What's the Deal With Bulletproof Coffee?

It's not your normal a.m. pick-me-up—here's what's behind all the hype.

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Had enough of raw foods, juice fasts, and the Paleo Diet? The latest, uh, “bulletproof” food fad is Bulletproof coffee—a mixture of coffee, butter, and MCT oil (coconut oil extract) blended in one breakfast-replacement drink. After Bulletproof Executive founder Dave Asprey traveled to the Himalayas, where he tried yak butter tea, he became a “power of butter” convert—and started promoting the coffee drink as part of his Bulletproof Executive self-improvement plan.

Though Asprey claims the concoction kills cravings, boosts cognitive function, energizes, and burns fat, some nutritionists are skeptical. “I would love to see more studies before advising people to jump on the bandwagon,” says Rochelle Sirota MS, RD, who worries that a breakfast of BPC lacks essential minerals, fiber, and other nutrients. “Unless you have a very active lifestyle, I would imagine that it is too high in calories and too low in micronutrients to be considered a meal,” she says. She also does not recommend the drink for people with high cholesterol, since the butter can exacerbate it.

Though you can buy Bulletproof Coffee, it’s easy to make with this recipe. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be Superwoman before the day even begins. Maybe, on the other hand, you’ll decide to stick to Sanka.


• 1-2 cups (8-12 oz.) of fresh-brewed, organic coffee
• Add 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil (If it’s too strong, start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days).
• Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter (Asprey recommends Kerrygold)
• Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like a foamy latte