No magic bullet—skip the buttered coffee.

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It’s not surprising that “Bulletproof” or “Magic Bullet” coffee has become such a huge trend. Proponents promise that a quick addition to your morning coffee can help you lose weight, feel full longer and have long-lasting energy! Why not jump on and try this trend?

Here’s two great reasons to skip the buttered coffee: 1) None if the claims have been scientifically tested or proven and 2) you’ll most likely be adding calories to your diet, which is a tried and true recipe for weight gain.

Origins of Bulletproof Coffee

In Tibet, where high altitude exertion in cold weather burns a LOT of calories and can leave people quickly dehydrated, buttered tea is a traditional drink given to hikers. After one such hike, a product called Bulletproof coffee was born.

The original Bulletproof coffee recipe combined hot coffee with grass-fed cow’s butter and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil in a blender before drinking. The drink is supposed to replace breakfast.

Since then, a variety of recipes for Buttered Coffee or Magic Bullet Coffee have popped up, all with similar ingredients (butter, coffee, MCT oil). There’s even a Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee that has the added “benefit” of being free of mycotoxins (a type of mold). Most modern coffee producers have a process to remove mycotoxins from coffee.

MCT Oil Isn’t Magic

Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil is a type of fat that the body burns easily so it is less likely to be stored as fat by the body. While many claim it to have “miracle” weight loss properties, very little direct research has been done. Health “benefits” of MCTs are controversial at best.

Even if it were true and the MCT oil gets burned off by your body and not stored as fat—your body is not burning off any stored fat at that time so you aren’t losing any weight. Buttered Coffee also contains equal to twice the amount of butter as MCT—which does not burn quickly.

Trading Nutrition for Empty Calories

The Bulletproof Coffee recipe created a beverage with about 450 calories and 51 grams of fat (80% saturated fat). But here’s the important part – there are few nutrients in all those calories. Compare that to what nutritionists recommend as a healthy breakfast to jumpstart your energy (and metabolism) for the day: 1 serving of whole grain, 1 serving of protein and 1 serving of fruit. Such as these meals with similar calories per serving size:

  • Cereal with milk and berries
  • A yogurt parfait
  • Poached egg on whole wheat toast and grapefruit slices 

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