Want to try out that whole “Bulletproof coffee” thing and mix organic coconut oil, butter, or some other healthy fats into your coffee? If you try doing it with a regular spoon, the same way you’d mix in sugar or milk, you’re not going to get the correct experience.
Many people use blenders to put coconut oil in coffee because it seems to break down the oil and allows it to better mix with the water. If you use just a spoon, you might find that the coconut oil and water just don’t separate enough. However, if you use a blender, you do run the risk of making a big mess.
In this article, we’re going to take a quick look at the benefits of adding coconut oil in coffee, how much you should use, and what tools can help mix them better. Then you’ll be ready to make coconut oil coffee to your heart’s content!
Why put coconut oil in coffee?
At first, the idea of adding coconut oil in your coffee sounds strange, but hear us out! The saturated fat in coconut oil is also known as Medium Chain Triacylglycerols (or MCT’s for short). MCT oil is actually known to help with weight management, and while they are far from a magic bullet, they can have their health benefits. The benefits of coconut oil are many, and when combined with morning coffee, really takes things to the next level
The health benefits of putting coconut oil in coffee
A great energy boost
If you’re a fan of the energy you get from caffeine, the MCTs in coconut oil that we mentioned earlier on have been linked to increased energy levels. While caffeine is a stimulant for the release of adrenaline and other triggers, the energy that comes from coconut oil in coffee hits you at a metabolic level. Also, coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids and saturated fat, which is quickly absorbed, meaning that they get used by your body a lot quicker, and with better efficiency. This type of fat is not bad for you, which many people are usually worried about.
Great for weight loss
The combination of coffee and virgin coconut oil helps you with your weight management. While coffee on its own raises your metabolism and encourages weight loss, with heightened calorie-burn potential. Similarly, the benefits of coconut oil help suppress your appetite, meaning that you eat less. This is because it is known as a satiating fat, helping you feel a little fuller from your coffee than you would expect.
Through the combination of higher metabolism and a suppressed appetite, coconut oil in coffee is a great combo.
Immune system boosting
Coconut oil contains Lauric acid, which has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties for your immune system. Lauric acid has been used with a range of low-level issues such as helping with colds, flu, cold sores, and blisters.
The Lauric acid found in coconut oil also helps your body absorb vitamins, as well as antioxidants. And, when combined with the antioxidants already found in your cup of coffee, this is a real boost for your immune system.
As well as helping your immune system, the benefits of MCT oil and coconut oil in coffee helps with your digestion. The coconut oil itself acts as a lubricant and helps soften your stool for softer passing.
Just like coffee, the health benefits of MCT oil and coconut oil help out with the regulation of your blood sugar. Because coconut oil doesn’t need insulin, it means that there won’t be any spikes in blood sugar. Coffee itself has been shown to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, so when you combine the two, you’re doing a lot of good for yourself.
Makes your heart happy
One thing avid coffee drinkers need to look out for is high blood pressure. However, coconut oil and MCT oil seems to help minimize the risk while also increasing levels of HDL, or ‘Good Cholesterol’. This area of study is still relatively new, but using coconut oil in coffee might be good for your heart!
Potential cancer health benefits
It’s a known fact that coffee can help reduce the risk of developing several types of cancer, but it seems that MCT oil and coconut oil might have its part to play as well – particularly with colon cancer. This is thanks to the aforementioned Lauric acid and ketones. And, because cancer cell growth relies on sugars, using a ketogenic diet (which heavily incorporates coconut oil), can also help out. To put it another way, coconut oil in coffee is never a bad idea.
It tastes great
Health benefits aside, we do want to say that coconut oil in coffee tastes great! Unlike other sweeteners or additives, the flavor that you get from coconut oil is more subtle, bringing a unique and mellow taste together with the health benefits and better energy levels as a result of the coffee.
How to make coconut oil in coffee
There are a few different ways to make coconut oil and coffee.
Making it hot
If you prefer your coconut oil and coffee to be hot, we recommend starting off by putting the coconut oil at the bottom of the cup of coffee, before anything else. Then, when you pour the coffee over the oil, it should disperse more easily and make the overall mixing a lot easier.
Making it cold
To make a cold or iced coffee, you might need to use a blender to get the job done properly. As always, we do recommend you use the blender gently as you don’t want to make a mess. Otherwise, it should be fairly safe. We don’t recommend using a blender for hot coffee as this can result in splashing and burning.
If you already love Bulletproof coffee, you’ll be aware that it uses coconut oil. But, if you’re new to the whole thing or didn’t try it out yet, you can use 2 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp coconut oil. By combining these with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, you can enjoy a tasty, creaming drink for better energy levels.
How much coconut oil you should use in your coffee
If you’re keen to try adding coconut oil in coffee, we recommend that you start small by adding just 1 tablespoon (14 grams) to your cup of hot coffee and stirring it well to make sure that it all blends together properly.
Eventually, you might want to increase this amount to 2 tablespoons (28 grams) of coconut oil, to help increase your overall fat intake; especially if your end goal is to reach and maintain ketosis.
Try to avoid adding too much coconut oil to coffee too quickly, especially if you’re watching your fats, as it might cause laxative-like symptoms and nausea
Besides, 2 tablespoons (28 grams) is plenty to reap the health benefits of this tasty, healthy fat.
Which organic coconut oil should you use in your coffee?
There are many different options for organic coconut oil, but we recommend Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Nutiva Organic, Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil.