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Keto Coffee Recipe and All Its Health Benefits

Published January 15, 2019 (Revised: December 14, 2019) Read Time: 8 minutes
Ben Kissam

Written By: Ben Kissam, BS

Ben has a B.S. in Movement and Sports Science and over 7 years Certified Personal Training Experience.

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Especially if you're trying to lose weight through the process of ketogenesis." } }, { "@type": "Question", "name": "Should you drink keto coffee to lose weight?", "acceptedAnswer": { "@type": "Answer", "text": "Giving a definitive yes or no on any one food or drink item for weight loss is difficult. Everyone's different, and certain things work better for certain people.<br>Adding keto coffee to your diet might help, but there are more important factors to consider, like the overall diet you follow and how often you exercise. <br>Because MCT oils have been proven to help with weight loss and coffee has a natural thermogenic effect, it probably can't hurt.<br>One popular option is to drink keto coffee instead of eating breakfast. Because there's over 300 calories in the drink, it wouldn't technically count as intermittent fasting* (drinking black coffee does, though). <br>If weight loss is your goal, it should probably be an either-or: either you eat breakfast, or replace it with keto coffee. Doing both is likely too many calories.<br>(*Intermittent fasting is another weight loss tool where you time your eating into an 8-hour window each day, then wait 16 hours to eat again. One common split is to stop eating at 8pm the night before, skip breakfast, and eat your first meal at noon the next day.)<br>However, adding butter to your coffee isn't a magic pill. Eating healthy, exercising consistently, and sticking to your plan—whether keto coffee is part of it or not—is the most important thing." } }] } </script> <article> <div> <ul> <li><a href="#section1">What Is Keto Coffee?</a></li> <li><a href="#section2">What Is The Difference Between Keto Coffee And Regular Coffee?</a></li> <li><a href="#section3">How-To: Keto Coffee Recipe</a></li> <li><a href="#section4">Is Keto Coffee Good For You? (3 Benefits)</a></li> <li><a href="#section5">Should You Drink Keto Coffee To Lose Weight?</a></li> <li><a href="#section6">Keto Coffee: Wrap Up</a></li> </ul> </div> <section> <p>Ten years ago, ordering coffee with butter or coconut oil in it would've been a weird thing to do. Nowadays, it's pretty common.</p> <p>It's a drink called keto coffee, and it's popular in many health and low-carb diet communities. </p> <p>Most people make it at home, but you can even find it at certain cafes. </p> <p>Perhaps you're wondering: <i>Is drinking keto coffee healthy? And how exactly do you make it?</i></p> <p>Here's what you need to know about the health benefits of keto coffee, and a recipe you can try at home.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section id="section1"> <h2>What is keto coffee?</h2> <p>Keto coffee is a concoction of hot coffee, coconut oil, and grass-fed butter (see below for more or check out the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-butter-coffee/" rel="noreferrer">full recipe</a>). </p> <p>Other names for keto coffee you may have heard include:</p> <ul> <li>Bulletproof coffee ('Bulletproof' is just branding; it's the name used by one company that helped popularize the drink.)</li> <li>Butter coffee</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/the-benefits-and-how-to-of-coconut-oil-coffee" rel="noreferrer">Coconut oil coffee</a></li> <li>MCT oil coffee</li> </ul> <p>Below, we'll look at the difference between keto and regular coffee.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/keto-coffee-benefits-0048.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/keto-coffee-benefits-0048.jp2" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/keto-coffee-benefits-0048.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/keto-coffee-benefits-LR-0048.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="keto coffee benefits"> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section id="section2"> <h2>What is the difference between keto coffee and regular coffee?</h2> <p>The main difference is the inclusion of healthy fats in keto coffee that can help you burn fat and get into ketosis. To that end, it also means the exclusion of added sugar in your beverage. </p> <p>(A "regular" coffee technically comes with two servings of added sugar in it.)</p> <p>Adding any sugar to your coffee will make it harder to stay (or <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/87-things-to-avoid-on-the-keto-diet" rel="noreferrer">get into</a>) ketosis. Most people have to restrict carbs to under 50 grams per day, and those should come from <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/the-best-low-carb-vegetables-to-eat-on-keto/" rel="noreferrer">veggies</a> and some <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-fruit/" rel="noreferrer">low-carb fruits</a><sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499830/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">1</a></sup>.