Q&A 5: What is Bulletproof Coffee & Why Do You Drink It?

There’s a lot of talk these days about bulletproof coffee. I’m one of the people doing a lot of that talking! I’m a huge fan of bulletproof coffee and over the past several months it has been a major staple in my diet. Yup, bulletproof coffee is my breakfast just about every morning. Now, there is absolutely nothing magical about bulletproof coffee. I drink it because it increases my energy, curbs  my hunger and keeps me satisfied for hours. Most importantly, I drink it because I LIKE it. I like the way it tastes. I like how simple and easy it is. I like that I don’t have to prep food or clean up. It works for me. But it’s not magic. So today we’re talking about WHAT it is and why I drink it. To hear more about what I eat for fat loss and why, make sure you’re on the free VIP e-newsletter list! 

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Question: What is bulletproof coffee & why do you drink it?

Answer: Bulletproof coffee is high quality, low toxin coffee blended with grass fed butter and coconut oil or MCT oil.

Bulletproof coffee

Sometimes I get fancy and add cocoa powder and raw egg yolk!!

Why does low toxin coffee matter?
Traditional coffee can be packed with toxins from the mold that grows on the coffee beans. Analysis of standard beans shows that more than 90% may have mold growth.

What’s with the butter and what does grass fed mean?
Butter is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Butyrate, one of the ingredients in butter, has powerful cellular-protective effects, especially on cells within breast tissue. You want your butter to come from grass fed cows (I use Kerrygold unsalted butter) and not from conventionally fed cows. Conventional butter will be high in pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids because those cows are fed grains. Grass fed butter is naturally high in anti-inflammatory omega 3s and free from the pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids.

What’s MCT oil & why is it included?
MCT refers to medium chain triglycerides, a type of fat found in coconut oil. The fat in coconut oil is about 60% MCTs and coconut oil can be found in traditional grocery stores. MCT oil is pure MCTs but isn’t available in most grocery stores. I buy mine online . It is a great source of energy that is burned for IMMEDIATE fuel and is highly unlikely to ever be stored as fat due to the unique chain length of the fatty acids.

Resources:

MCT Oil
Why you should choose coffee carefully: https://www.bulletproofexec.com/why-bad-coffee-makes-you-weak/
My blog on MCT oil: http://primalpotential.com/mct-oil-power-bulletproof-coffee/
The original bulletproof coffee folks: https://www.bulletproofexec.com/coffee/
Low toxin coffee: https://www.bulletproofexec.com/3-steps-to-finding-the-highest-performance-coffee-in-your-city/
What’s the deal with butter:

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51 replies
  1. Caitlin
    Caitlin says:

    Do you worry that by skipping a traditional breakfast you’re missing out on protein, veggies, fiber, and nutrients? Also there seems to be a few case studies on people with very high LDL levels from drinking it.. any thoughts?

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      I think with all things, you have to do what works for you. I have not seen any research that shows BP coffee increases LDL and based on how cholesterol works, that would puzzle me. Elevated cholesterol is actually evidence of inflammation in the body, not excess fat consumption. I just put out a podcast episode on that in case you’re interested in knowing more. Also, I eat a TON of veggies, so for me personally, it is not a concern. I easily get 8-10 (or more) servings of veggies a each day. Beyond that, butter is actually very nutrient rich – antioxidants, vitamins, etc. Also keep it mind (and I share this on the breakfast episode of the podcast) that I don’t drink it for breakfast everyday. I love omelets with veggies, frittatas and pork breakfast muffins. Here’s the episode I did on cholesterol: http://primalpotential.com/fat-cholesterol/ and the episode where I talk about lots of breakfast options: http://primalpotential.com/healthy-breakfast-recipes/
      I hope that helps!

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        • Elizabeth Benton
          Elizabeth Benton says:

          Thank you, Caitlin! And thanks for reaching out with your question! Keep ’em coming, that’s what I’m here for! And if you have a second to leave a rating & review in iTunes or Stitcher, that would mean a lot to me!

