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01/30 2013

The February Experiment: Bulletproof Coffee

CoffeeThere will be many changes on Friday. First and foremost, my Candida Diet experiment will be over. That means I can eat the Morbier cheese in the fridge. It also means there will be some bacon crisping in the frying pan. Finally, it means I can have coffee. I’ve never been a huge coffee drinker, but this week especially, I have needed it. I have been waking up at 4 AM every morning, and while I appreciate the extra time to get things done, I am struggling early in the afternoon. A boost of energy would be most welcome….. Welcome Bulletproof Coffee, my next experiment.

Bulletproof Coffee is the invention of bio-hacker specialist, Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Exec (Here is an interview with him) . At its most simple level, it’s coffee with added fat. That fat comes in the form of butter and MCT oil. I’m sure there are many questions or confusions swimming around in you head, like “Butter with Coffee, how is that good?” Do not worry, we will get to that.

Why Again I Am Doing This

Here a few simple reasons-

  • I want more energy and clarity during the day
  • The website mentions that it helps with fat loss- why not?
  • I want to drink coffee without it affecting my stomach

Butter and Coffee?

First, let us address the concept of mixing butter and caffeinated drinks. Asprey tells the story on his website.

I learned about the power of butter at 18,000 feet elevation near Mt. Kailash in Tibet when I staggered into a guest house from the -10 degree weather and was literally rejuvenated by a creamy cup of yak butter tea. The biohacker in me asked, “why?” and that was the genesis of my recipe below, which is widely heralded as a cognitive enhancing recipe.

Breaking It Down

So the first step is finding the base, it could be tea, but we do love our coffee here in America. Asprey believes that most of the coffee we drink, including Starbucks, is laced with different toxins that are part of the growing, harvesting, and roasting process. He has provided his own version of “Upgraded Coffee” that supposedly eliminates all that.

He also recommends using unsalted, Kerrygold brand butter. This is the real stuff, not the whipped low-cal version. Why Kerrygold? Because it is the most widely circulated brand of butter coming from grass fed cows. I’ve seen it at the local Publix, Whole Foods and Trader Joes. I think Costco sells it in bulk.

So besides the coffee and the butter, is the MCT oil. I’m still very new to the whole MCT oil thing. From what I can tell, it takes all the great things of coconut oil (high energy, boosting HDL, nutrient absorption) and it does it better.

The process is simple enough. Brew the upgraded coffee, add to the blender with butter and MCT oil. Mix until foamy. Drink.

My Implementation Plan

For the first 2 weeks, I’m going to try doing this as my breakfast. I mean, between the 2 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of MCT oil, I’m already consuming 300+ calories with my drink. I have to assume, that is plenty of energy to last me until lunch.

So how does it taste?

That’s a good question. I will let you know as soon as I know. My buddy who started doing this last week, said that there is not much difference between the butter and cream. So we will have to see.

If any of you are interested in doing the experiment with me, let me know. We can find a way to discuss.