Can Placing Butter in Your Coffee Boost Its Effects? Here's What You Need to Know About Bulletproof Coffee
Have you heard of Bulletproof Coffee? Here's the lowdown on what it is, what it does, and if it's really healthy!
Bulletproof Coffee was first made public in 2009 by its inventor, Dave Asprey. He claims it boosts your brain power and helps you lose weight faster. He came up with the concoction after traveling to Tibet and experiencing the health benefits of their buttered herbal drinks. It's since garnished millions of fans and there are rumors that the most successful businessmen drink it daily.
What exactly is bulletproof coffee? It's just coffee – but with ghee (Asian butter) and medium-chain triglyceride oil (MCT oil).
Ghee is regular butter that's simmered as part of the production process. Scientists did find that adding ghee to animals' diets resulted in lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In people with psoriasis, adding ghee to their diet lowered their cholesterol and triglyceride levels too. People in India who included more ghee in their diets have been found to have lower rates of coronary heart disease. Ghee has also been found to protect the liver from cancer in animals.
MCT oil is made up of certain types of fatty acids that you normally get by eating foods, like coconut oil. Researchers found that regularly consuming MCTs can boost your weight loss without increasing your blood fat and bad cholesterol levels.
MCT oil has also shown to boost cognition – but the evidence seems limited to people suffering from neurodegenerative disorders or diabetic patients suffering from hypoglycemia. In studies, hypoglycemia-caused cognition decline was reversed when patients supplemented with MCTs.
Does all this evidence support Bulletproof Coffee's claims? Well, coffee in it of itself boosts your metabolism. So even without the MCT oil and ghee, drinking coffee without sugar or cream will make your body burn more fat for an interval of time. But adding MCT oil and ghee may boost the coffee's fat-burning effects given the evidence. If you're suffering from disease-caused cognitive decline, then Bulletproof Coffee's MCT oil will boost your cognition. If your cognition is normal, it's iffy whether Bulletproof Coffee will boost your brain power because there's scant evidence right now.
But Bulletproof Coffee has been shown to protect your cardiovascular system more than regular coffee because of its ghee content, and its MCT oil does make coffee healthier for you. Trying Bulletproof Coffee probably will do you more good than harm, but don't have expectations of losing pounds and becoming temporarily brilliant from drinking it.