Is Bulletproof Coffee Bad For You? (The Truth)

Bulletproof coffee is an emerging diet trend that’s gaining popularity among low-carb and keto followers.

It’s a heavy drink made of coffee, butter, and oil that can be drunk as a breakfast substitute.

It was created by Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Diet’s founder, author, and American entrepreneur.

Short Answer: Despite the so-called advantages of Bulletproof coffee, like giving long-lasting energy and improving mental focus while suppressing hunger, there’s insufficient evidence to confirm Bulletproof coffee’s possible health benefits or hazards.

In this article, we’ll explore what Bulletproof coffee is and how you can make it at home. We’ll also look at its potential health benefits and drawbacks.

So let’s start!

What is Bulletproof coffee?

Bulletproof coffee in a glass

Bulletproof coffee is a high-calorie coffee drink that’s meant to be consumed instead of breakfast. It’s very popular among keto and low-carb dieters.

You can make this coffee by combining 28 grams (2 tablespoons) of unsalted, grass-fed butter, 470 mL (2 cups) of coffee, and 15–30 mL (1–2 tablespoons) of MCT oil.

Though drinking Bulletproof coffee on occasion is not harmful, excessive consumption isn’t recommended because of its high-fat content.

What does Bulletproof coffee taste like?

Bulletproof coffee is often described as “creamy, rich, and energizing, prepared with quality fats.”

Aside from being creamier and much richer than regular coffee beverages, you’ll definitely notice the butter that’s been blended in. Although it isn’t overbearing, it does leave a greasy aftertaste.

Those who prefer the strong and crisp taste of coffee in the morning may not enjoy Bulletproof coffee. But if you’re more of the adventurous kind and enjoy experimenting, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy it. After you get past the initial taste of butter, it’s actually delicious!

How much caffeine is in a cup of bulletproof coffee?

White tiles spelling out caffeine.

Bulletproof coffee’s caffeine content can vary depending upon the amount of coffee you use in your recipe.

Typically, it would have about the same amount of caffeine as that of drip coffee, as it calls for the same quantity of coffee grounds that are used to prepare it. If you’d like to know more about drip coffee, I have a comprehensive post on it that you can check out.

The caffeine content of Bulletproof coffee could range from about 115–175 mg depending on the quality of the coffee beans.

If you’d like to compare the caffeine levels of other caffeinated drinks to Bulletproof coffee or simply keep track of your caffeine intake, refer to the table below, which provides the amount of caffeine found in other coffee drinks.

Caffeinated BeverageService Size Caffeine content per ounce
Decaf coffee (instant)8 fl. oz.0.25 – 0.38 mg
Decaf coffee (brewed)8 fl. oz.0.38 – 0.5 mg
Drip coffee8 fl. oz.8.13 mg – 15 mg
Brewed Coffee8 fl. oz.11.88 mg
Cold-brew coffee16 fl. oz12.5 mg 
Nitro Coffee (Nitro Cold Brew Coffee)16 fl. oz.20.31 mg
Espresso2 fl. oz. (1 shot)30 – 51.34 mg
The caffeine content in different coffee drinks.

What are the benefits of Bulletproof coffee?

It may help with weight loss

According to studies, MCTs or Medium-chain triglycerides -one of the key components of Bulletproof coffee-metabolize fast. As a result, they’re an effective ingredient for weight loss.

Grass-fed butter contains high levels of omega-3s, which have anti-inflammatory properties and may improve energy levels, brain function, and digestive health.

It enhances brain function

Caffeine has been shown in studies to be particularly beneficial in increasing brain function short term.

Further study shows that the caffeine in Bulletproof coffee improves various areas of brain function and that includes reaction time, alertness, attention, mood, and general mental function.

I invite you to read my other article about the benefits of coffee to our overall health if you’d like to know more right here.

It’s high in healthy fats

Bulletproof coffee’s ingredients of healthy oils and grass-fed butter are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These acids help lower triglycerides, blood pressure, and stop the formation of arterial plaques.

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids also aid in lessening depression.

Potential downsides of Bulletproof coffee

A woman looking at the camera while holding a white mug of coffee and drinking it.

Low in nutrients

Bulletproof coffee advocates recommend drinking it in place of breakfast every morning, but I don’t think it’s a good idea.

In my opinion, Bulletproof coffee can never replace a nutritious breakfast.

Although Bulletproof coffee has beneficial fats that give you energy and help you lose weight, it lacks a lot of other nutrients that our bodies need.

Grass-fed butter contains the following:

  • butyrate
  • CLA (a type of healthy fat)
  • vitamins A
  • vitamin K2
  • MCT oil

The truth is, MCT oil is a refined and processed partly man-made fat.

A healthy body needs more or less 3 nutritious meals per day, and substituting breakfast with Bulletproof coffee may reduce your total nutrient intake by one-third.

High in saturated fat

Bulletproof coffee contains a lot of saturated fat.

Although the effects of saturated fat on our health are controversial, many health experts believe that high intake can become a major risk factor and, therefore, should be avoided.

While saturated fat can be a healthy part of a balanced diet when consumed in moderation, it can be damaging to your health if consumed in large amounts.

If you are concerned about your high cholesterol levels, you shouldn’t drink too much Bulletproof coffee—or better yet, avoid it entirely.

May raise your cholesterol levels

Extensive research has been made on ketogenic and low-carb diets, which often have a high-fat content.

Though not everybody reacts the same way to a high-fat diet, a lot of people notice a dramatic increase in their LDL or bad cholesterol which increases the risk for heart disease.

Butter -one of the main ingredients of Bulletproof coffee has been shown to raise LDL levels in our body.

People who are already experiencing cholesterol issues while on a keto or low-carb diet should avoid consuming large amounts of butter, and this includes Bulletproof coffee.

How do you make Bulletproof coffee?

To make Bulletproof coffee, simply follow these 4 steps:

  1. Brew 1 cup of coffee in a French press using freshly ground coffee beans.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, which usually comes from coconut oil.
  3. Then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of unsalted, grass-fed butter or a non-dairy alternative.
  4. Now mix all of it in a blender for about 20 to 30 seconds.

The final coffee mix should look creamy and foamy. It’s usually consumed warm.

Watch the video below to get a sense of how Bulletproof coffee is made.

How to make Bulletproof coffee?

Where to buy Bulletproof coffee

If you can’t find Bulletproof Coffee in your local coffee shop, grocery store, warehouse club, or drug store, the best place to find it is online. Like most consumer products, the best sites to buy Bulletproof coffee online are Amazon, Target, or Walmart.

To sum it all up

Bulletproof coffee is a high-fat coffee concoction that can be drunk instead of eating breakfast. It’s very popular among people who follow a low-carbohydrate or ketogenic diet.

While it is energizing and filling, it also has some possible drawbacks, such as elevated cholesterol, overall vitamin deficiency, and high quantities of saturated fat, which increase the risk of heart disease.

Bulletproof coffee can be safe to consume for those who have normal cholesterol levels as well as those who follow a ketogenic or low-carb diet.

If you’re planning to try Bulletproof coffee, it may be wise to consult your healthcare expert first to get your blood markers checked.

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Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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