Bulletproof coffee has been all the rage these past few years, but does adding MCT Oil to your coffee really do anything?
For more than a month now, I’ve added maybe a 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil to my coffee before I head off to the gym. What I have personally notice and it could be strictly a placebo affect too.
- Increased intensity at the gym
- More awake (I’m at the gym before 6am most days), and I’ve struggled energy wise.
- Slight increase in my lifts.
I should also point on, during this period I’ve also squatted daily.
Is coconut oil the same as bulletproof coffee?
While bulletproof coffee has a proprietary blend, it is essentially MCT Oil.
Coconut Oil is loaded with Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). MCT Oils help keep in you ketosis longer (what the Keto diet is based off of). The benefits of being in Ketosis, and having MCT Oil with your coffee are the following:
- Increase Energy – Coconut Oil is considered a natural thermogentic; thermos heat up your body, which creates more energy and helps burn more fat.
- Improved Metabolism – as us coffee drinkers already know, coffee is a natural laxative, which improves your digestion, and coffee contains caffeine which is a natural metabolism booster.
- Immune Booster the main fatty acid in Coconut Oil is Lauric Acid which is known to protect against bacteria and germs.
Now the downside of having a coconut oil coffee, if you are NOT doing a keto diet (which is high in fat and protein and low in carbohydrates), the recommended serving size of coconut oil is 2 tablespoon which is 28 grams of fat, and for someone like me who tries to limit their fats to 66 grams a day this won’t work. I do 1/2 a tablespoon at most, and I think I’ve seen some benefits to it, for what that is worth.