</p> <p>Therefore, using flavored creamers or adding sugar to your coffee would also disqualify it from being "keto coffee". You could, however, use a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-sweeteners-which-ones-to-use-which-to-avoid" rel="noreferrer">keto sweetener</a> if you wanted.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section id="section3"> <h2>How-to: keto coffee recipe</h2> <p>Here's how to make keto coffee:</p> <p>Ingredients:</p> <ul> <li>2 cups freshly brewed hot coffee</li> <li>2 tablespoons grass-fed butter</li> <li>1 tablespoon MCT oil*</li> <li>¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract</li> </ul> <p><i>*Or, a tablespoon of coconut oil. See the subsection titled "MCT Oil" below for more on why we prefer this ingredient over basic coconut oil.</i></p> <p>Directions:</p> <ul> <li>Combine all ingredients into a blender for best results, or use a milk frother to combine. </li> <li>Blend on low and bring up to high until the beverage is frothy (like a latte).</li> </ul> <p>One serving of keto coffee contains 325 calories, primarily from the butter and MCT oil. 2 cups of black coffee on its own contains only 5 calories<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beverages/3898/2" rel="nofollow noreferrer">2</a></sup>.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section id="section4"> <h2>Is keto coffee good for you? (3 benefits)</h2> <p>Yes, or at the very least, the science shows there's plenty to like about mixing coffee with healthy fats. Especially if you're trying to lose weight through the process of ketogenesis.</p> <p>Here are three ways keto coffee is good for you.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/mct-oil-coffee-0048.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/mct-oil-coffee-0048.jp2" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/mct-oil-coffee-0048.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/mct-oil-coffee-LR-0048.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="mct oil coffee"> </picture> <h3>1. MCT oils</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/mct-oil/" rel="noreferrer">MCT oil</a> (medium-chain triglycerides) offers multiple health benefits, especially if you're on a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-101-a-beginners-guide-to-keto" rel="noreferrer">ketogenic diet</a>.</p> <p>The 'medium' in MCT partially explains why. As opposed to long-chain fatty acids, MCTs digest quicker than other fats and can be used by the body for immediate energy<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0958694606001609" rel="nofollow noreferrer">3</a></sup>.</p> <p>A study in the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2874191/" rel="nofollow noreferrer"><i>Journal of American College of Nutrition</i></a> showed ketone production (ketones are the chemicals produced by your liver that burn body fat instead of carbs) increase within an hour of consuming MCT oil.</p> <p>That's a major benefit for keto dieters if you're crunched for time. As it's a main component of coconut oil, one could (theoretically) ingest coconut oil for ketone production, achieving similar fat-burning results as <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/bhb-exogenous-ketones-and-the-keto-diet" rel="noreferrer">exogenous ketones</a> or working out would provide.</p> <p>But keep in mind: while it's true that you can substitute coconut oil in the recipe, the two aren't exactly the same thing.</p> <p>MCT oil is a supplement, and more pure than coconut oil, which is rich in medium-chain triglycerides. The latter contains about 60 percent of these fatty acids<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf010832w" rel="nofollow noreferrer">4</a></sup>.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/keto-coffee-butter-0048.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/keto-coffee-butter-0048.jp2" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/keto-coffee-butter-0048.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/keto-coffee-butter-LR-0048.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="keto coffee butter"> </picture> <h3>2. Fat gives you energy (and keeps you full)</h3> <p>Thirty years ago, the idea of losing weight and eating dietary fat were at odds with each other. It used to be conventional wisdom that eating fat makes you fat<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12566139" rel="nofollow noreferrer">5</a></sup>.