If you’re among the more committed coffee types out there, chances are you’ll have heard plenty about a rather weird concoction going by the name of ‘bulletproof coffee’ as of late. And if not, you may well have heard about the idea of taking a cup of coffee and plopping in a sizeable dose of butter…and a splash of oil. A trend that did a pretty decent job of sweeping the nation over in the US…at least temporarily…this buttery beverage apparently took things so far beyond a new taste experience to deliver genuine health benefits. Unsurprisingly, the most tantalizing of all was and is the claim of bulletproof coffee helping you lose weight, while at the same time enjoying increased energy levels.


All by adding butter to your coffee? To any coffee?


Yeah…we’re rather sceptical about this one too.


Buttered Coffee For Weight Loss

Now, apparently the one caveat in the whole matter is that the butter itself has to be grass-fed and unsalted while to oil you slosh in needs to be medium-chain triglyceride oil, or MCT. You’d also have to use low-toxicity coffee beans of the highest quality to get any of the apparent benefits, but even with all such specific instructions and ingredients, things still don’t seem to add up.


Unsurprisingly, there’s absolutely no scientific evidence to date that buttered coffee does you any good at all or in anything more than a wacky fad dreamed up by a comedian just for the sake of it. Those swearing by the idea are basically backing their theories with existing knowledge about butter, which we do know is a solid source of helpful glycosphingolipids and both omega-3 and omega-6 fats. As such, there’s reason to believe butter in itself can help hold onto the energy that comes from caffeine for a little bit longer. And as there’s evidence to suggest that caffeine can speed up the metabolism and encourage healthy weight loss, you can sort of see why these folk put two and two together and came up with five.


Added MCT

The most common and popular source of MCT is coconut oil, so it’s pretty easy to get hold of right now. Evidence suggests that MCT does indeed have some beneficial properties in relation to brain function in particular, so there’s some good to be had from using the stuff.


On the whole therefore, it’s a tale wherein both butter and MCT may indeed have a positive effect on the body, but does this necessarily mean you should be adding them to your coffee?


Let’s put it this way – cod liver oil and pureed Brussels sprouts are both good for you, but you’re not about to start stirring them into your tea, are you? And what’s more, there’s absolutely no scientific proof whatsoever that eating butter in any way, shape or form contributes to weight loss. Sure, you’ll hold onto the caffeine energy for longer, but only at the same time as you’re eating large doses of near-pure fat.


Chalk one up for common sense on this occasion people…stick to milk and sugar.