The Pros and Cons of Bulletproof Coffee

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Everyone and their mother has been talking about how butter is the new “it” ingredient thanks to the rise in popularity of bulletproof coffee. If you haven’t heard of this buttery beverage, it’s coffee made with grass-fed, unsalted butter along with coconut oil and an optional flavoring like cinnamon or vanilla). The brew has been popularized by Dave Asprey (who also recently released The Bulletproof Diet) and clocks in at about 400 calories…400 calories!! In my personal view and that of Matt Fitzgerald, a well-known author and athlete, I haven’t tried it and never will, for two reasons:
1. I prefer my coffee black.
2. Bulletproof coffee contains 440 largely empty calories.

Those who support the buttery concoction say that it gives them an energy boost and helps keep them stay satiated for hours. I would hope that I would feel full having downed 400-plus calories first thing in the morning! But I’d rather fuel with food that has nutritional substance like fruit or eggs or oatmeal sweetened with a few drops of agave. I was curious what a non-biased nutritionist would have to say however, so I spoke with Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT, nutritionists, personal trainers, authors, speakers, and founders of The Nutrition Twins and asked them to highlight the pros and cons of this newfangled trendy beverage.

Pros:
* Coffee contains potent antioxidants.
* The caffeine in coffee can help with athletic performance and alertness if it’s used in moderate amounts.
* The butter used is from grass-fed cows so you don’t have to worry about the cows consuming animal byproducts.
* It’s appealing to Paleo diet followers.
* If cinnamon is used, it may help to improve blood sugar regulation and the reduce the risk of diabetes.

Cons:
* When you drink bulletproof coffee, it’s recommended to replace breakfast, but it supplies very few nutrients and a whopping 441 calories (80% of which are artery-clogging saturated fat).
* It replaces a typically nutrient-dense meal that contains antioxidants, fiber and nourishment like oatmeal, a hardboiled egg, and berries. Bulletproof coffee has no fiber or protein, both of which are top recommendations as part of a breakfast that provides long-lasting satiety. (Although the fat in the Bulletproof coffee is purported to do this by advocates, studies show mixed results, and many people who try the coffee on on-line forums report being hungry a few hours later.
* There’s no joy or satisfaction of eating food when you drink a meal.
* Although a few recent studies show that saturated fat isn’t detrimental for heart health, this is when saturated fat is consumed in normal amounts, not the excessive amounts that are found in bulletproof coffee. Bulletproof coffee contains 2/3 of your total daily fat allowance and 200% of the recommended amount of saturated fat. Learn more here.

Have you tried bulletproof coffee? Would you?

5 Comments

  1. Char
    January 29, 2015 / 2:55 am

    Thanks for the post, Sharon! I was really intrigued and wanted to try it, but at 400 calories? NO THANK YOU. I agree with you – empty calories, enough said.

  2. Mary Johnson
    March 25, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    I have tried it, and have had excellent results. I usually cannot drink coffee (jitters, crankiness) and
    can drink this. The energy keeps me going until lunch (4-6 hrs), when I carefully have a nutritionally
    dense meal. I also have a nutritionally dense meal at dinner, eat nothing after 8 or 9pm, and have
    BP coffee the next am at around 10am (I am retired). This works well for me, with sustained energy
    and cognitive function. That said, I am very careful about the nutritional density of my meals, eat
    very low carb, moderate protein, and get all of my carbs from high quality veggies. I think the important thing is to find what works for you as an individual. I do not follow any diet precisely, tweaking
    it to meet my own best. I am 76 yrs old and enjoy good health, energy and cognitive function, and
    have as good a body as one can have at my age! I keep moving, and that is important.

  3. Jeremy Harris
    January 14, 2019 / 12:03 am

    Glad I ran across this. I’ve been drinking bullet proof coffee and have been searching for a good blender (or blender alternative) with which to prepare it as ours is on it’s way out. I came across another website that made some of the same points and I think I may go back to my usual eggs and black coffee with a piece of fruit.

  4. Faith
    August 16, 2020 / 10:42 pm

    I am 65 yrs young A.A and I am happy to say that I am very happy to have loss 47lbs by drinking the bullet proof coffee along with intermittent fasting as now a enjoyable life style for 3yrs. I was a herbal tea drinker adding honey in my tea. I enjoy the bullet coffee for the following reasons. I am not hungry I fast from 3pm until 3 orc4pm. I eat 1 meal or juice organic green juice. My energy is unbelievable! I always been engaged in exercises ect. Jumping Jack’s running and lots of stretching. I must start on weights. My weight is 125 I haven’t weighed this amount since the 70s. Lol size 8. So ii will cut the butter down to less. Bullet started a big health change in my life along with day fasting.

  5. Faith
    August 16, 2020 / 10:49 pm

    I am 65 yrs young A.A I am very happy to have loss 47lbs by drinking the bullet proof coffee and intermittent fasting as an enjoyable life style for 3yrs. I was a herbal tea drinker adding honey in my tea. I enjoy the bullet coffee for the following reasons. I am not hungry I fast from 3pm until 3 orc4pm. I eat 1 meal or juice organic green juice. My energy is unbelievable! I always been engaged in exercises ect. Jumping Jack’s running and lots of stretching. I must start on weights. My weight is 125 I haven’t weighed this amount since the 70s. Lol size 8. So ii will use less butter in my coffee. Bullet started a big health change in my life along with daily intermittent fasting.

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