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What Makes the Bulletproof Coffee, Bulletproof?

Why is Silicon Valley entrep Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof coffee not your average joe? It’s made of coffee beans, oil, and butter. With all that fat, it obviously isn’t for everyone. The idea of brewing a new kind of coffee came to Asprey after taking a special tea with yak butter offered to him in Tibet. He was physically spent after an adventure in the Himalayas, and the beverage had an immediate reviving affect in him.

Back in the US, he studied different buttered drinks, and came up with his version of a buttered coffee. Many drinkers swear by its energizing effects, and was a hit among fitness enthusiasts doing exhausting workouts, musicians and band members playing up to the wee hours, and even players of the LA Lakers and some champions of the World Series of Poker.

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But how are alertness and energy, as followers swear by, achieved by the Bulletproof coffee? The ingredients of the fatty joe are:

  • Low-toxin coffee beans, brewed to produce 2 cups
  • Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, purified
  • Unsalted butter, produced from grass-fed cows

After the coffee is brewed, blend with oil and butter until foam forms on top of the mixture. According to naturopath Dr. Andrew Weil, adding butter to coffee has been a practice of many people worldwide. While the idea did not originate from Asprey, he has added a healthier fat. MCT oils are quicker to digest and are less likely to be stored than long-chain fats. Asprey attributes energy and mental alertness to the MCT oil, although this has yet to be proven. A study conducted suggests that the oil, in fact, helps in losing weight but doesn’t help in boosting exercise performance.

Butter, on the other hand, has higher butyric acid content. This is a short-chain fatty acid which promotes healthy gut, improves brain function, and fights inflammation. Butter also contains higher amounts of vitamins A, D and K2, and lower sugar.