30ml or 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil. All these ingredients are mixed in a blender and mixed thoroughly.
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) or medium-chain fatty acids are a kind of fat naturally found in oils like palm kernel or coconut oil. Sometimes, lemon juice is added to the coffee to aid in weight loss. Ghee is a common type of unsalted butter used in this coffee.
How can I make bulletproof coffee at home?
To prepare bulletproof coffee at home, you’ll need a blender and the following ingredients;
- 12fl oz. of coffee.
- 1 tablespoon of Medium-Chain Triglyceride oil.
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter (preferably ghee).
- A pinch of pink salt for flavor (optional).
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon for taste (optional).
To prepare bulletproof coffee, brew the coffee as you usually would, and into the blender, pour coffee, MCT oil, and unsalted butter. Then, if you choose to, add salt and cinnamon and blend the mixture thoroughly until smooth. Serve hot, and enjoy. This recipe yields one serving. Therefore, you can tweak the ingredient measurements to meet your needs.
MCT oil being liquid at room temperature and colorless and odorless makes mixing it into the coffee seamless. Besides pink salt and ground cinnamon, there are other add-ins you can include, and are also optional.
These add-ins bring out exciting and enjoyable flavors in your coffee and offer additional nutrients. They include; collagen peptides, unsweetened cocoa powder, Agave nectar or stevia for sweetness, or protein powders. Feel free to make other modifications you’d like to your bulletproof coffee.
What is the nutritional information for bulletproof coffee?
The nutritional information for a cup (279g) of bulletproof coffee is as follows; 327 calories, 37g of total fat, which is 57% of the % daily value, 26g of saturated fat, which is 130% of the % daily value, 61mg of cholesterol which is 20% of the % daily value, 187mg of sodium which is 8% of the % daily value, 166mg of potassium which is 5% of the daily percentage value, 0.9g of trans fat, 1.1g of polyunsaturated fat, 6.9g of monosaturated fat, 0g of total carbs, 0g of dietary fiber, 0g of sugars, 0.5g of proteins, 0mcg of vitamin D, 12mg of calcium, 0mg of iron and 94.7mg of caffeine.
1% of the calories in bulletproof coffee are from proteins, 0% are from carbs, and 99% of all the calories in bulletproof coffee are from fat. The % daily value lets you know the amount a nutrient contributes to a daily diet per serving.
The values discussed above are based on a daily diet of 2000 calories, which is the standard for nutrition advice. Also, note these values are for the standard bulletproof coffee; therefore, if the coffee is customized, the nutritional values will change.
What does bulletproof coffee taste like?
Bulletproof coffee has a rich, smooth, fatty, and creamy taste. Some say it tastes like a heavier, thicker, buttery latte, and some find it similar to a regular coffee but with an oily texture. The flavors presented by this coffee are nutty and warm. The buttery, thick, oily taste and texture are thanks to the butter and MCT oil used in the coffee. Note that taste might change if any modifications are made to the coffee.
What are the benefits of drinking bulletproof coffee?
The benefits of drinking bulletproof coffee include reduced hunger, limited food cravings, a boost of energy, and feeling satisfied for a longer time. Firstly, you’ll feel energetic for a longer time due to the presence of coffee.
Secondly, fats from butter and MCT oil are considered healthy and known to curb cravings and reduce hunger; therefore, bulletproof coffee can theoretically assist in weight loss.
Another benefit of drinking bulletproof coffee is that you’ll feel full or satisfied for an extended period, thus reducing the amount of food you consume throughout the day. This will also help you lose weight if that’s your goal.
However, the caveat to bulletproof coffee is that excess consumption leads to one consuming large amounts of saturated fats. Excess saturated fats have damaging long-term effects on your health. Also, it is crucial to know that although bulletproof coffee has benefits, it should not replace meals as it doesn’t have enough nutrients that you need.
Is bulletproof coffee keto?
Yes. It is 99% fat and doesn’t have any carbs.
Is bulletproof coffee healthy?
Yes, provided that it is consumed in moderation.
Does bulletproof coffee help with weight loss?
Yes. Its ability to reduce hunger and stop food cravings helps with weight loss.
Does bulletproof coffee spike insulin?
No. This coffee lacks sugars and carbs notorious for spiking insulin. Since it’s majorly fats, it keeps the levels of insulin low and stable.
Can you have bulletproof coffee when you’re not on keto diet?
Yes. However, beware that you’ll be consuming more calories.
Does bulletproof coffee increase blood pressure?
Yes, if consumed excessively. Excess caffeine increases the release of adrenaline, leading to increased blood pressure.
Kai Jordan worked as a Certified Nutrition Specialist and now a food critic whose main objective is to provide consumers with as much information as they need to make the right choices concerning foods and drinks. Jordan is passionate about helping the public reach their health-related goals but also keen on reviewing foods and drinks offered by some of the famous restaurants the likes of Starbucks.
Kai has therefore created well-researched and comprehensive excerpts regarding the services and products offered by the giant restaurant chain. And which can be retrieved from Starbmag.com, apart from talking writing, and dealing with food Kai loves also to Kayak. You can read more about me on the about us page.