What Is Keto Coffee?

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I first heard about Keto Coffee when I began checking into a keto diet to lose weight. Since I love coffee and budget it into my weight loss diet (I don’t drink it black) so Keto Coffee sounded interesting.

Keto dieters are cutting back on carbohydrates and forcing their bodies to burn more stored fat. In order to do this, you need to eat about 70% of your daily calories in the form of fat, 5% carbs, and 25% protein.  When you decrease your carbohydrates you increase healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, and flaxseed oil.

How Does Keto Coffee Work?

Ketosis is the state your body is in when you eat a low carbohydrate diet and your body switched from being a glucose (sugar) burner to a stored fat burner. When you don’t eat many grams of carbohydrates your body switches to stored fat and you start to dump ketones into your blood and urine.

This can be tested using urine strips or pricking your finger, putting a drop of blood onto a  strip that is placed into a home monitor that can test for ketosis. The Snow White method is more accurate in the long run because as you maintain the diet you will become more efficient and your urine checking strips become less effective.

Sometimes it's hard to get in all the fats required on a keto diet,  so an easy way is to add fat to things like coffee. Keto Coffee is based on the dieting principle that a diet high in healthy fats helps the body to get into ketosis quicker and maintain ketosis. This will help your weight loss as long as you don’t overdo your daily caloric intake.

Since a cup of whole milk has about 13 grams of carbs a cup of coffee with milk and sugar can be relatively high in carbohydrates. This can be a problem when you are trying to cut back on carbs.  

People on the keto diet switch from milk in their coffee to 1 tablespoon cream which has about 1 gram of carbohydrates. The cream was then substituted to butter, whip enough cream and you get? Butter.  Didn’t we all have to shake cream until it turned into butter in kindergarten?

How to make Bulletproof Keto Coffee?

A popular keto coffee, known as Bulletproof coffee, consists of coffee, grass-fed butter and medium-chain triglycerides  (MTC). Bulletproof Coffee is actually a registered trademark, but the keto community seems to use it for any coffee that has butter and MCT oil in it. (Some people use coconut oil).

Originally Bulletproof was a brand that used 2 cups of coffee, 2 tablespoons of butter (about 200 calories,  28 grams of fat) and 2 tablespoons of MCT oil (260 calories, 30 grams of fat) and then mixed in a blender. Some people add cinnamon and a pinch of salt.

It is also sold as “Brain Octane”. Keto dieters drink it to lose weight quicker, but you also need to keep in mind the total allowed calories/day if you are trying to lose weight.

Bulletproof coffee will give you the caffeine buzz we crave when drinking coffee and butter provides the creaminess and the MCT oil adds a good dose of good fats.

  • Drinkers claim Bulletproof coffee does not give you the crash many coffee drinkers feel after the initial caffeine boost 
  • Others claim Keto coffee provides a longer steadier boost of energy- Some claim to feel less fidgety after coffee when they drink Keto Coffee.
  • The fat combination of butter and MCT keeps your hunger and food cravings down while providing more energy and a clearer focus, hence the “Brain Octane” label associated with Keto Coffee.

The original recipe was started by Dave Ausprey who developed the Bulletproof diet. His coffee claims no mycotoxins, however, that has not been proven. He recommends you drink the Bulletproof coffee in place of breakfast. It has lots of calories due to the fat but is low in nutrients and high in saturated fat from butter.

The jury is not out on saturated fats in terms of health however it's not hard to find studies that claim butter is effective at raising LDL cholesterol levels. People on the keto diet who do not have elevated cholesterol levels can consider drinking keto coffee. It is perhaps best to check with your healthcare provider and monitor your levels if you find you are drinking keto coffee more than just as an occasional drink.

If you are not a coffee drinker you can make the same hot keto drink substituting black or green tea (2 cups) with 2 Tablespoons of butter and 2 Tablespoons of MCT oil. You may wish to skip the salt and cinnamon depending on your preference. How about adding vanilla to your tea or coffee? Use heavy cream instead of butter?

If you are vegan just skip the butter, it won’t be as creamy. If you like your coffee sweet then you will have to come up with a low carb sweetening plan like sorbitol, stevia, or xylitol. Honey and date syrup has too many carbs.  Feel exotic? How about using a pinch of turmeric and almond milk.

I have a hard time with so much oil so I cut everything down. Aspery’s original recipe was used instead of breakfast.  I use one cup of coffee (or tea) and ½ tablespoon of butter and ½ tablespoon of oil. Feel free to experiment and make it right for you.

I have a hard time with so much oil so I cut everything down. Aspery’s original recipe was used instead of breakfast.  I use one cup of coffee (or tea) and ½ tablespoon of butter and ½ tablespoon of oil. Feel free to experiment and make it right for you.

MCT oil can be derived from coconut, but it is much more concentrated in Medium-chain triglycerides as compared to coconut oil. MCT oil contains 100% MCTs, whereas coconut oil only contains anywhere from 45% - 65% MCTs. I buy mine at the pharmacy although some health food stores now carry it.

Whether you are a coffee or a tea drinker whatever you do don’t just stir the ingredients together. You will wind up with an oily mess. Take the time to blend this drink in a blender, or use a hand mixer , or a milk frother. Your efforts will not go unrewarded.

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