How Drinking Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee Will Help You Kick the Day’s Ass

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What’s with people putting butter in their coffee?

Butter in coffee is the new thing, haven’t you heard? To some (like my wife), the sound of putting straight butter on anything besides a piece of bread is enough for the conversation to be Dead On Arrival.

If you can stomach the thought of such coffee hacks, keep reading – there are real benefits to the latest craze.

When it comes to food, quality is always the most critical element

First things first. Quality always matters.

Fortunately, albeit slowly, we are scrapping the diet myths of the past 30 years and embracing saturated fats again.

That being said, quality first still applies and there is only one type of butter you should use, that which is produced from the milk of grass-fed cows.

Why does it matter? Most cows are corn- or soy-fed. It’s cheap and filling, but cows aren’t meant to eat that since they can’t even digest them properly. Thus, the types of fat present in the butter produced are influenced by the diet of the cow.

Feed your body and mind with FAT

Grass-fed butter has the fats that regulate cholesterol. It has the best ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids and is a good source of vitamin K, both of which reduce the risk of heart disease.

It also provides healthy fats for your brain and body to create cell walls (membranes) and hormones. Butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid, has been linked to preventing neurodegenerative diseases, increased energy expenditure, and is also anti-inflammatory, further preventing heart disease.

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), another fatty acid found in grass-fed butter, has been shown to reduce body fat mass especially in overweight individuals.

Make it Bulletproof

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One of the biggest trailblazers leading this butter coffee phenomenon is Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Executive. His “Bulletproof” branded coffee is a combination of coffee, grass-fed butter, and MCT oil.

I have a terrible vocabulary, so don’t make a habit of using big words for the sake of sounding smart. MCTs are medium-chain triglycerides and are simply a form of saturated fat.

You may have noticed the media craze around coconut oil lately? Part of the reason for that is MCTs, which make up roughly 65% of coconut oil.

FEED your Brain

A powerful combination of healthy fats from butter and coconut oil in “Bulletproof” upgraded coffee helps your body produce ketones.

Ketones are created when your body creates energy from fat rather than carbohydrates, which produce simple sugars (mostly glucose).

Elevated ketone levels in the blood become available as fuel for the brain. This is the mechanism behind the ketogenic diet, which has been used for decades to treat epilepsy in children who don’t respond to drug treatment.

Low-carb/ketogenic diets are now being studied for other brain disorders as well, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.


Asprey’s recipe calls for 8 oz. of coffee, 1-2 Tbsp. of butter and 1-2 Tbsp. of MCT oil as a breakfast replacement.

Throw them in a blender for 20 seconds and you are good to go. The large amount of fat should kill your appetite for hours, provide you with sustainable energy, and increase mental focus.

Be warned – most people are starved for healthy fats so it may take your body a week or two to get used to it (read: stay close to a bathroom). Taking a digestive enzyme supplement will help your body’s ability to get up that learning curve.

My suggestion: start at a much smaller dosage and see how your body reacts.

Everyone has a different biological makeup, so being aware of how your body reacts to any changes you make is the key to any nutritional plan. Most people eat a breakfast way too high in carbs, and not nearly enough fat.

I believe protein in the morning is critical, so I also add protein powder to my Bulletproof Coffee.


The Bottom Line

All in all, it is definitely worth trying. I drink coffee every morning and did so before discovering Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee. I drink less coffee when I add butter and MCT oil, but feel more energized and ready to attack my day. I now drink it 4-5 times per week and really feel the difference.

If you don’t eat breakfast at all, start immediately. You are not performing at your best on an empty stomach.

If you do, but typically one with a lot of carbs and little fat, give this a try and let me know what you think!

Image sources: Jezebel, Bulletproof Executive

3 responses to “How Drinking Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee Will Help You Kick the Day’s Ass”

  1. Carrie Lucke says:

    So I heard about this butter in Coffee thing at the yoga studio last week and it made my head spin! I am pretty open to health trends but this really threw me. I love coffee and have no particular aversion to butter. I eat pretty clean and raw with healthy fats and low carbs and almost no processes foods. I’m 41, female and a cancer survivor. (I’ve always been active and healthy- not just post cancer)
    My first question is – how does it taste? And my next response is that breakfast is such an opportunity to load in so much healthy and yummy stuff to your daily diet that I can’t imagine Butter and coffee to be satisfying? My morning blender gets 2-4 cups of Kale and Spinach, 2 tbsp of flax, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1-2 cups of some fruits …. maybe protein if I think i need it. I can’t imagine that Butter and coffee is a better decision!! My smoothie holds me till noon unless i’ve done a 90 min Bikrahm, then i add a small post workout snack. So- I’m not here to suggest that it’s bad or wrong. Certainley better than a bowl of special K or worse that some people have in America ….. but there’s so much more to put in your belly that can do good for your body all day. Every Meal is an opportunity to do good for your body and this just seems to miss the point. Again- I have no problem with coffee or butter- like em both!
    My guess is that this trend will pass unless it tastes amazing. In which case I will give it a try.

  2. Ellis Dunbar says:

    Good Morning
    My name is Ellis and I work with Ninja Goat Nutritionals. Once I read your article, I found great interest in some of your ingredients and knowledge about butter coffee. I would love to tell you about my business and how I make butter coffee.  

    Ninja Goat Nutritionals makes a product called fatCoffee, which is a quick and easy way to make butter coffee anywhere, anytime- and it’s made with 100% grass fed-butter and organic coconut oil. 
    Would you be willing to try fatCoffee and let me know what you think about it? I’d be happy to provide a sample, if you can send me your mailing address.
    Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you soon.

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