Coffee with butter increases cholesterol

A relatively new fashion, is to put butter in the coffee to make it a “dynamite” (also called Bulletproof Coffee), arguing that this particular Coffee contains antioxidants, good cholesterol, vitamin K2 and omega-3 fatty acids, which contribute to good brain function, strength and immune system, and there are many who release their own versions of this “upgraded” coffee . But eventually, this type of coffee, does more harm than good.

Although the hype of this coffee, if I’m not mistaken, was created by the Paleo movement, I wonder how someone can drink that, I think it tastes like grass. You drink coffee for its taste, I can imagine.

One of the promotional videos for the Bulletproof coffee. For “Biohacker”, the inspirer of the specific coffee, you can read in a related article of gizmodo [1].

In a recent study, they found that coffee with butter increased both total cholesterol values to as high as 33%, but also increased LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels, up to 49% [2], which has the effect of increasing the risk of heart disease.

However, strangely enough, it increased a bit and the HDL (aka “good”) cholesterol while lowering triglycerides in the blood, as you can see in the table below.

How to make your own Bulletproof Coffee

If you want to make your own “Bulletproof Coffee“, it’s very simple. Make a coffee as you usually making it and put 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil or coconut milk (full, without sugar or other sweetener). Coconut milk (more cheap than Coconut oil) can be found in supermarkets, but if you buy the oil, you can also use it in cooking.

Fat from coconut oil or coconut milk is not the same as meat or dairy fat. These are called Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs, although recently named fatty acids because the word triglycerides was terrifying to people) and have the ability to be absorbed directly by the body to provide energy when there is no other source available (like when someone is on a diet) [3]. These fats also can help to burn fat and lose weight [4], while they may have and other good benefits for the body [5, 6].


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