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  • - Coffee is delicious.

  • Butter is delicious.

  • But just because two things are delicious,

  • does not mean they should be combined.

  • Likewise, just because two things are perceived as healthy

  • does not mean they should necessarily be combined

  • or consumed in large quantities.

  • And of course that brings me to bulletproof coffee.

  • And in this video, I'm looking at four reasons

  • why it's actually really bad for you.

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  • In case you don't know what it is,

  • bulletproof coffee is basically coffee

  • with at least a tablespoon

  • of grass-fed unsalted butter mixed in.

  • Now, the original recipe calls for one to two tablespoons

  • of a type of oil called MCT oil to be added in

  • as well as the butter.

  • In fact, your coffee is supposed to be brewed

  • from so-called toxin-free upgraded coffee beans

  • that are sold by the Bulletproof brand.

  • But that's just another rabbit hole

  • that we don't want to get stuck down in today.

  • All right, so the first reason bulletproof coffee is bad

  • is because it provides massive concentrated amounts

  • of saturated fat on a regular basis.

  • Now, current evidence does show that saturated fat intake

  • is not actually a risk factor for heart disease

  • when consumed in normal quantities.

  • Keep in mind that all of the large population studies

  • available looked at people using normal amounts.

  • That is, everyday, ordinary amounts like adding butter

  • on toast or with scrambled eggs.

  • Now, people were never pouring large amounts

  • of saturated fat into their coffee.

  • They were simply eating it along with other foods.

  • Now, for those who subscribe

  • to the ancestral nutrition approach,

  • humans did not evolve eating or drinking

  • such massive amounts of saturate fat.

  • We were eating it as part of meals, not as the meal.

  • There are plenty of nutrients that are healthy

  • when consumed in reasonable amounts.

  • But when people start megadosing them

  • and eating those nutrients in isolation,

  • it can cause serious problems.

  • Fructose is the really obvious example.

  • Now, it's good when found

  • in nutritious fibrous whole fruit, okay?

  • But it's a disaster when consumed in concentrated amounts

  • from refined sugar like you get in soft drinks.

  • It's entirely possible that saturated fat is the same.

  • Fine in reasonable amounts but harmful

  • when we start adding unnaturally large, concentrated doses

  • that are just way outside of our evolutionary norms.

  • Number two.

  • The fat in butter is much more dangerous

  • than fat from other dairy food sources.

  • Saturated fat aside, there is another glaring problem

  • with consuming large quantities of butter.

  • And that is that it does not contain

  • what's called milk fat globule membrane, or MFGM.

  • MFGM is a protective membrane that encloses the fatty acids

  • found in high-fat dairy products, such as cream,

  • which in turn seems to reduce

  • the cholesterol-raising effects of its fatty acids.

  • Now, butter is just cream that has been churned,

  • and the churning process destroys much of this membrane.

  • The result is that butter can increase

  • the amount of LDL particles in your blood stream,

  • which are a strong predictor of heart disease.

  • Okay, so how do we know that this is indeed fact?

  • That dairy fat from butter

  • increases heart disease risk factors

  • more than dairy fat from other products like cream?

  • There's actually been a lot of studies on the topic.

  • This recent Swedish trial randomly assigned

  • 57 overweight men and women to consume

  • either 40 grams of milk fat as whipped cream per day

  • or 40 grams as butter for an eight-week period.

  • They found the LDL particle number of the butter group

  • shot up significantly more than the cream group.

  • As you can see by this graph,

  • it clearly shows that butter, on the right,

  • increased the levels of blood cholesterol,

  • whereas cream did not.

  • Now, there were also significant increases

  • to total cholesterol, ApoB levels, and non-HDL cholesterol,

  • compared to the cream group.

  • Several other randomized control trials also show

  • that eating butter fat has worse effects

  • on the blood lipo profile

  • than other sources of dairy fat with an intact MFGM,

  • such as cream or cheese.

  • For this reason alone, you should make sure

  • that your butter consumption is not excessive.

  • And step one is to not put it in your coffee.

  • Number three.

  • There have been some case reports

  • of dramatically elevated cholesterol

  • due to bulletproof coffee.

  • In case you're still not convinced,

  • many people's heart health markers are spiking dramatically

  • when they start to drink bulletproof coffee.

  • There have been a lot of reports from health professionals,

  • even those that advocate a low-carb, high-fat,

  • or paleo approach,

  • that they've had patients

  • with drastically elevated cholesterol levels

  • after drinking bulletproof coffee.

  • Keep in mind that these changes

  • go way beyond total and LDL cholesterol,

  • which are not the most accurate as risk factors.

  • We're seeing increases in ApoB and LDL particle number,

  • which are much stronger and more accurate risk factors.

  • Now, although these numbers are still just risk factors,

  • given how strong their predictive value is

  • for heart disease,

  • I think this is a legitimate concern.

  • Fortunately, case studies indicate that in those

  • who do experience those large spikes in cholesterol levels,

  • when they stop drinking bulletproof coffee,

  • the levels come down quite quickly.

  • Number four.

  • You are displacing a highly nutritious meal

  • with something that is low in essential nutrients.

  • Shifting gears a little bit, but let's have a look

  • at what you miss out on by drinking bulletproof coffee,

  • because it is typically recommended

  • to have it in the morning in place of breakfast,

  • which makes sense.

  • Because a standard bulletproof coffee

  • is over 450 calories and 50 grams of fat,

  • which is a meal in itself.

  • Now, problem is, it's essentially just fat

  • and tiny trace amounts of other nutrients from the butter.

  • That's it.

  • If you already a nutritious breakfast,

  • the obvious downside here is that bulletproof coffee

  • only replaces the calories and fat,

  • but provides nothing else.

  • Now, for example, eating two eggs for breakfast

  • has 12 grams of protein and around 20% of the RDA

  • for selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B12, vitamin B2,

  • vitamin B5, and even some minerals.

  • You know, meanwhile bulletproof coffee

  • has little to no micronutrients and no protein.

  • So if you're used to eating three meals per day,

  • then replacing breakfast with a bulletproof coffee

  • could potentially reduce

  • the total nutrient load of your diet by a third.

  • Look, ultimately, it's best to proceed with caution

  • when adopting a drastic dietary change

  • that has never been tested

  • and is way outside of our evolutionary norms.

  • It's better to be safe than sorry.

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  • (gentle instrumental music)

- Coffee is delicious.

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4 Reasons Why Bulletproof Coffee Is Bad for You

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    Precious Annie Liao posted on 2017/07/16
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