New Delhi: You may have heard of the ‘bulletproof coffee’, a particularly popular trend at the beginning of the year mainly due to its supposed weight loss benefits. If you’re hearing it for the first time, bulletproof coffee is a recipe – a mix of coffee and fat – for a coffee drink designed to replace your morning breakfast. Proponents of the bulletproof coffee claim that it can give you a long-lasting energy boost, increase your focus, and keep you feeling full for longer.
Created by Dave Asprey, the drink is a mixture of brewed coffee, grass-fed unsalted butter and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil or coconut oil. While the calorie-dense drink has become so popular nowadays, some nutritionists are warning of the possible risks of the trend.
“The health risks increase if you are already overweight or obese and you aren’t moving enough – taking on excess calories in this instance is not good for cardiovascular health,” nutritionist Rick Hay was quoted as saying by Yahoo News. Rick Hay added that people could become more jittery and anxious if they consume too much bulletproof, as is the risk with any trend.
“It’s understandable that health experts may not be on board with the bulletproof trend as the drink is high in saturated fats, reduces your nutrient intake and with evidence and studies lacking, it probably shouldn’t be relied on for weight-loss or as a meal replacement for any ‘new year’ diets,” Wyatt Cavalier, who is the co-founder of Bibium and Underdog Coffee, added.
For a healthy workout boost, Wyatt suggests a black, unsweetened coffee could be a good alternative choice. For those who not a black coffee fan, Wyatt recommends almond milk, which he said is a great healthy alternative to cow’s milk and takes the bitter edge off of black coffee.
Coffee in moderation may offer some health benefits, but health experts say that replacing your one of your meals with Bulletproof Coffee is not a good idea for various reasons – for instance, it will significantly reduce your total nutrient intake. A report in Healthline also stated that there have been some reports of people experiencing an increase in cholesterol levels when drinking bulletproof coffee.