We're excited to have the inventor of Bulletproof® Coffee, Dave Asprey, contribute to the PT blog today. We are fans and believers in Bulletproof coffee (it's on our list of paleo desserts), drinking it every morning (we add cacao butter and coconut oil in addition to butter) and noticing a big difference when we miss a day.
Want More Energy Each Day? Add Butter to Your Coffee
A key discovery of the Bulletproof diet is that there’s a rhythm to the body’s requirements. Eating (or avoiding) specific foods at certain times of day can cause a desired reaction in the body like giving you more energy. It all starts with the most important meal (or in my case, beverage) of the day – breakfast. If you want more energy each day, add butter to your coffee.
Making the discovery
I first learned about the power of blended butter from a tiny Tibetan woman at 18,300 feet elevation in a remote part of Tibet near Mt. Kailash. In 2004, I staggered into her guesthouse chilled from the -10 degree air, and she rejuvenated me with a creamy cup of traditional yak butter tea. I couldn’t get enough of it. The biohacker in me asked, “Why does drinking this stuff make me feel so good even though there’s no air?
When I returned home I brewed some tea, tossed it in the blender with some butter, and experienced nothing but a greasy cup of tea. Clearly, something different was happening back in Tibet. I picked up some high-end tea from a local Chinese merchant, but it still didn't have the magical effect I remembered. So I went to my local Whole Foods and another gourmet store, where I bought every single brand of gourmet butter from around the world to see if the butter was the variable that mattered. It was.
The right recipe
After trying each of them, I learned that the trick was to use unsalted butter from grass fed cows. If you’re lucky, you can get it from a local farmer, but for the rest of us, Kerrygold Irish Butter (in the US and EU) and Anchor New Zealand Butter (in much of Asia and Australia) fits the bill.
Together, these ingredients created the creamiest, most delicious, performance boosting cup of coffee I’d ever experienced. This is Bulletproof Coffee . For more than seven years I have started each and every day with a cup of Bulletproof coffee, using the extra energy and brainpower to hack my body while blowing the doors off my career and thriving in every area of my life. It turned my brain back on and freed me from food cravings, and it’s done the same thing for tens of thousands of others.
Why this works
By taking coffee with fat, you temporarily suppress all gut bacteria and then provide food for the “thin people” bacteria so they can proliferate. This is something I can actually see in my own gut panels and in Bulletproof Dieters’ uBiome results when they share them with me. They have above average amounts of bacteriodetes, the bacteria associated with being lean, and fewer of the firmicutes class, associated with being obese. You should have some of both for optimal health, but changing the ratio really impacts your energy level and ability to regulate your own weight.
It’s also important to blend the butter into your coffee rather than stirring it because blending the butter breaks it up into something called micelles, which allow your body to use fat for energy. Your bile produces micelles, too, but the more of them you have, the more fat your body can use. This means blending butter into your coffee assists your body in using fat as a source of energy. If you peel back the wrapper on a stick of butter and eat it like a Snickers bar alongside a cup of coffee, the results are not the same. I should know – I’ve tried it!
The Bulletproof diet gives a simple road map that will help you make better choices so you can eat more of the foods that move your health and performance in the right direction and fewer of the ones that don’t support your goals. With this information, you’ll learn important life hacks like if you want more energy, add butter to your coffee.
Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur who spent 15 years and $300,000 to hack his own biology, losing 100 pounds, upgrading his IQ, and lowering his biological age. He runs the No. 1-ranked iTunes health podcast and The Bulletproof Executive blog about using biohacking to increase human performance — and he invented Bulletproof Coffee.