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Bulletproof coffee mystery

Myth or fact?

Bulletproof coffee mystery

What is that again? Who and why would you want to convince me again about something new and totally bombastic? What is does “bulletproof coffee” means exactly?

This is the newest morning drink in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street and it’s shaking up the United States every morning and all day. It’s a breakthrough with the promise of

  1. good health
  2. 5-6 hours of spinning
  3. doesn’t overdose the heart
  4. increases the IQ
  5. and helps you to lose weight.

Made for those who are living like a superhero type of life: brokers, health-achievement fetishists, and movie starts.

I’m not one of them, but the promises interest me, so I looked into this mystery.

The original drink

was a yak butter tea, which comes from Tibet, that monks and sherpas used to drink to keep themselves fit and to be able to handle and fight the extreme weather and rare air in the high mountains. They really need something like this to keep them alive over 6000 meters high.

Bulletproof coffee

was created by Dave Asprey, a famous tech guru in the USA. He tasted this Tibetan tea and then wanted to make something different but with the same effects. So, he made it with coffee instead of tea and quickly also made his own labeled coffee, green-butter, and coconut oil for the project. He was working on the recipe over 5 years and spent 3OO thousand US dollars for scientific studies just to prove that this coffee helps the brain metabolism, and finally gave us the final form:

  • Double espresso or 2.3 dl black coffee
  • 2 teaspoons ghee, clean butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

You need to mix it well for 2-3 minutes to get a creamy consistency then drink it as a breakfast and do not have anything else in the morning. Drink it just as is: no sugar, no additional ingredients; it’s strictly prohibited.

The fats start to work as a ketogenic process, which means our body will cover its energy consumption from this fat, and when it runs out, it will take the accumulated ones from our body.

Asprey said since he is drinking this coffee instead of breakfast he:

  • Lost 40kg with a quicker metabolism, without any diet or training,
  • Increased his IQ by 12
  • 5 hours sleep is enough for him/day
  • Increased his focus for 6-7 hours

And of course, all of these benefits are proven by doctors.

The taste is not as terrible as we expect – as people who have tried it say. Color and shape as cappuccino; creamy and thick.

Asprey reported some possible disadvantages:

  • Diarrhea is possible in the short run
  • Sick or caffeine-sensitive people can count on the caffeine side effects
  • For those with heart problems, don’t try
  • With gall bladder and pancreatitis not recommended
  • After the 6-7 hours spinning going down comes suddenly and deeply, only for a few minutes but it’s like you’ve simply fallen asleep at that moment.

Though the benefits sound good, I don’t want to shock my body with this.


I don’t think that this is good for the stomach for a long period, let’s see my contras:

It’s a fact that saturated fat was unfairly demonized in the past – as science says nowadays. Butter is an easily digestible and easily absorbed fat and an excellent source of fat-soluble vitamins. It mostly contains saturated fats, but also includes a lot of unsaturated fat. The coconut oil contains lauric acid, an MCT fat which is directly used by the liver, containing a lot of energy.

Recent high quality studies have shown that it doesn’t cause heart diseases- assuming usual intake. But just because a small amount of something is healthy, it doesn’t mean that an unnatural amount of it is healthier, or even safe.

  • A cup of Bulletproof coffee delivers not an ordinary amount of saturated fats into the body.

In butter and coconut oil there, are some Vitamins, no doubt. But no protein, no dietary fibers, no vitamin C, B2, niacin, etc., and it’s low on micronutrients.

I believe there is no artificial multivitamin product that can replace the thousands of trace nutrients of real food. So, even Bulletproof Coffee can’t replace a balanced breakfast.

  • The question of sleeping time also makes me think: you can get used to a lot of circumstances, such as less sleeping. But if something seems good currently, does it mean it’s okay on the long run too? Is it sure? Adults need to sleep approximately 7-9 hours every night (recommendation of National Sleep Foundation). But stimulants, like coffee interferes with our “circadian rhythm,” or natural sleep/wake cycle.

Although some people feel rested on just a few hours of sleep a night, research shows that people who sleep fewer than 7 hours don't perform as well on complex mental tasks compared to people who get closer to seven hours of sleep a night.

  • I wouldn’t recommend Bulletproof Coffee to anyone who wants to lose weight, because even if it would work, it's not a healthy weight loss.
  • I also do not suggest it for those who want a higher IQ, because it only makes you think for hours how these advantages cannot be held constantly.

If you can not beat your curiosity, maybe with a light breakfast, it’s worth to try for a week to experience if it has good effect on our body or not, but I think this alone can’t be breakfast for someone who lives a normal city life.

It’s not incidental that this was invented for Sherpas who work under strong pressure of nature, temperature, and have to exert extreme physical effort almost every day.

We are different people with different bodies and digestion, and as I know mine, I’d rather say no for being bulletproof this way.



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