Bulletproof Coffee, the strange coffee that adds butter is creating waves and ripples. The claims are that it helps skin get clearer, your mind sharper and many other wonderful benefits which are reported on their website and is widely attested by popular celebrities and talk-show hosts. Needless to say, it’s the hottest drink trend right now. But is there a dollop of truth in this claim?
The recipe shown on the ‘Bulletproof Exec’ website for the popular bulletproof coffee uses very specific ingredients like MCT oil which is branded as a Medium-Chain-Triglyceride oil with Caprylic and Capric acids and is allegedly ‘6x stronger than coconut oil’
MCT oil or XCT is manufactured, man-made product unlike the natural Coconut oil. The human body is adept at absorbing coconut oil in its natural most form. It need not be replaced with a formulated oil, which might be ‘6X stronger’.
If the definition for bulletproof coffee was defined as a good brewed coffee, a good organic butter and a good coconut oil then it may have some credibility, but right now it looks like a mighty marketing strategy.
I also disapprove of the combination of the three main ingredients of ‘Bulletproof Coffee’ due to these reasons.
1. Coffee is a stimulant and has hot qualities.
2. Butter is calming and has coolant properties.
3. Coconut oil is calming and has coolant properties.
When we put butter in hot liquid, it melts in to ghee. Note that, this is not the same as putting a dollop of butter over pancakes or bread where they melt, which is fine. But when it is put in hot coffee, then it isn’t ideal for health. This half heated state is described as ‘Apakwa‘ in Ayurveda which is a perfect recipe to develop ‘Ama‘ (toxin). Moreover, adding Coconut oil or XCT, MCT would make it heavy, leading to indigestion.
The central idea of ‘Bulletproof coffee’ is to enjoy the stimulant effect of coffee for a sustained amount of time, instead of feeling a spike and sudden drop of energy which usually occurs when one takes any form of caffeine.
The Better Alternative
I suppose, a combination of a cup coffee with a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter) is a far better alternative. According to Ayurveda, Ghee contributes to good digestion strength, enhances brain functions, good for improving memory, concentration, and energy. So, ghee and coffee would make a good blend. Furthermore, ghee is known to contain certain amounts of fat which would sustain energy for a longer period of time.
Ghee has a special quality called ‘Yogavahi’ which means that it can blend well with other ingredients and enhance their effect, hence blending ghee would probably enhance the benefits of a certain blend, even coffee.
The practice of adding ghee along with coffee is practiced widely in many Indian households as a simple remedy for coughs and sore throat. Given these points, I would recommend this coffee blend with ghee rather than the bullet-proof coffee.