Enter fat coffee.
What Is Fat CoffeeFat coffee (which also goes by butter coffee, bulletproof coffee, or keto coffee) is gaining popularity worldwide because of its health benefits. It’s like coffee reinvented. Think caffeine and the power of MCT oil. Your body can easily and quickly break down MCTs for use as energy and brain food (in the form of ketones)[*], all the while glorious caffeine is working in the background. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Let’s unpack the health benefits so you’re totally convinced to try this concoction (and share it with Grandma).
3 Simple Ingredients
- Grass-fed butter, and
- Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil
Health Benefits of Fat Coffee
Supports A Ketogenic DietFat coffee fits perfectly into a ketogenic diet because it contains fats without carbs, which your body turns into ketones for energy and brain food [cue mic drop].
Beneficial for Type 2 DiabetesAccording to some studies, a low carb diet may benefit people suffering from type 2 diabetes[*]. A low carb diet may help to:
- Decrease blood sugar levels
- Reduce body weight
- Decrease the risk of heart disease or heart attack
Reduces Hunger CravingsDrinking fat coffee can prolong the onset of hunger. If you add oil and butter to your coffee, you will feel less hungry than if you just drank black coffee.
Improves Brain and Heart HealthCoffee beans are packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, and essential nutrients[*]. Various studies show that coffee beans reduces your risk of heart failure and stroke, and improves your memory recall and concentration[*]. But in general, make sure to buy coffee from a reliable source since mold can taint some coffee beans and can wreak havoc on your immune system and mental faculties (not to mention ruin the taste)[*][*][*].
Good Source of Vital NutrientsUsing grass-fed butter to make fat coffee is better than regular butter. That’s because the milk (and subsequent butter) of grass-fed cows contains higher levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, and healthy fats. These nutrients are good for your eyes, heart, brain, and skin. Apart from this, the milk is loaded with fatty acids such as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and butyrate. The CLA is anti-inflammatory and plays a role in reducing weight, while butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid that improves your brain and gut health[*][*]. In contrast, the milk of grain-fed cows is lower in omega-3 fatty acids and other beneficial nutrients[*][*]. Of course, regular butter works fine in a pinch.
Boosts Ketone ProductionMCT oil increases brain-enhancing and fat-burning molecules in your body called ketones. Your body uses ketones for fuel instead of using glucose. Burning ketones decreases inflammation and encourages weight loss[*][*]. Also, according to studies, the fat-burning effects of MCT oil increases (i.e., are magnified) when it’s combined with caffeine. That means your body burns more calories from fat easier and faster when they’re consumed alongside caffeine[*][*].
There are four kinds of MCTs: C6, C8, C10, and C12. Some of these MCTs transform into ketones more quickly and effectively than other MCTs. According to studies, C8 (caprylic acid) is the most ketogenic oil[*]. That means that C8 MCT oil increases blood ketone concentration more effectively than just coconut oil. Read all about the benefits of MCT oil in our other article.
How to Make Fat Coffee?All you need are three simple ingredients (coffee, butter, and MCT oil). Then follow these steps:
- Brew one cup of coffee using fresh coffee beans.
- Add one tablespoon of MCT oil.
- Add one tablespoon of grass-fed butter
- Mix in a blender/shaker for 20 seconds.