Bulletproof Coffee: is it for you?

Bulletproof coffee. If you haven't heard of it already then you must be living under a rock. 1/3 of people swear by it and wake up only for the reason of drinking it (guilty). 1/3 think it is absolutely ridiculous to put fat in your coffee. And the others do not really know what it is. Well, that is the beauty of being different and having opinions. Wouldn't it be a boring world if every single person believed the exact same thing?

So the question is, "is bulletproof coffee right for you?". As many experts have their reasoning for their opinions, I believe it really depends on what your goal is. For myself and my clients, the goal is to live the most optimal life through health and fitness. We are all on different journeys with our health so when you are faced with a new nutrition choice to make you need to make sure it is in line with your goals.

I am going to relate this to myself. My goals at the moment are to gain strength, increase my athletic performance and feel healthy and energized so I can be the best trainer to my clients. So let's start here. Ask yourself what are you trying to achieve. Then based on that we can answer the question is BP coffee (or any choice) going to bring you closer to that goal?

Bulletproof coffee = some combination of coffee, grassfed butter, MCT or coconut oil. I add cinnamon and raw cocoa powder but that is totally up to you. When you look at these items separately they all offer some very powerful health benefits. I would argue that the coffee may be the least nutrient dense but it is absolutely indispensable ( ask any person that wakes up early or has children ). Here are the ingredients broken down by health benefits, resources listed below:

Coffee
- contains antioxidants
- has been shown to reduce risk of Alzheimer's, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's disease
- increases metabolic rate
- boosts athletic performance by increasing epinephrine (adrenaline) in blood

Saturated fat (grassfed butter, Cocount oil, MCT oil)
- enhances healthy hormonal balance and function
- boosts energy levels
- raises HDL cholesterol, which many people have too little of
- can be heated at high temperatures without going rancid unlike Olive oil, canola oil or vegetable oil
- contains important fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A and K (especially grassfed butter)

Raw Cocoa Powder 
- full of antioxidants
- reduces cravings
- lowers blood sugar

Cinnamon
- antioxidants
- reduces glycemic index in foods
- balances blood sugar

As you can see there are a host of health properties in all of the ingredients. Added together they taste like pure heaven. So why wouldn't it be right for everyone? I think it can be but it is necessary to tweak it to fit into your goals.

If you are looking to gain muscle, put on size or increase athletic performance, I would suggest going heavier on the fats and not worry too much about the macros.

For someone who is trying to lose weight, I would suggest going lighter on the fats (maybe use just coconut oil instead of both that and butter), add a little almond milk, cocoa powder and cinnamon to keep cravings at bay.

Those aiming for general health I would say find a balance between the two above.

Don't get too caught up in it. I would say before you start worrying about BP coffee, make sure the rest of your diet is in check. Then adding this in would be a good idea. Don't stress too much about it. Listen to your body. :)


Resources: http://authoritynutrition.com/top-8-reasons-not-to-fear-saturated-fats/
http://authoritynutrition.com/top-13-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coffee/