Coconut oil in coffee… is it a good idea? Some may think it’s terrible and some may agree.
I’m a black coffee drinker 99% of the time and it’s the first thing I tend to reach for when in the mornings. Usually, I have my first sip on an empty stomach and I try not to do that because it’s really not good for your stomach. I started adding coconut oil to my coffee in the beginning because I love coconut in general and the smell it gives off when mixed with coffee, but it became a daily habit when I discovered that there were more benefits to my body than I thought!
You might have heard of bulletproof coffee. By the way, simply adding coconut oil does not make it a bulletproof coffee at all. Bulletproof coffee is originally coffee with grass-fed, unsalted butter and Brain Octane, which is a type of oil. This seems to be popular among athletes because it helps with cognitive performance and weight loss. Personally, the idea of a bulletproof coffee never seemed attractive to me. I’ve simply stuck with the coconut oil in my coffee for a while now, and it’s been great 🙂 In this post, I want to share some facts about coconut oil in coffee that you may not know about!
- Great healthy fat intake – Coconut oil is still fat even if it’s a “healthy” fat, so dietitians recommend 1 tablespoon or less a day. It boosts fat burning as well as increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood. This has been a struggle for me because I have a very high cholesterol and it’s completely genetic. Anything that can help my cholesterol levels, I take action 🙂 The best way I can consume coconut oil is through my coffee in the mornings because that’s something I won’t miss!
- Gives you an energy boost – Coconut oil is converted into energy quickly rather than being stored as fat in your body (source). The converted fat helps provide the brain and body with energy. I started drinking coffee in the mornings was because of that extra energy boost, so this is perfect.
- Not all coconut oils are equal – Choose virgin or extra virgin coconut oil rather than refined coconut oil which is chemically treated and processed.
- Curbs appetite – Caffeine suppresses appetite in general, but coconut oil’s calorie-burning powers help avoid overeating.
- Improves digestion – Coconut oil acts as a lubricant for the digestive system. It helps the food in your system process smoothly through the body by creating that barrier in your body.
I recently finished listening to Body Love by Kelly LeVeque on Audible and I was like “YES!” when she recommended it in her book as well 🙂 If you’re willing to give it a try, please let me know how you like it! As always, thank you for reading 🙂