My BPC (bulletproof coffee), or BPT (bulletproof tea) is a “tool” I sometimes use myself and suggest to clients if they are looking for an energy and brain boost whilst still reaping the benefits of their morning intermittent fast (IF). If you are doing an intermittent fast and need something to get you through in the morning this acts as the perfect bridge, whereby you can have your coffee and still stay fasted without feeling hungry or cranky. Quick segue here, when doing intermittent fasting I recommend women, especially to go slow starting with a 12:12 then 14:10 for a while before advancing to 16:8. I prefer circadian-rhythm IF, so break-fast at 10 or 11am and stop eating early at 5, 6, or 7pm. Otherwise IF can backfire, lead to binge eating and research shows eating late into the evening increases sick for weight gain and obesity, which is counterproductive.
Usually, a BPC beverage contains MCT oil (exogenous ketones) and grass-fed ghee (keeping it dairy free). These pure fats don’t contain carbohydrates, so you stay in a fasted state continuing to burn fat for fuel. The reason for intermittent fasting is to increase insulin sensitivity. Pure fats (with no carbohydrates) do not elevate insulin that is secreted from your pancreas, so a BPC still allows you to reap the brain and body benefits less the hunger. What a cool hack for when/ if you wish to use it!
Did you know that healthy fats are paramount to our brain function, immune function and endocrine (hormone) function? After all, breast milk is the optimal food when we were born for brain development and energy. If you weren’t breastfed just know that MCT oil is added to formulas. MCT oil stands for medium chain triglycerides, which are 6 – 12 carbons in length. There are 4 main types of MCT’s all with varying carbon lengths: Capronic acid (C6), Caprylic acid (C8), Capric acid (C10) and Lauric acid (C12). MCT’s are a saturated fat derived from coconut and converted into energy faster than any other fat source!
The research in the scientific literature on MCT oil is fascinating. It may even sound too good to be true! MCT’s have been shown to enhance metabolism, boost brain function and energy, improve memory and reduce brain fog. MCT oil has been shown to increase ketones and metabolic fat burning to help you burn more fat for fuel! Moreover, it has been shown to be efficacious in weight management as it increases metabolism and decreases the conversion of extra carbs to fats! As far as immunity is concerned, MCT oil and coconut oil in general is antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal, which promotes happy healthy ‘thriving’ good gut buddies in our microbiota. YES please! The other fat in my BPC is organic grass-fed ghee, which is basically clarified butter less the casein and whey proteins. So, if you are like me and don’t do well with dairy, you may find you are totally fine with grass-fed ghee – another type of MCT!
About to workout and need a body-brain loving boost? Need something to get you to your break-fast time without breaking your intermittent fast in the morning? Look no further than this BPC! If caffeine hits you hard (like me) do a half shot espresso (instead of a full shot), or a half cup of filtered coffee (instead of one cup). The fats in this will slow the release of caffeine into the blood stream with a MUCH softer landing on your adrenals. Also, you can make my BPC or BPT hot or over ice, which I really love having during the summer!
Remember, you can also incorporate MCT oil and grass-fed ghee into other applications too – not just BPC. If you would like similar effects as a BPC but without the strength of caffeine from coffee try it with a black tea instead! I love mine with earl grey tea, as studies show that bergamot in early grey tea helps to calm the central nervous system and it too is loaded with polyphenols like coffee is – with less of a jolt. Additionally, MCT oil is heat sensitive, so do not cook with this oil is great in homemade dressings, matcha latte, herbal or black tea and soups. Grass-fed organic ghee is excellent to cook with, especially an egg scramble – YUMMO!
Important note: When using MCT oil for the first time it’s important to start slow. 1 tsp then gradually work your way up to 2 tsps and then to 1 Tbsp, as your body gets used to it. Otherwise, it can cause stomach cramps and/ or diarrhea and no-one wants that.
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4 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories300
- % Daily Value *
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.