What goes into your morning cup of joe? If you’re still just a cream and sugar kind of guy, then it’s time to up your game. Coconut oil has been making the rounds of pretty much everything lately, and coffee is no exception. After all, if it can put in your hair, your food and on your skin, then why not in coffee?
The question is…what would be the benefits of putting coconut oil in your coffee? Well, it’s pretty simple. Coconut oil helps to create energy and burn more fat. The caffeine in coffee already gives your metabolism a boost, but when mixed with coconut oil, that result is even greater! Coconut oil is also a natural laxative, so it improves your digestion as well.
Then there’s the matter of fats. As we know, there are good fats and bad fats. Bad fats are long-chain fatty acids, and we now know that these have a multitude of adverse health effects. However, the type of fatty acids that are found in coconut oil are called MCTs. This stands for medium-chain triglycerides, and this type is directly linked to weight loss as opposed to weight gain.
Now don’t get too excited! This doesn’t mean you should start chugging a tub of coconut oil every morning with your coffee. It’s all about moderation and a little moderation like a spoonful or two, can and probably will have a positive impact on your overall health and weight.
So, let’s dive in a little deeper and have a look at the top ten benefits to having a few spoonfuls of coconut oil in your morning coffee.
- MCT and its benefits
- Weight loss advantages
- Boost to the immune system
- Improve digestion
- Regulates blood sugar
- Improve brain function
- Protect against disease
- Improves heart health
- Potentially keeps cancer at bay
- Benefits to mental and dental health
MCT and its benefits
If you love coffee for the boost in energy that it gives you, then MCT’s are right up your alley. Caffeine is a stimulant that gives you a quick boost of energy when it releases adrenaline. This process makes your heart beat faster and produces extra blood that begins to flow through your system and releases more sugar that, in turn, provides more energy. Your brain function increases, and you feel more alert.
Now add MCT’s to the mix and your energy boost will start to come directly from your metabolism. This is because the fatty acids that are in coconut oil get absorbed faster. It’s the difference between long-chain and medium-chain fatty acids. Long means that they take longer, medium means they move quicker and start being used in the body as fuel, instead of being stored as fat.
Want to know more about the incredible benefits of MCT oil? Read an article that dives deeper into the topic HERE.
Weight loss advantages
The combination of coffee and coconut oil means a greater potential for weight loss. This is because coffee already raises your metabolism, burn calories, and fat faster. Coconut oil helps with your satiety. In other words, appetite control. If you struggle with overeating, this is a great help. Both these substances together work well to complement each other and work in your favor.
Boost to the immune system
This reason is quite incredible. Coconut oil can help boost your immune system! About 50% of it made up of something called Lauric Acid -this is the awesome immune boosting stuff that is found in breast milk! No wonder coconut oil works wonders! Lauric acid has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal abilities. By adding coconut oil to your coffee each day, you can quickly decrease the amount of colds and flu that you are typically susceptible to.
Coconut oil can also help the body to absorb more vitamins from your food. Vitamins like A,D,E, and K. And if all of this wasn’t enough, it also boosts the antioxidant absorption in your body and improves your skin with extra hydration.
Good digestive health is categorized by how quickly the body absorbs its nutrients and disposes of its waste products. Coconut oil is an excellent stimulant, and it functions as a lubricant. This makes your daily trip to the bathroom more pleasant.
Regulates blood sugar
Just like coffee, coconut oil regulates blood sugar-therefore the two together are a match made in heaven. Coconut oil does not require insulin to be processed; this means no spike in the blood sugar as it is processed. Coffee and coconut oil together have also been shown to reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes!
Improves brain function
Some researchers have seen improvement in Alzheimer’s patients after they gave them coffee and coconut oil. This seems to be mostly due to the ketones. In these patients, their brains are resistant to insulin, and so they don’t get enough fuel to their brains in the form of glucose. With coconut oil, its ketones are being used for brain function so improvements are seen in healthy people as well as those with brain health issues.