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  2. Wendy Glass
    Wendy Glass says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I’m a big coffee drinker and I’ve experimented a little with the bulletproof coffee only really doing totally committing to it for several days. By day 3-4 I started to get a raging hunger by 11-12 and I had that awful ketosis breath. Then I backed off and only do a tbs. of kerry gold with coffee in the morning along with breakfast. I exercise early in the morning so I am wondering if I was needing something else along with the coffee?

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Wendy, Thanks for your comment! Here’s the thing: there is nothing “magic” about bulletproof coffee. It it doesn’t work for you, just don’t do it 🙂
      It’s not a better fat loss option than bacon/eggs/omelets/pork muffins/etc. I really love it because it is easy and I love coffee and it fills me up. But as I talk about in all my podcasts, fat loss and health (and eating in general) is all about finding what works for YOU. Some people would HATE eating brussels sprouts even though I eat them every day. There’s nothing magic about brussels other than the fact that I love them. I also exercise in the morning. It just depends on your metabolism, your hormone balance, your activity level, etc. Everyone is different. Keep in mind too, however, if you want to keep trying that butter is only ONE ingredient in BP coffee. Coconut oil or MCT oil is the other. So if you’re just using butter, I’m not surprised that you’re hungry. But even if you are using both, it’s not for everyone, just like brussels sprouts aren’t for everyone.

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  3. Michele
    Michele says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I have heard of Bulletproof coffee and have always wanted to try it. I have a Keurig machine, I see the Bulletproof brand has K-cups (30 for $70, ouch!). Do you know of any other brand of coffee that can be used?

    I love your podcasts! Thank you for your time.
    Michele
    Snohomish, WA

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  4. Theo
    Theo says:

    Today is day two of bulletproof coffee. Day one was a test since I only had decaf left. I also worked very late the previous night so it only worked moderately. Today, I also didn’t get a good night’s rest (even though I’ve been trying to incorporate the sleep tweaks you mentioned in another podcast). I worked out and made the coffee. I used an Oren’s Colombian bean, 1 tsp butter and 1 tsp of coconut oil. I felt incredibly peppy on my way to work. I was tired but I still had the energy. I got hungry around 11 so I ate a boiled egg. I will continue to monitor my fullness and energy level but so far so good!

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  5. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    I’m still not clear on just how to actually make the bp coffee. Do I just brew a cup and add 1 tsp of butter and 1tsp of coconut oil that melts into the hot coffee ??
    Please advise. Thanks. Love the podcasts ! Learning a ton of
    great information !

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Hi Sarah! Brew your coffee as normal and add butter and oil to your tastes. There is no “magic amount” just like there is no magic amount of cream and sugar to add to coffee – it’s based on your tastes. Start small. You have to blend it. So brew your coffee, add oil/butter to your tastes, and then blend in a blender or with an immersion blender. I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcast! If you have a second to leave a rating & review in iTunes that would really mean a lot to me.

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  6. Sonia
    Sonia says:

    Elizabeth,

    Why do you have to blend BP coffee? I don’t mind the blob of melted mct oil in my coffee, and I’m trying to understand if dirtying my blender is worth it. Is there a nutritional secret in emulsifying?

    Thank you for your show. I’m a physician and am pleased with the accuracy of the science I’ve heard you discussing, making it accessible to all and translating it to fat loss language for me.

    Sonia

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Hi Sonia –

      No, there is no nutritional reason to blend. It is just to emulsify the fats so they don’t separate. Otherwise, you might as well eat the butter/oil on the side without the coffee. But if that doesn’t bother you, more power to you! I stir mine when I’m traveling. I hope that helps!

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  7. Mariana
    Mariana says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I saw a video of someone making BPC but they add protein collagen powder. Do you recommend this or have you tried this?

