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The Benefits And How-to Of Coconut Oil Coffee

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<article> <section> <p>Coconut oil isn’t limited to just frying up your veggies or using as lip balm anymore. As a matter of fact, adding coconut oil into your morning cup of joe is becoming one of the latest trends in the coffee world—and for good reason too.</p> <p>No, this isn’t bulletproof coffee we’re talking about.</p> <p>Making bulletproof coffee requires grass-fed butter and MCT oil. This coffee concoction is simply referred to as coconut oil coffee or keto coffee because it only needs those two ingredients.</p> <p>How can coconut oil coffee offer a leg up in your ketogenic diet? We’re here to share with you how switching your morning frappe to coconut oil coffee can help to transform your morning routine <i>and</i> your health.</p> </section> <section> <header>What Are The Benefits Of Coconut Oil In Coffee?</header> <p>So, what’s all the hype about this coconut oil coffee about?</p> <p>A fair majority of us drink coffee every morning to jump-start our day. Coffee is rich in antioxidants, but adding coconut oil into your coffee can provide you several other surprising health benefits on top of what coffee has to offer<sup>1</sup>.</p> <div class="sub-head">Keep You In Ketosis</div> <p>Coconut oil is a healthy fat and is one of the staple fat sources commonly found in the ketogenic diet. In fact, coconut oil is actually a natural source of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Big word, we know, but basically MCTs are a type of saturated fatty acids that your body absorbs faster than other forms of fat.</p> <p>Adding these types of fat into your diet not only helps keep you feeling full but also helps boost your metabolism as well<sup>2</sup>. And perhaps best of all? Science says that MCTs can increase your energy levels<sup>3</sup>.</p> <p>All of this sounds great, right? But how does any of that help <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-into-ketosis/" rel="noreferrer">keep you in ketosis</a>?</p> <p>When you’re in a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/ketosis-and-brain-function/" rel="noreferrer">state of ketosis</a>, your body uses ketones as energy, instead of depending on glucose (AKA sugar) for fuel<sup>4</sup>. By adding coconut oil into your coffee, your body is more easily able to absorb MCTs for energy; MCTs are quickly absorbed and sent straight to your liver, where they get converted into ketones<sup>5</sup>.</p> <p>Basically, drinking coconut oil coffee helps keep you in a state of ketosis because your body finds MCTs easy to break down and convert into ketones for you to use as energy.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/brain-charged-by-coffee-0164.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/brain-charged-by-coffee-0164.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/brain-charged-by-coffee-0164.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/brain-charged-by-coffee-LR-0164.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="brain-charged-by-coffee"> </picture> <div class="sub-head">Feeds And Protects Your Hungry Brain</div> <p>As we learned from above, the MCTs that are found in coconut oil are easy for your body to break down and use for energy.</p> <p>Once ingested, MCTs travel straight from your stomach to your liver.</p> <p>If you’re following the ketogenic diet, your liver decides to break down those fats to convert into ketones <i>or</i> they store them for later use as body fat. Since your brain can’t <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-energy-how-the-keto-diet-combats-fatigue/" rel="noreferrer">store energy</a>, your brain is always looking for a constant stream of fuel. Ketones pass through your brain’s blood-brain barrier to provide instant fuel to your brain<sup>6</sup>.</p> <p>But, wait—there’s more. Drinking coconut oil in coffee can actually help to <i>protect</i> your brain too.</p> <p>While genetics play a large role in Alzheimer’s disease, using fat for energy can offer your brain relief. Alzheimer’s disease causes your brain to have difficulty using sugar for energy<sup>7</sup>. Forcing your brain to find an alternative source of energy can help keep your brain healthy.</p> <p>By feeding your brain ketones, your brain doesn’t rely on sugar to feed your brain cells. Instead, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/ketosis-and-brain-function/" rel="noreferrer">brain cells start thriving on ketones</a> as an energy source, eliminating the need for cells to depend on sugar.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/holding-knee-red-inflamed-0164.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/holding-knee-red-inflamed-0164.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/holding-knee-red-inflamed-0164.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/holding-knee-red-inflamed-LR-0164.