</p> <p>But that's not the case anymore. Consider:</p> <ul> <li>Fats, especially MCT oils, have a proven satiating effect, meaning you feel full longer after meals<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK53550/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">6</a></sup>. This is a big deal, seeing that hunger and appetite control are two main factors that determine weight loss success<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6024699/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">7</a></sup>.</li> <li>A study in <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24075505" rel="nofollow noreferrer"><i>Metabolism</i></a> found a low-carb, high-fat diet improved blood lipids, reduced inflammation, and improved body composition. And this type of diet actually <i>outperformed</i> a low-fat, high-carb diet over 12 weeks.</li> </ul> <p>As you can see, eating fat can potentially aid, not hinder, your weight loss plan.</p> <h3>3. Coffee has a thermogenic effect</h3> <p>The final health benefit comes not from fats, but from the coffee itself. </p> <p>Did you know the caffeine in coffee is a natural thermogenic?</p> <p>The term thermogenic comes from thermogenesis, meaning an increase in heat. Without getting too into the weeds, this increase boosts your metabolism, simultaneously burning up stored body fat and increasing the number of calories you burn<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27824614" rel="nofollow noreferrer">8</a></sup>.</p> <p>One study even found that coffee increased the amount of energy you burn after a big meal<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7369170" rel="nofollow noreferrer">9</a></sup>. The thermogenic properties in caffeine led to more calories being burned after eating.</p> <p>So if weight loss is your goal, drinking coffee might be beneficial. By itself, coffee probably won't lead to a decrease in body fat. But as part of a total health or fitness routine (see the next section for more) it might help.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section id="section5"> <h2>Should you drink keto coffee to lose weight?</h2> <p>Giving a definitive yes or no on any one food or drink item for weight loss is difficult. Everyone's different, and certain things work better for certain people.</p> <p>Adding keto coffee to your diet might help, but there are more important factors to consider, like the overall <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/14-day-keto-diet-plan-and-menu" rel="noreferrer">diet you follow</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/exercise/how-often-should-you-workout" rel="noreferrer">how often</a> you <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/exercise/" rel="noreferrer">exercise</a>. </p> <p>Because MCT oils have been proven to help with weight loss and coffee has a natural thermogenic effect, it probably can't hurt.</p> <p>One popular option is to drink keto coffee instead of eating breakfast. Because there's over 300 calories in the drink, it wouldn't technically count as <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/a-beginners-guide-to-intermittent-fasting-women" rel="noreferrer">intermittent fasting</a>* (drinking black coffee does, though). </p> <p>If weight loss is your goal, it should probably be an either-or: either you eat breakfast, or replace it with keto coffee. Doing both is likely too many calories.</p> <p><i>(*Intermittent fasting is another weight loss tool where you time your eating into an 8-hour window each day, then wait 16 hours to eat again. One common split is to stop eating at 8pm the night before, skip breakfast, and eat your first meal at noon the next day.)</i></p> <p>However, adding butter to your coffee isn't a magic pill. Eating healthy, exercising consistently, and sticking to your plan—whether keto coffee is part of it or not—is the most important thing.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section id="section6"> <h2>Keto coffee: wrap up</h2> <p>Adding butter or coconut oil to your coffee is popular nowadays, and studies show why. Healthy fats and caffeine both have the potential to help with weight loss.</p> <p>MCTs, or medium-chain triglycerides, are especially helpful. They give your body immediate energy, keep you full longer, and promote ketone production in the body. </p> <p>And while they aren't the same thing, coconut oil as an effective substitute for MCT oil.</p> <p>An easy method for trying keto coffee is to use it as a meal replacement (probably breakfast). One cup has over 300 calories, so you're still receiving plenty of energy.</p> <p>Use the recipe above, and feel free to experiment with other sugar-free flavors or a keto-approved sweetener. Weight loss isn't guaranteed, but the science on keto coffee does look promising!</p> </section> </article>

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