By Nancy Smorch
I’m not normally a big coffee drinker, but Lindsey started making her “Bulletproof Coffee” again this morning, and was telling me why it was supposed to be so good for you so I thought I would try it. And, it was surprisingly really good.
I thought I would do more research into why Bulletproof Coffee was so good for you. What a fun day it has been - exploring and learning about the health benefits of good coffee, and the detrimental effect on your health that bad coffee can have. I love it!
Here’s the quick low down on why coffee can be bad for you:
There is a common mold that grows on the coffee beans which is responsible for the bad rap coffee gets. These molds produce mycotoxins which are responsible for a number of issues including brain damage, kidney disease, and hypertension, among other ailments.
Therefore, it's important to make sure your coffee is made from the highest-quality coffee beans, which are typically grown in Central America at higher elevations where mold is scarce.
The best coffee beans also typically come from smaller estate farms - not the huge farms that many popular coffee brands get their beans from.
The way a coffee bean is processed is also important. You will find a huge variation in the amount of toxic mold in the bean depending on how long the coffee is allowed to ferment and on how damaged the beans were before roasting.
Check out Dave Asprey’s site to get a more in-depth explanation of what makes a good coffee bean, and the health benefits you can experience from a good bean and coffee.
So, back to the Bulletproof Coffee.
Simply put, it’s a cup of good-quality coffee, at least 2 Tbsp. pasture butter (preferably unsalted), and 1 - 2 Tbsp. MCT oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride such as coconut oil). Put it all in a blender for 20 seconds and it’s done.
Now Dave Asprey has, what he calls an Upgraded Brain Octane Oil, which is an MCT that is more potent than coconut oil. I have not tried it, but I just ordered some today to play around with and see if there’s a big difference between that and coconut oil.
Dave has done some amazing research in various areas of health, and his website is full of really interesting ways that he has discovered to increase his immunity, mental clarity, IQ, strength, and overall vitality. He spent the last 15 years and over $300,000 to “hack” his own biology, and shares the results of this journey on his site. I find it fascinating, as I’m always looking for ways to feel even better, have even more energy, and experience even better performance.
Check out the full recipe for Dave’s Bulletproof Coffee here, and let me know what you think!