By Art Moreno
We are slowly becoming a generation of healthy lifestyle gurus! Gone are the days when people simply ate what they wanted to without having a lecture on why carbs are bad, fat is bad and sugar is BAD.
So with this ever growing wave of health conscious thinking, we are seeing new foods and beverages on the market. One of the newest things to hit the market is “Bulletproof” coffee. What is “Bulletproof ” coffee I hear you ask?
Bulletproof Coffee is the brainchild of David Asprey. It is the addition of butter and MCT (a healthy supplement made from the oils of pressed palm and coconut). It is said that with the addition of these ingredients to high quality coffee beans, you are creating an ultimately “super food” style cup of coffee. This idea is growing and fast becoming a health phenomenon by many.
So what makes this coffee so healthy?
The addition of butter to coffee is not a new concept (although perhaps new to the western world). In Tibet, they have been adding butter to their coffee for generations. It is said that the addition of butter gives extra energy to the drinker. It also adds an extra layer of taste and creaminess to the drink without making it feel heavy and sickly. However if you are planning on trying this method you will have to make sure that the butter you use is from grass fed cows milk and not the stuff from grain fed cows.
Why Grass fed Cows butter? Simply, grass fed cows milk contains more Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). This is has been shown to have several health benefits for the human body. It is a type of amino acid and we all should know how good these amino acids are for our health.
The second important addition is MCT oil. MCT oil is derived from palm kernels and coconut, they are pressed and the oil released is purified. This oil is made up of more health giving amino acids. These amino acids are referred to as medium chain triglycerides or MCT. You can find Mct in most reputable health-food shops or online, but it can be pretty pricey. Another alternative is to go for something like coconut oil. It is packed with amino acids and costs far less in comparison.
Finally the coffee itself. The coffee you choose is entirely your choice but, the better the quality of coffee bean that you use, the less likely it is to contain harmful elements that have been linked to some health problems. One of these elements that Asprey is very avid about avoiding are called Mycotoxins, they are minute molecules formed by mold that grows on the coffee beans, although they aren’t harmful enough to cause serious health issues, it is best to avoid them as much as you can per Dave. So if you are looking for a coffee that wakes you up and gives you more energy, tastes delicious and has a unique smooth and silk like texture, tryBulletproof Coffee. I may also add that a good amount of butter and said oils are very calorie dense. Although the taste is creamy and the benefits are vast be mindful that a few cups is usually a few hundred calories. Some days I prefer the Bulletproof method but most I simply prefer to eat those 500 calories and have just plain black coffee.