What Is Bulletproof Coffee, Anyway?

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What is Bulletproof Coffee? It’s a brand of coffee designed by Bulletproof owner Dave Asprey. Will it provide you with some incredible ability to shield yourself from machine gun fire? Nah, but it will … fill you up with coffee and good fats. It’s made with high-quality Arabica beans that come from a high-elevation estate in Guatemala. These beans are free of the mold toxins or mycotoxins that hinder performance and are found in about 50 percent of brewed coffee in the United States. Yep, that’s right — most of the coffee we drink is toxin-filled. Delicious!

The “bulletproof” portion  refers to  how Asprey reformulated his cup of joe to improve energy and performance. Rather than mixing in cream and sugar, preparing the cup involves blending Upgraded Coffee with unsalted, grass-fed butter, and Brain Octane Oil, a brand of medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil.

The Ingredients

Grass-fed butter comes from cows that eat grass rather than lot feed. Compared to grain-fed butter, it has more antioxidants, beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, E, and K. Additionally, grass-fed butter contains a high level of butyrate, which is shown to decrease and prevent inflammation. Many oils we consume — omega-6s especially — are pro-inflammatory.

Brain Octane Oil is medium-chain triglycerides in a purified form. The body absorbs MCTs faster than long-chain fatty acids because they completely bypass the liver. While it takes 25 steps to convert sugar into ATP, which is cellular fuel for the brain and body, it takes just three steps to convert MCTs into APT. This helps burn fat, build muscle and keep you focused. (Again, if you want to avoid shelling out for the brand name you can consider subbing coconut oil for MCT.)

The Drawbacks

Despite the health benefits, the amount of saturated fat in just one tablespoon each of grass-fed butter and MCT oil is more than 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance. Drinking one cup of  Bulletproof Coffee blend daily could lead to a weight gain of up to 30 pounds in a year, which we’re guessing isn’t something you’re looking to do. However, for people who lift weights often and work their muscles like a 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger, you’ll likely avoid the spare tire. Of course, due to this, it’s not recommended for people who are trying to reduce caloric or saturated-fat intake.

Also Read: Staying Up Late Makes You Fat: Study
Another reason to hit the sack earlier.