Saturday 14 December 2019

It's time to 'bulletproof' your coffee with butter

The 'Fat is Evil' myth is dead

Susan Jane White
Susan Jane White

Susan Jane White

Butter, coconut oil and coffee anyone? Yakaccino? It sounds as appetising as a shot of snot. But this is what's bewitching elite sports stars and setting Twitter alight with happy quaffers.

Bulletproof coffee is carefully designed to arm your afternoon against enemy fire. After all, everyone knows that an empty energy tank is our own worst enemy.

It's not as odd as you may think. Adding butter to hot drinks is a longstanding tradition in Ethiopia and Tibet. The extra fat is regarded as a nourishing source of fuel and fullness to help power a day's work.

The quality of fat is key. Coconut oil is loaded with MCTs - medium chain triglycerides. MCTs are metabolised as energy, as soon as our carbalicious supplies run dry.

Butter contains less MCTs, but it can add an omega-3 element and a helpful dose of butyric acid. So now you know why athletes go bonkers for the stuff.

I certainly found it muted my hunger pangs for the entire morning - unusual for a six-snacks-a-day dame. Normally, I would levitate on one espresso and buzz like a builder's drill. Bulletproofing my coffee managed to slow down that frightening caffeine high, and drip-feed my battery during a monstrously busy morning. This stuff is enough to make a devoted friar feel like John Travolta.

Our attitude towards saturated fat is perverse. The 'fat is evil' mantra is utterly bankrupt in the face of current nutritional science. Fat is not the enemy. It's what we do with it that matters. Nasty hydrogenating techniques plague our food industry and our supermarket shelves. These bastardised fats are found in convenience foods like biscuits, sweets, crisps and sauces. Hydrogenated fat and deep-frying do dodgy things to our arteries and waistlines. They should be avoided if you fancy living in a healthy, bouncing body.

Still, I'm not entirely comfortable telling you to shovel butter into your daily cuppa. It's good for ketogenic diets, where fat is the main fuel for the brain. And it's an option for busy people who would normally eat crap for the afternoon. But the rest of us? Bulletproofing is a worthwhile experiment, with a teaspoon of caution.

Bulletproof Coffee

Socialising a cup of bulletproof coffee with a sticky cupcake is just asking for trouble. It's best taken between meals, if it saves you straddling the office vending machine.

I recommend Joe's coffee beans or 3FE. These coffee houses take charge of their own roasting process, making sure every sacred bean passes the test of excellence. No chemicals or chicanery. Just rapturous applause.

You will need:

1 shot pure espresso or high-grade locally roasted beans

1 tablespoon Irish unsalted butter

1 tablespoon MCT oil, or extra-virgin coconut oil

First, pour boiling hot water into the jug of a blender to warm it up. Then, when your coffee is ready, add the espresso shot to the empty hot blender, along with the unsalted butter and MCT oil or extra-virgin coconut oil, whichever you're using. Blend for six seconds until sumptuous and glossy.

Pour into an espresso glass and enjoy every single lick.

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