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="holding-knee-red-inflamed"> </picture> <div class="sub-head">Fights Against Inflammation</div> <p>Coffee is jam packed with health boosting antioxidants. One of the most potent antioxidants found in coffee is chlorogenic acid. This powerful acid helps <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/can-ketosis-reduce-inflammation/" rel="noreferrer">fight against inflammation</a> by reducing the number of oxidative proteins that are responsible for causing tissue and cell damage<sup>9, 10</sup>.</p> <p>Chlorogenic acid also balances out oxidative stress and decreases cell death. Oxidative stress is when an antioxidant imbalance in your body causes you to have problems neutralizing free radicals. By having this imbalance, oxidative stress triggers inflammation. Which, in turn, produces more free radicals<sup>11</sup>.</p> <p>The good news is that drinking coffee can help rebalance this problem by providing your body with higher chlorogenic acid levels to fight against oxidative stress, resulting in lowered inflammation!</p> </section> <section> <header>How Do You Make Coconut Oil Coffee?</header> <p>Looking for a coconut oil coffee recipe? Here’s one that’s easy to follow:</p> <div class="sub-head">Keto Coconut Oil Coffee</div> <p>Serving size: 1</p> <p>Ingredients:</p> <ul> <li>2 cups of freshly brewed hot coffee</li> <li>2 tablespoons organic coconut oil</li> <li>¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract</li> </ul> <p>Instructions:</p> <ul> <li>Combine all the ingredients in a blender for best results or use a milk frother.</li> <li>Blend on low and bring up to high until frothy.</li> </ul> <p>Note: There are some people who don’t enjoy the taste of coconut oil coffee. We find that using a blender to combine the oil and coffee really helps improve the taste.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-in-clear-cups-0164.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-in-clear-cups-0164.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-in-clear-cups-0164.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-in-clear-cups-LR-0164.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="coffee-in-clear-cups"> </picture> </section> <section> <header>Are There Any Negatives To Drinking Coconut Oil Coffee?</header> <p>While the benefits of drinking coconut oil coffee are sound, you should also be aware of the potential negatives that come with adding this drink to your life.</p> <div class="sub-head">Lacks Nutrients</div> <p>It’s great that coconut oil coffee helps keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. But this may also increase your chances of missing out on important nutrients. Not to mention that the drink <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-micronutrients-why-they-are-important/" rel="noreferrer">lacks several vital nutrients</a>.</p> <p>It’s possible that you’re looking to drink <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/31-keto-breakfast-ideas/" rel="noreferrer">coconut oil coffee as a breakfast</a> replacement. In that case, be sure that you’re eating plenty of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/the-best-low-carb-vegetables-to-eat-on-keto/" rel="noreferrer">low-carb vegetables</a>—and other nutrient dense foods—for your other meals. You’ll want to eat meals rich in vitamins and minerals to replace the nutrients you missed out on while drinking your keto coffee.</p> <div class="sub-head">High In Calories</div> <p>Be careful with your portion sizing of coconut oil when making your coconut oil coffee. Using too much in your coffee could lead you to consume more calories than you may have anticipated. If you don’t monitor your caloric intake throughout the day, you may overlook that you’re eating too many calories which will stop you from losing weight.</p> <p>To prevent a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/will-i-lose-weight-on-keto/" rel="noreferrer">weight loss</a> stall—or weight gain—from happening while you’re drinking coconut oil coffee, make sure to carefully measure your serving size of coconut oil.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/heart-shaped-coffee-beans-0164.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/heart-shaped-coffee-beans-0164.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/heart-shaped-coffee-beans-0164.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/heart-shaped-coffee-beans-LR-0164.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="heart-shaped-coffee-beans"> </picture> </section> <section> <header>Does Coconut Oil In Coffee Help You Lose Weight?</header> <p>We’ve been talking about MCTs a lot, but we’re not done yet.</p> <p>Another surprising way that coconut oil coffee can help boost your weight loss is because the MCTs found in coconut oil help to increase a feeling of fullness<sup>12</sup>.</p> <p>The most simplified formula for weight loss is making sure that you’re burning more calories than you’re putting in your body. But, that can be really hard to do if you’re feeling hungry all the time.</p> <p>That’s where coconut oil coffee comes in to help. Studies have shown that drinking coconut oil coffee first thing in the morning leads to an easier time reducing daily caloric intake<sup>12</sup>. Why? The ketones that your body produces after consuming coconut oil drastically reduce the feeling of hunger<sup>13</sup>.