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  • Writer's pictureTeresa Conrad

Does Bulletproof Coffee Make You Bulletproof?

Common claims: Lose weight, improve mood , increased energy, improve cognition, suppress appetite...

There's little science behind it all. Some can contain 500 calories of fat, of course it will suppress appetite. It can also increase total and LDL cholesterol because of saturated fat.

Bulletproof coffee contains 2 cups (470 ml) of coffee, 2 tablespoons (28 grams) of grass-fed, unsalted butter, and 1–2 tablespoons (15–30 ml) of MCT oil and is intended to replace breakfast. Now that sounds like a nasty replacement, but that's just me.

Bulletproof coffee does not contain the right balance of essential nutrients. Coffee, oil, and butter do not contain carbohydrates, protein, fiber, or many of the other vitamins and minerals that a person needs. Choosing a breakfast that includes a balance of nutrients is a more healthful way to start the day.

You're replacing a nutritious meal with a bunch of fat. Depending on the calories in your cup, if you eat 3 meals a day this should reduce daily caloric intake.

Be aware it is also high in saturated fat, which leads to heart disease when eaten in large amounts.

It may be safe for those who don’t have elevated cholesterol levels, as well as those who follow a low-carb or keto diet.

If you do find that it improves your quality of life, enjoy it, but be aware of potential side effects and check your cholesterol often.

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