Protect against diseases
Although it is still very new, there is a lot of research being done on the connection between coconut oil and the prevention of neurological disorders. Coffee has already been shown to reduce the risks associated with Parkinson’s disease and MS. Perhaps coconut oil will be the same! Again, this is where the ketones come in. A keto diet and the ketones that it produces for fuel, seem to have healthy and preventative benefits to the body.
Improves heart health
In people that drink a lot of coffee, there have been links to high blood pressure. However, coconut oil reduces this risk while also increasing good cholesterol. There is a lot in this area that still needs to be researched; however, the benefits to coconut oil in your coffee just keep adding up!
Potentially keeps cancer at bay
Coffee has already been shown to reduce the chances of cancers such as liver, colorectal, and melanoma. Coconut oil seems to be particularly beneficial in fighting colon cancer. Once again, this appears to be due to the lauric acid and ketones. Cancer cells need glucose and sugar to multiply. By following a keto diet -which is a diet that features coconut oil very prominently and notably, encourages the use of MCT oils in morning coffee-the risk of certain cancers can be reduced.
Benefits to mental and dental health
We already know that coffee can make us happier. Several cups a day has been proven to decrease the risk of depression as well as improve alertness and brain function. Coconut oil can improve your dental health (which is good because coffee does stain your teeth!) Its anti-bacterial properties help to prevent gingivitis and cavities.
What about the taste?
Do I want coconut oil in my coffee…?
First of all, putting coconut oil in your coffee will not make it taste like coconuts. We guarantee that! That’s because the flavor of coconut oil is not sweet. Unlike sugars or syrups that make coffee overly sweet-tasting, coconut oil is a more mellow flavor. A slight, natural sweetness but not one that is fake tasting. It also lends itself well to blending with other flavors. Flavors like vanilla and pumpkin spice can make your coconut oil coffee delicious either hot or cold. Most people who have tried adding coconut oil to their coffee have loved it.
If I add coconut oil to my regular coffee, does that mean I’m drinking a Bulletproof coffee?
Should I avoid breakfast if I put coconut oil in my morning coffee?
These are great questions and ones that can benefit from some clarification. First of all, the answer is NO. Just because you added a spoonful of coconut oil to your coffee, does not make it bulletproof.
What is Bulletproof exactly?
Bulletproof coffee is defined as a drink that consists of brewed coffee, grass-fed unsalted butter or ghee, and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil. MCT is a high octane coconut oil. This is all blended together until it creates a frothy drink, similar to a latte.
And, YES to question number two -the idea behind this drink is to replace your regular daily breakfast with a cup of bulletproof coffee.
Also, it’s important to note that MCT oil (coconut oil), can for some people, have a harsh effect on the stomach. Many people who have tried it have suggested starting small and slowly leading up to the recommended tablespoon per cup. This is not unreasonable at all. Like most dietary changes, small baby steps are easier to handle and maintain long term.
Need a good coffee recipe to get yourself started? Try this one!
What you’ll need:
- Single-origin organic Arabica coffee beans (enough to make two cups of coffee)
- A coffee maker like an Aeropress, French Press or Chemex -all good options!
- Grass-fed butter or ghee (enough for two tablespoons)
- MCT oil
How to make it:
- Grind the beans and make your coffee. Be sure to make enough for two cups.
- Add two tablespoons of grass-fed butter or ghee.
- Add one to two tablespoons (start small) of coconut oil (or MCT oil)
- Blend for about thirty seconds and then…ENJOY!
The health benefits of coconut oil in your coffee have been seen and felt by people all over the world. And, as outlined above the benefits range from physical to mental and back again. It’s an easy thing to do for your health, and you may even find that your lifestyle as a whole begins to change for the better. Today it might be a few spoonfuls of coconut oil, and tomorrow it may be a full-blown ketogenic diet. So, go ahead and try it, your body and your brain will thank you!