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By now, you’ve probably heard of bulletproof coffee. The caffeinated beverage has a lot of buzz around it (get it?).

But should you be drinking it, or is it just a health fad?

Bulletproof coffee potential benefits

  • provides a boost of energy to the brain
  • may help you feel full
  • helpful for those who follow a keto diet

While popular with those who follow keto or paleo diets, bulletproof coffee can actually benefit anyone who’s looking to boost their energy levels and control hunger.

Coffee alone has been shown to benefit the metabolism. Combine coffee with MCTs (medium-chain fats), and you have a fat-burning power couple. MCTs increase energy and endurance, stimulate the metabolism, and boost brain function.

MCTs have been linked to satiety, thanks to an increase in the release of hormones, peptide YY and leptin. One study found that participants who consumed 20 grams of MCT at breakfast consumed less food at lunch. An older study also found that MCTs may act as a healthy weight management tool.

Meanwhile, MCT oil has been linked to being helpful to those following a keto diet, as MCT oil helps keep the body in a state of ketosis because the fats act as readily-absorbed ketone fuel.

Additionally, MCTs can help power the brain. These fats provide an almost-immediate boost of energy to the brain, and have even been found to help boost energy in folks with Alzheimer’s disease.

That boost of energy can also be helpful to your workouts. Studies have shown that athletes who consume MCTs have higher endurance levels and can perform high-intensity workouts for longer durations.

It’s suggested that bulletproof coffee that includes anywhere between 2 teaspoons up to 2 tablespoons of MCT oil, should replace your breakfast — not be had in addition to it. Otherwise, total calorie intake may be too high.

Replacing a nutrient-dense breakfast with bulletproof coffee may not be the best choice for everyone, however. Consider speaking with your doctor or dietitian about whether bulletproof coffee is right for you.

Also, initial intake of MCT oil may induce diarrhea or digestive symptoms so it’s often recommended to start with 1 teaspoon and increase as tolerated over the following days.

Bulletproof Coffee

Star ingredient: MCTs

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces hot brewed coffee
  • 2 tsp. MCT oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. grass-fed butter or ghee

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined and frothy. Serve immediately.
  2. Customize your bulletproof coffee to taste. A few ideas for flavor additions include milk, coconut milk, stevia, honey, vanilla extract, raw cacao powder, cinnamon, or collagen peptides.
Bulletproof coffee should always be consumed alongside a healthy diet. It’s not recommended for those with high cholesterol levels.

Tiffany La Forge is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer who runs the blog Parsnips and Pastries. Her blog focuses on real food for a balanced life, seasonal recipes, and approachable health advice. When she’s not in the kitchen, Tiffany enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, organic gardening, and hanging out with her corgi, Cocoa. Visit her at her blog or on Instagram.