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Should You Put Butter and Coconut Oil in Your Coffee?

By: Dave Asprey
March 4, 2016

Should You Put Butter and Coconut Oil in Your Coffee?

Lots of people are talking about putting butter in their coffee these days, but they are still doing it wrong.  Hint: don’t stick a pat of margarine on top of your cup of coffee and watch it melt.  At very least, blend in grass-fed butter instead.

Bulletproof Ground Coffee is now available for the first time – in addition to whole beans – so as a reminder here are the basic steps for how to make Bulletproof Coffee correctly, as well as 10 of the most common mistakes to avoid.  For more information, visit:

Butter Coffee Mistakes: 10 Things NOT To Blend Into Your Butter Coffee

Sometimes people get a little too creative with their Bulletproof Coffee.  Sometimes it’s a biochemistry mistake, but sometimes it’s a culinary disaster.  (And we’re not talking disaster pants, either!) Remember, there’s a difference between Bulletproof Coffee and fatty coffee!

1. Whey protein:

Whey is not heat stable and the IGG peptides (from good quality low temp grass fed whey, of course) get damaged by the high temperature of your coffee and the blender’s mechanical action. You can, however, add whey protein to an iced version of Bulletproof Coffee if you blend it gently. (Hint: opt for Upgraded Collagen instead if you want a biochemical protein kick in your normal hot Bulletproof Coffee.)

2. Raw cream:

Raw cream isn’t raw anymore once you put it in hot coffee!  IF you tolerate raw cream (it has more casein protein than cultured butter) and can find it, save this expensive, rare treat for whipping and eating cold, or on top of the coffee after it has cooled a bit by pouring it in an unheated mug. The higher amount of casein in the cream will bind to the antioxidants in coffee, which means you get less of the antioxidant benefits than you’ll get with grass-fed butter or ghee. If you must spoil the antioxidants in your coffee with cream, use pasturized grass fed cream – it’s a lot cheaper, but you’re going to pasturize it with hot coffee anyway!

3. Soy Milk

It can wreak havoc on your hormones. Listen to Dr. Sara Gottfried and cut the soy from your diet! Your estrogens, thyroid levels, etc. will benefit.

4. Casein protein

It removes the antioxidant benefits of coffee. Again, if you want some protein, add some Upgraded Collagen instead.

5. Kale

Not shockingly, kale is gross in coffee. Don’t ruin a batch! 😉

6. Bacon grease

I know a few people love it, but…bleah!

7. Industrial butter and margarine:

Don’t do it – use unsalted grass-fed butter instead.

8. Industrial nut milks:

Most use low quality nuts, many contain carrageenan (which is bad for the gut and liver), or high fructose corn syrup. It’s best to save nuts for eating, not drinking! Or make your own nut milks using your blender…

9. Pumpkin Spice Extractives:

Or any other artificial flavorings, colorings, chemicals, and additives for that matter…

10. Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners:

Everyone reading this already knows how bad sugar is for you, but you should also avoid aspartame, sucralose, Splenda, and other chemical sweeteners known to be toxic.  If you require a sweetener, use Stevia, xylitol, or erythritol.  The free Bulletproof Diet Roadmap lays out in a infographic which sweeteners are best and worst for you. Want more guidance on how to make your butter coffee the right way? We’ve got it covered here:

If you do want to spice up your coffee with some delicious flavors, while keeping it healthy and nutritious, check out last week’s post on the top 15 hacks to Bulletproof Coffee.  Don’t forget: in case you missed, it Bulletproof GROUND Coffee is now available!

What other tips do you have for new Bulletproof Coffee drinkers?

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