Bulletproof coffee combines coffee, oil, and butter as a substitute for breakfast. Promoters of the
drink claim it has a range of health benefits.
Bulletproof coffee is a drink that combines coffee, oil, and butter. It is a creamy coffee served
warm and looks similar to a latte. The original recipe comes from Bulletproof health blog.
People who promote bulletproof coffee claim that it has a range of benefits, including:
maintaining energy levels throughout the morning
improving mental focus
Because bulletproof coffee is a relatively new product, there has not been any scientific research
into whether it benefits or harms health. The United States Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), who are responsible for assessing the safety of food, medication, cosmetics, and other
products, have not yet evaluated bulletproof coffee. Of course, this may be because the FDA sees
no point in examining coffee, as we have been drinking it for over 1,500 years.
How do you make bulletproof coffee?
There are four steps to making bulletproof coffee:
Using freshly ground coffee beans, brew 1 cup of coffee, using a French press.
Add 1 tablespoon (tbsp.) of a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, such as coconut oil.
Add 1 to 2 tbsp. of butter
Mix in a blender for 20 to 30 seconds.
The coffee mix should look foamy and creamy. People usually drink it warm.
A person may feel more awake after a morning coffee.
Drinking coffee in moderation has a range of health benefits and may reduce the risk of death
from heart disease and several cancers. Drinking coffee may also lower the likelihood of
developing conditions, such as liver disease, Parkinson's disease, and type 2 diabetes. However,
the reasons for these health benefits need further research.
Coffee in the morning can improve mental focus and help a person to feel more awake and alert.
This effect usually lasts for a maximum of a few hours.
The bulletproof coffee recipe uses a coconut-derived MCT oil. MCT oil contains a medium-
length chain of triglyceride fats. The shorter the chain of fats, the more quickly the body can
break them down.
A 2015 review of scientific evidence found that MCTs may be more useful for weight loss than
long-chain fats, which most other fats and oils contain. However, the authors concluded that
there is not enough research to determine whether MCTs are safe and effective as a food
Usually, the body converts carbohydrates into energy before using fat. If there are not enough
carbohydrates available, then the body uses its fat stores as an alternative source of energy.
When the body uses its fat reserves, it produces ketones.
A ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrates and high in fat. Promoters of bulletproof coffee claim
that it fits into a ketogenic eating plan because it contains fat but no carbohydrates, and the body
converts MCT oil into ketones.
However, there is currently a dearth of scientific research into the potential health benefits and
risks of the ketogenic diet.
Some studies state that a low-carbohydrate diet may be beneficial for some people with type 2
A low-carbohydrate diet may help a person with diabetes to:
reduce their risk of heart attack or heart disease
lose weight if needed
lower their blood sugar level
Doctors usually recommend following a low-carbohydrate diet for a short time only.
One of the reasons for drinking bulletproof coffee is to prevent hunger during the morning.
Adding butter and oil to coffee may make a person feel less hungry than if they drank coffee
alone. Everyone is different, but some people may still feel hungry during the morning if they
have not eaten a meal for breakfast.
The idea is to drink bulletproof coffee as an alternative to breakfast. However, replacing a meal
with a drink can leave a person short of the nutrients they need each day.
Bulletproof coffee does not contain the right balance of essential nutrients. Coffee, oil, and butter
do not contain carbohydrates, protein, fiber, or many of the other vitamins and minerals that a
person needs. Choosing a breakfast that includes a balance of nutrients is a more healthful way to
start the day.
The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend including carbohydrates, protein,
and fruits or vegetables in a breakfast meal. Some people may choose to have a hot drink rather
than food first thing in the morning, but that’s no replacement for breakfast.