Coconut Oil In My Coffee?
Yes, you read that correctly. And if you’ve been in the Paleosphere for a while, you’ve likely heard about this. I was introduced to the concept a few years back when I did an interview with The Bulletproof Executive (click). His signature formula contains butter, I’ve played around with just using the MCT oil without the coffee as I don’t do dairy and have found that as a natural, ergogenic aid to my training, it works quite well. Refer to his site and you’ll see some of the benefits to MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides, for which coconut oil is the best food source) including:
- MCTs improve blood sugar regulation (yay!), improve metabolism (especially fat metabolism), may improve thyroid function, improve appetite regulation, and are used to treat many ailments (Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, seizures, cystic fibrosis, etc.).
- As far as brain function goes, MCT oil is like rocket fuel because it enhances ketone production. Ketones, of course, are a more efficient fuel for your brain. For productivity, using MCTs to outwork my competition is my unfair advantage.
- Improved body composition. If you’re into burning fat, MCTs are your friend.
While it may take some getting used to, as I find with most clients who ask what to replace their ‘nondairy’ creamer and splenda with in their coffee, just as with the rest of our daily regime, going with more good fat and no sugar overall is the way to go. Unless you don’t want to be leaner and have better mental focus, of course.