Its four secrets might lie in yak milk
Bulletproof coffee is becoming increasingly popular, a mixture of café crème, a piece of butter and a sip of coconut oil. Butter and oil are very high in fat, but in this form will suppose to help you lose weight, boost your energy and strengthen your concentration. In extreme situations, many people fall back on this extra portion of power and strength.
In Tibet, in regions of Nepal, in Bhutan and in the north of India, butter tea is a typical drink, i.e. tea with butter made from yak milk. The origins of this drink go back to the 7th century. This tea made from tea leaves, butter and salt, serves the Sherpas as an energy depot in the cold and is a basic foodstuff. In Tibet, this tea is the national drink and is called "Po Cha". For the preparation, the tea leaves are boiled in water, sometimes for up to half a day, after which the hot tea is poured over salted yak butter and mixed with it by pounding. For breakfast butter tea is traditionally drunk, usually from small bowls.
Dave Asprey discovered Tibetan butter tea during a stay in Tibet. Back in the USA, he developed bullet-proof coffee and bullet-proof food. Meanwhile, Bulletproof Coffee stands for many types of coffee with extra strength.
The long-chain fatty acids from butter are slowly absorbed in the stomach, whereas the medium-chain fatty acids from MCT oil are already incorporated in the intestine. As a result, they get into the body more quickly and deliver energy faster.
For an original Bulletproof Coffee, only a few ingredients are necessary:
- a large cup of Café Crème with a high caffeine content
- one to two tablespoons of pasture butter
- one to two tablespoons of MCT oil (MCT stands for "Medium Chain Triglycerides," i.e., medium-chain fatty acids. Coconut oil, rapeseed oil, or appropriately labelled oils contain medium-chain fatty acids.)
Stir for 20 seconds, and the Bulletproof Coffee is ready to drink. The ingredients must create a foam. This allows the fats from the butter and oil to combine with the coffee. If the parts are not mixed well, the Bulletproof coffee will leave a much more unpleasant taste in the mouth.
Especially relevant ist that the following ingredients have no place in Bulletproof Coffee: Soy Milk, Margarine, sugar or sweeteners.
A cup of Bulletproof Coffee has 250 to 400 calories and up to 30 grams of fat. Many athletes and nutrition professionals swear by a quick and energetic breakfast. Others cannot get anything useful out of Bulletproof Coffee. They ask: Who drinks a cup of whipped cream for breakfast in the morning?
Is Bulletproof Coffee a wonder weapon? The advocates claim it makes you lose weight. Low carbohydrates, high protein, and fat are not new. These are more or less the principles of the Atkins diet, a very controversial diet in which the body cannot store the calories in the fat depot without carbohydrates and sugar. Bulletproof Coffee is another form of low carb diet. It not only makes you slim but also fit. The combination of caffeine and medium-chain fatty acids is unquestionably a real energy booster. With Bulletproof Coffee, caffeine stays in the body for an unusually long time, while the medium-chain fatty acids provide an energy boost.
Sceptics, including many nutritionists, agree that Bulletproof Coffee cannot replace a healthy diet and lots of exercises. Drinking coffee with butter is only recommended if you are a Sherpa in Tibet and need a lot of energy quickly for mountain climbing. In our latitudes, however, this is rarely the case.
The inventor of Bulletproof Coffee, Dave Asprey, added his drink early on to a whole range of further weight loss tips and tricks. Bulletproof Coffee is one of many components for successful interval fasting and targeted ketogenic diets.
What is it about this wonder weapon? Does it stop my hunger for many hours, does it influence my decision-making in a wiser way, i.e., healthier and calorie-reduced, throughout the day? And do I feel fitter and more present after my Bulletproof Coffee?
I prepare myself for my self-experiment. Pasture butter, coconut oil, a large cup, and a mixing cup are ready.
With this, I brew a stable Café Crème in the mixing bowl, add the butter and coconut oil.
I mix for 20 seconds ...
...and then dare I drink my first Bulletproof Coffee. Fantastic variety of tastes, very aromatic and velvety soft are my impressions. The oils leave a dull film on my lips. Tastes better than I expected. I haven't been jogging up and down the mountains for a long time. Maybe it was the Bulletproof Coffee. I'll probably drink it again sometime.
1. the Bulletproof Coffee is often prepared with coconut oil (instead of MCT oil), as in the self-experiment. This ingredient gives Bulletproof Coffee a soft and lip-caring component.
2. a frothy Bulletproof Coffee can be prepared by adding two tablespoons of unsweetened coconut or almond milk.
3. bulletproof coffee with pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The original recipe is supplemented with unsweetened coconut milk, some pumpkin puree, a pinch of salt and cinnamon, and nutmeg to taste.
4. spekulatius-bulletproof coffee. One teaspoon of Spekulatius spice is added to Bulletproof Coffee.