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Bulletproof Coffee? | Ask the Expert
The “bulletproof coffee” trend is a new fad, and presented as a way to gain energy, stay mentally sharp, avoid morning hunger AND lose weight. However, there is no scientific merit to the claims being made. The downside is that you would be adding a dose of straight fat into your diet. If you have only the bulletproof coffee for breakfast, as some recommend, you have cut out the nutritional value of your traditional breakfast and substituted very little of value, in terms of fiber, vitamins, etc. If you have some type of breakfast, too, you are merely adding more calories – as fat or saturated fat. The only possible upside to this approach may be the emphasis on reducing simple carbs in your diet. However, a more balanced breakfast, with fewer carbs, is the best option.
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I heard about “bulletproof coffee” – adding butter or another fat into your morning coffee. Are there really benefits?

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Toni Brayer, M.D.Toni Brayer, M.D.Internal Medicine, Medical Advisor for MyLifeStagesCalifornia Pacific Medical Center
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Toni Brayer, M.D.Internal Medicine, Medical Advisor for MyLifeStagesCalifornia Pacific Medical Center

Dr. Toni Brayer has practiced Internal Medicine in San Francisco for over 20 years. She graduated Cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and she is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Brayer has served as President of the San Francisco Medical Society and Chief of Staff at California Pacific Medical Center, and is currently the Regional Chief Medical Officer at Sutter Health, as well as the Medical Advisor for the MyLifeStages program . She is a known speaker and writer on a variety medical topics.

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The “bulletproof coffee” trend is a new fad, and presented as a way to gain energy, stay mentally sharp, avoid morning hunger AND lose weight. However, there is no scientific merit to the claims being made.

The downside is that you would be adding a dose of straight fat into your diet. If you have only the bulletproof coffee for breakfast, as some recommend, you have cut out the nutritional value of your traditional breakfast and substituted very little of value, in terms of fiber, vitamins, etc. If you have some type of breakfast, too, you are merely adding more calories – as fat or saturated fat.

The only possible upside to this approach may be the emphasis on reducing simple carbs in your diet. However, a more balanced breakfast, with fewer carbs, is the best option.

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