    Mariana

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  8. Lisa Walls
    Lisa Walls says:

    Hi Elizabeth!
    Just listened to your podcast on Bullet Proof coffee, am looking forward to trying it. First question, do I use unsalted grass fed butter I am assuming? Also, I don’t like strong coffee, I am more of a mild coffee girl, any suggestions on a milder coffee to use? Lastly, I always put Stevia in my coffee, can I do the same thing with bullet proof coffee? Any advice is appreciated!

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Hi Lisa – yup, unsalted. As far as strong vs mild – I’d say just dilute the coffee more. To me (and I”m not saying this is right, it’s just my opinion) strength is very much about how diluted it is. Stevia is fine. 🙂

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  9. Joetta Balda
    Joetta Balda says:

    Hi Elizabeth! I love your podcasts and how you respond to everyone. I am interested in trying this coffee. How do you brew yours and which machine do you use? I am retiring my keurig machine and am interested in the whole bean coffee. Thank you!

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      I have a grind and brew pot. Then I add butter and oil to the brewed coffee and blend it with my immersion blender in a cup 🙂
      I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying the podcast! Please never hesitate to reach out if you have questions or suggestions! And if you have a second to leave a rating & review in iTunes that would mean the world to me! Stay in touch and I hope you enjoy the coffee!

      Reply
  10. Lisa Walls
    Lisa Walls says:

    On day two of bulletproof coffee, love the way it tastes! I went a little light on the butter and coconut oil, but today I did a teaspoon of both. Yesterday I felt hungry not to long after I drank it, but again, blame me not putting in enough butter and coconut oil. Hoping today will keep me full a bit longer. Glad I was turned onto this, I am telling my friends about it. Love your podcast, have learned so much, keep up the GREAT work!!!

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Hi Lisa! I’m so glad you like it! Let me know how today goes. Please never hesitate to reach out if you have questions or suggestions for the podcast! And if you have a second to leave a rating & review in iTunes that would mean the world to me! Stay in touch!

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      • Lisa Walls
        Lisa Walls says:

        Elizabeth, I am addicted to bullet proof coffee, I drank two yesterday and two today, that will be my limit, but it is SOOOO good, anyone who hasn’t tried it, you won’t just want “regular” coffee ever again. I will leave you a review today Elizabeth!

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  11. Viktorja
    Viktorja says:

    Hi! Question on the coffee…
    Between what you’ve said in this episode and the reading I did on the links you provided regarding low-toxin coffees: if i want to ask for a low toxin coffee where I buy my beans should I be asking for a wet process? a single origin? What terminology should I use so they know what I’m looking for? I don’t want to just say “give me your least moldy coffee bean” lol 🙂

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  12. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    What are your thoughts on adding some protein powder in along with it as a post workout meal? Maybe just on my heaving lifting days? I workout at 4:30 AM 6 days a week and I have done regular bullet proof and love the effect, just curious about adding that in. Thanks my co-worker and I love your podcast and discuss it across our desks almost daily I know you have helped us both in different ways! Thanks again!

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Hi Lisa! I’m a big fan of whole foods over highly processed foods (like protein powders) but your body will let you know if this works for you or not. Is it going to hurt? Nah. Does your body need it? I don’t think we ever “need” protein powder. The biggest thing here is to pay attention to your hunger, your cravings, your energy & your results to determine if it works for you. So glad you guys are enjoying the podcast! Please never hesitate to reach out anytime if you have questions!

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  13. Donna Shepherd
    Donna Shepherd says:

    Hi Elizabeth, I’m so excited that I found your site and I’m learning so much from your podcasts!! I enjoy having the BPC and I add 1T kerrygold butter, but the oil seems to tear up my stomach. I bought organic green tea today and I was wondering if I could use 1T butter and some whipping cream. Would that work the same as the BPC in the morning?

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      It’s not the same thing but you can try it and see how you feel. MCT oil has specific benefits due to the medium chain triglycerides so of course you wouldn’t get that. Plus, dairy (heavy cream) contains hormones and different kinds of fat than the MCTs. So to answer your question: no, it’s not the same things as BPC.

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