</p> <p>If you’re not feeling hungry, you won’t be eating as many calories. So, if you’re looking for a way to help boost your weight loss, coconut oil may cut back your hunger pangs and reduce the number of calories you’re eating!</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/people-doing-yoga-in-park-0164.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/people-doing-yoga-in-park-0164.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/people-doing-yoga-in-park-0164.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/people-doing-yoga-in-park-LR-0164.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="people-doing-yoga-in-park"> </picture> </section> <section> <header>Does Coconut Oil In Coffee Break A Fast?</header> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/how-to-use-intermittent-fasting-to-accelerate-your/" rel="noreferrer">Fasting works</a> by keeping your insulin levels at a low enough level to encourage your body to burn fat. Since coconut oil doesn’t have a high glycemic index, it won’t cause a spike in your insulin levels that would cause you to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/intermittent-fasting-and-keto-should-you-do-them/" rel="noreferrer">break your fast</a><sup>14</sup>. But it does have calories in it, so it may not be in your best interest depending on the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/water-fasting-what-it-is-and-how-to-do-it-right/" rel="noreferrer">type of fast</a>.</p> <p>However, every person’s body is different. The best way to know if using coconut oil in coffee breaks your fast is to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/fasting-and-autophagy-understanding-your-body/" rel="noreferrer">test your blood sugar levels</a> and ketone levels before and after drinking your coffee!</p> </section> <section> <header>Wrapping It Up</header> <p>If you’re looking for a low-carb alternative to your regular sugary coffee, coconut oil coffee is a delicious keto-friendly substitute that’s packed with health-boosting properties. Adding appropriate amounts of coconut oil into your morning regime can actively benefit a healthier lifestyle when combined with the ketogenic diet.</p> <p>If you’re looking for more ways to improve your quality of life, you should also check out our <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/keto-support/shop/" rel="noreferrer">Warrior Made Keto Bundle</a>. Designed to help support long-lasting energy, reduce food cravings, and even <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/can-ketosis-reduce-inflammation/" rel="noreferrer">fight against inflammation</a>! Paired with coconut oil coffee and the ketogenic diet, the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/keto-support/shop/" rel="noreferrer">Keto Bundl</a>e even helps to boost your ketone levels to support sustainable weight loss. If you’re ready to your morning routine and your health, adding coconut oil coffee into your ketogenic diet is a great way to get you started.</p> <div class="sub-head">Resources</div> <ol> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coffee-worlds-biggest-source-of-antioxidants" rel="noreferrer">Coffee And Antioxidants: Everything You Need to Know</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2874191/" rel="noreferrer">Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil Consumption As Part Of Weight Loss</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5805166/" rel="noreferrer">Medium Chain Triglycerides Enhances Exercise Endurance</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23670253" rel="noreferrer">How Does the Ketogenic Diet Work?</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18231629" rel="noreferrer">Effect of Dietary Medium Chain Triacylglycerol on Serum Albumin</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29914035" rel="noreferrer">Ketogenic Medium Chain Fatty Acids Increase Brain Energy</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://nyaspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nyas.12999" rel="noreferrer">Can Ketones Compensate For Deteriorating Brain?</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/mrc.2678" rel="noreferrer">Complex Mixture Analysis Of Organic Compounds</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00394-017-1379-1" rel="noreferrer">The Potential Effects of Chlorogenic Acid</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324863.php" rel="noreferrer">How Does Oxidative Stress Affect The Body?</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/78/4/728/4690021" rel="noreferrer">Glycemic Effects of Chlorogenic Acid and Caffeine</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/132/3/329/4687297" rel="noreferrer">Physiological Effects of Medium Chain Triglycerides</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23632752" rel="noreferrer">Ketosis And Appetite Mediating Nutrients</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://foodstruct.com/food/coconut-oil" rel="noreferrer">Coconut Oil Nutrition Chart</a></li> </ol> </section> </article>

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