You may have heard about bulletproof coffee, read about it, or noticed articles on your Facebook feed. Right now Bulletproof coffee is all the rage. But what exactly Bulletproof Coffee is? Is it healthy?
WHAT IS BULLETPROOF COFFEE?
Bulletproof Coffee is a concoction that has been popularised by Dave Asprey (creator of the company Bulletproof Coffee) where you mix black coffee with butter and MCT oil. This is actually not a new idea, for many years people have added fats such as butter to their coffee. Some did it to raise calories when needed, and others have done it to adopt a higher-fat diet.
BUT ISN’T FAT BAD FOR US?
Fat has long been seen as the enemy in terms of weight loss and health, however in recent years there has been a paradigm shift in the view of fat.
Fat has gone from being the ugly duckling to the bell of the ball due to diets such as Atkins and Ketogenic.
The research supports this shift away from carbohydrates towards fats. Previously carbohydrates were seen to be what should be the main constituent of our diets, but this was partly due to a misunderstanding in the science and political lobbying.
Carbohydrates (such as rice, potatoes and fruits) are needed as the muscles use them for energy. However, if we have a more sedentary lifestyle then they aren’t as important. Fat is a healthy way to replace them as it can be used for energy instead.
When we have excessive carbohydrates in our diet and don’t exercise enough to balance it out it can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart problems.
Excess carbohydrates can also have an inflammatory effect in the body, especially in unhealthy forms like sugar, flour and processed foods.
High fat diets replace the carbohydrates while giving healthy benefits, such as:
- Aiding Weight Loss
- Regulating Hormone Production
- Extra Mental Energy
Fat should be in the form of healthier unsaturated fats and moderate amounts of saturated animal fat. The main thing to avoid is trans-fats at all costs as they negatively impact health.
ARE THE FATS PRESENT IN BULLETPROOF COFFEE BAD?
In bulletproof coffee, the fats from the butter and MCT oil or coconut oil are intended to provide a feeling of satiety and promote a slower release of caffeine into the bloodstream. This in turn potentially reduces the rapid spike and crash often associated with regular coffee consumption.
The specific fats used in bulletproof coffee are chosen based on the belief that they offer certain health benefits, such as the use of grass-fed butter as a source of omega-3 fatty acids and MCT oil for its potential cognitive effects.
The Chiropractic Perspective on Bulletproof Coffee
As a chiropractor in Singapore, I often encounter patients seeking natural remedies to enhance their well-being. One recurring topic of discussion is the role of caffeine and its impact on overall health. Coffee, being a widely consumed source of caffeine, has been a subject of interest for many chiropractic professionals.
SO HOW DO I MAKE BULLETPROOF COFFEE?
The main ingredients are:
Coffee (The type of coffee really is up to you, this can be instant, hot/cold, dripped, French press, espresso…the choices go on and on!)
MCT Oil (such as found in coconut oil)
Butter (preferably grass fed and non-salted as this can affect the taste)
If you try making a coffee and spooning the fats in after there is a good chance it will sit on the top like oil on water. The best way is to put the coffee in a blender and add the fat and butter. Blend until they are mixed well and may even taste a little frothy!
If you don’t have a blender, or want to avoid the washing, you can do the same by adding the ingredients to an empty jar, putting the lid on and giving it a good shake until its all mixed together.
My Bulletproof Coffee Recipe?
Personally I’m a big coffee fan, so I opt for espresso mixed with coconut oil and grass-fed butter. If I want something richer in taste I may opt for coconut cream instead of the oil, creating a milkier taste, similar to a latte. Read the Official Recipe from Bulletproof, here.
WHAT IF I AM NOT A COFFEE FAN?
If black coffee and fat doesn’t appeal then you can spice it up with natural flavours such as cinnamon, vanilla extract, cacao powder, cardamom, nutmeg or even turmeric!
If its still too much, then adding the butter and oil to other meals or cooking with them is still a great way to incorporate them in your diet. Cooking with these oils is much healthier than vegetable oils, as when these oils reach smoke point they produce oxidation products. Olive oil is great cold but when it smokes it also becomes unhealthy, turning into trans fats!
To sum up, Bulletproof Coffee has captured the attention of health-conscious individuals around the world, including Singapore chiropractors. With its potential benefits in terms of energy, mental clarity, and weight management, it’s no wonder this unique beverage has become a go-to choice for many seeking a natural boost.
Is bulletproof coffee recommended by chiropractors in Singapore?
Yes, many chiropractors in Singapore recommend bulletproof coffee for its potential benefits.
Can chiropractic patients in Singapore drink bulletproof coffee?
Yes, chiropractic patients in Singapore can enjoy bulletproof coffee, but it’s important to consider individual health conditions and consult with a chiropractor.
Does bulletproof coffee align with a chiropractic approach to holistic well-being?
Yes, bulletproof coffee can complement a chiropractic approach to holistic well-being, but it’s best to consult with a chiropractor for personalized recommendations.
Can bulletproof coffee be part of a weight management strategy?
Yes, when combined with a balanced diet and exercise, bulletproof coffee may support weight management efforts.
Are there any precautions for chiropractic patients in Singapore when consuming bulletproof coffee?
Yes, patients should be mindful of individual health conditions and dietary restrictions. It’s recommended to consult with a chiropractor or healthcare professional for personalized guidance.
Since 2013, Upper Cervical Chiropractor, DC. Shaan Rai helped patients achieve greater health, relocating to Singapore in 2016 and founding Vitality Chiropractic Centres at a good price. He has an impressive track record in providing relief and solutions for people who experience nerve system problems, such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, vertigo or neurological conditions. Take your life back.
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Shaan (UK) is based in Singapore. He is a GCC registered Singapore Chiropractor, completing a 5 year course at AECC, attaining his Masters in Chiropractic. His career has been specialised in neurological cases, such as migraines and vertigo. He is the Vuce President and Chairman for Outreach & Charity for Alliance of Chiropractic (AoC) and is a founder of Vitality Chiropractic Singapore. He developed the NeuroPro method, combining Upper Cervical techniques with Functional Neurology Rehab.