Thankfully, the low fat fad is fading. After a generation of the myth that dietary cholesterol and fat, especially saturated fats, are bad for you, public awareness that these foods are not so bad after all, and even beneficial for us, is growing. The low fat fad has helped fuel an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer's and heart disease.
Our brain is mostly fat and cholesterol. Fifty percent of our brain is saturated fat. Twenty five percent is DHA, an omega 3 fat found in cold water fish, egg yolks and pasture fed meats.
Saturated fats and cholesterol act as antioxidants, preventing oxidation of the less-stable DHA. We also need fats to absorb out fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as many plant nutrients.
Dave Asprey, found of bulletproofexec.com, promotes what he calls bulletproof coffee. "Bulletproof" is his term for optimum health. Bulletproof coffee is a combination of coffee, pasture butter and MCT oil. More and more health benefits of coffee are being discovered. For many Americans, coffee might be their primary source of antioxidants. Coffee drinkers are less likely to get Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and pancreatic and breast cancer. However, using non-dairy creamers and adding sweeteners to coffee will negate many of its benefits. You need to use pasture butter like Kerrygold or Organic Valley Pasture Butter. The pasture designation is important, as this is the most nutritious butter. Non pasture organic butter is from cows fed corn and soybeans, which degrade the quality of the fats by decreasing or eliminating the omega 3 fats. MCT oil is a derivative of coconut oil. You can use coconut oil until you get some MCT oil. You can contact us if you need MCT oil.
Dave Asprey has sourced a high altitude, low toxin coffee that he sells on his website, but any good organic coffee will do. To make two cups of coffee, blend in 1-3 tablespoons of unsalted pasture butter and 2 tablespoons of MCT oil. Start with lower amounts and work you way up to what works for you as you may get loose stools. In a blender it becomes a latte. I simply stir these into the coffee or shake them together in a pre-heated quart jar.
So what happens when you drink bulletproof coffee? It turns us into fat burners. You'll have hours of brain and body energy, no hunger, and a sense of wellbeing.
Weight gain is caused by excess insulin secretion. Insulin is the fat storage hormone and is secreted by our pancreas in response to sugar and starches, especially wheat. Protein, to a lesser degree also stimulates insulin. As long as insulin is elevated, we cannot burn fat. Dietary fat does not stimulate insulin secretion. Along with a breakfast of protein and vegetables, like kale, broccoli or spinach, the bulletproof coffee helps to lose weight, increase energy and reduce cravings.
It is not uncommon for people starting bulletproof coffee to quickly drop pounds and decrease bodyfat percentage.
Those who don't like coffee can use tea or chai without sweetener or if you must have sweetener use a few drops of stevia or xylitol.
Try it, see how you feel!