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Everything You Need to Know About Bulletproof Coffee

This blend of coffee has become very popular in recent year, but as with most things there are pros and cons.

Even if you are not a coffee drinker or follow a keto or low-carb diet, chances are you've heard of Bulletproof Coffee. After all, you're not living under a rock! On the news, the internet, social media or even at the gym, people talk and Bulletproof Coffee is talked about. But what is it and why are people drinking it?

The Original Bulletproof Coffee

This blend was originally promoted by Dave Asprey of the site Bulletproof Executive. And if you want to go the whole bulletproof route you use their brand products. It is one cup of brewed coffee, one teaspoon to two tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil and one to two tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter or one to two teaspoons of grass-fed ghee. Place in a blender and blend for 20 to 30 seconds until foamy and drink. Ideally, due to the calories, you drink this instead of having breakfast.

What the Proponents Say

This drink has no carbs, so if you follow a keto or low-carb lifestyle, it fits right in with the guidelines. They believe that a carb-heavy breakfast can give you that spike of energy in the morning, but then leave you feeling tired and unfocused as your blood sugar drops. However, drinking Bulletproof Coffee leaves you feeling mentally clear, give you lasting energy and helps suppress hunger.

What the Critics Say

Use caution when including this drink into your daily life. Fat in your diet isn't the enemy, but everything in moderation. There is a lot of fat in this one cup drink, so yes it can leave you feeling full and will not spike your blood sugar. But is it appropriate for you? While this may be filling, a well-balanced breakfast gives you other nutrients and will not spike your blood sugar. A donut, yes, but a balanced breakfast of protein, fat and whole-grain carbs will not cause a spike like a donut.

What Are Your Needs?

Do your research. Talk to your doctor. Is a high fat, low carb meal replacement appropriate for you? What do your number say - blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc? Consider how much fat you have the rest of the day as well as protein and carbohydrates. Maybe this will be good for you and your health goals, or maybe there are reasons it's not the right choice. Find what works best for you before diving in and giving any new trend a try.

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