It’s morning. Your alarm goes off. You drag yourself out of bed after hitting the snooze button three times. It’s an emergency coffee situation. How will you ever make it through the rest of the day? By 10 o’clock you are tired and have your daily mantra echoing in your head “must get more coffee”. Sound familiar? Every caffeine addict can relate to this daily ritual however, perhaps there is a better way to get through the day.
Enter Keto Coffee.
What is Keto Coffee?
Keto coffee is a coffee recipe that is designed to replace breakfast, give you boundless energy and increase your cognitive function. If you are wondering how you are going to make it through the morning with just a cup of coffee, you are in for a surprise. This coffee includes saturated fat. Lots of it. Great news for those on a keto diet. The average keto coffee recipe includes brewed coffee, grass fed unsalted butter and MCT oil. Blend it all up, drink it and go on with your day. Before we explore why this is a good idea, and how it works, we need to first understand a little about saturated fat.
Most of us grew up thinking that saturated fat is bad for us. We were told it raises our cholesterol which increases our chance of heart disease. Several recent studies have shown this to be false. In a review study which included a review of 21 studies including 347 747 participants concluded that there is no evidence linking heart disease and saturated fat. There are however, benefits to saturated fats. Saturated fat is a healthy option for cooking due to its resistance to heat induced damage. This is not true of polyunsaturated fats such as vegetable oils which produce free radicals when exposed to heat. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage the cells in your body. Another benefit of unprocessed fat is it is satisfying and helps curb food cravings.
Although the Keto diet cuts out most of the indulgences, such as sugar, pastries and candy, thankfully coffee is still on the menu. The caffeine in coffee contains no sugar or net carbs. Known benefits of coffee are: it increases mental focus while also reducing brain fog. It increases mood while giving you an energy boost. A definite plus if you are watching your weight is coffee is an effective appetite suppressant, resulting in you eating fewer calories. Another surprising benefit is coffee increases your metabolic rate. A higher metabolic rate simply means your body converts food into energy at a higher rate.
One of the main ingredients in Keto coffee is butter from grass fed cows. Studies have shown butter to have many health benefits. Butter is packed with fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins A and D. Butter also contains an impressive amount of minerals such as chromium, manganese, iodine and others. The carotene contained in it promotes cell repair while protecting the body from numerous infections.
Why does the butter have to be from grass-fed cows? Simply put butter from grain fed cows contains a higher concentration of omega 6 and omega 9. These are undesirable oils. For those of you who want to enjoy keto coffee but can’t tolerate dairy, there is a ghee option available. Ghee is made by melting butter from grass fed cows. Once melted, liquid fats and milk solids separate out. Once these ingredients are separated out, the milk solids are removed, resulting in less lactose than regular butter.
MCT oil is a supplement that is made from fat found in oils and dairy products. It can help with weight loss and boosts endurance. It has also been known to increase mental clarity. MCT oil is processed differently by the body than other fats. They go from the gut straight to the liver and are converted into ketones to be used as an energy source. Ketones are used as an energy source and are produced by the liver breaking down fat. There are two types of MCT oil. Unrefined coconut oil and refined MCT oil. The advantages of unrefined coconut oil are; it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral. It is however lower in MCT than refined MCT oil. Refined MCT oil is higher in MCT, but has the disadvantages of being a processed food, potentially resulting in contaminants due to the refining process.
Where Does Keto Coffee Come from?
Keto coffee was discovered by Dave Asprey while he was hiking in Tibet in 2004. Being at a high altitude made him feel weak due to the thinner atmosphere. After stumbling into a one bedroom hut, a tibetan woman gave him yak butter tea. After a few minutes he felt energised and had new found mental clarity. After that experience, he began experimenting with different recipes, until he created keto coffee. He has gone on to market his creation under the name Bulletproof Coffee.
Keto Coffee and the Keto Diet
Keto coffee is hugely beneficial to people on a ketogenic diet. The keto diet is a high fat, low carb eating plan that is designed to get your body into a metabolic state where your body burns fat for energy. One of the biggest difficulties keto dieters find, is how to consume 70% of their diet from fat. Keto coffee is especially helpful due to its high fat content, helping dieters reach ketosis. Also the fat and MCT oil help dieters feel satiated which can prevent overeating.
Keto coffee has many benefits whether you are on the keto diet or not. It is high in nutrient dense saturated fat making it highly satisfying. It has other benefits such as increased mental power, increased metabolism and increased mood.