Let me start with a little story. I had this older client who would come into my shop every week to buy 1 pound of coffee. When I met him for the first time I would say he would weighed about 225 pounds.
Then about 2 months later I noticed after coming in week after week that he had gotten a lot slimmer (probably about 200)from the first time I saw him. So I asked him how he had lost so much weight and he said it was simply by adding Coconut Oil to his coffee. He also added that not only was he losing wait but he felt much sharper and much less lethargic.
I then started to mention this to other clients that came in and I was amazed at how many people who either knew about it and/or had tried it. So I thought about adding this to my coffee menu and started to investigate what combination of Coconut Oil and Coffee was all about and here is what I found out.
Why Use Coconut Oil at All?
Coconut oil is described as one of the healthiest saturated fats on the earth and has an amazing number of benefits. The combination of caffeine and saturated fat gives the body a lasting energy boost. Simply by replacing processed creamers with it to your coffee, you can give your day a boost or if you drink it later in the day, it will help you power through till the end.
How does this happen you may be asking at this point? It is due to the fact that Coconut oil contains MCT’s or Medium Chain Triglycerides (a type of saturated fatty acid) which are more quickly taken into the body then other saturated fatty acids and also because it is processed by the liver, so it is converted into energy rather than stored as fat.
What Are The Benefits?
Increases Your Energy – You are already going to have a boost of energy from the coffee itself but by adding Coconut Oil, the MCT’s that in it are absorbed more quickly and so your energy levels go up.
Boosts The Immune System – Coconut Oil has a surprisingly high number of properties that help your immune system, the 2 most influential are the acids Lauric and Caprylic. The combination of these 2 properties help fight off a number of pathogens and viruses and therefore make coconut oil an excellent and natural immunity system booster
Speeds Up The Metabolism –If you have a metabolism that is maybe slower then other or perhaps your getting to the age where your not burning as many calories as before, then adding coconut oil they say can increase your calories burned to about 200 more a day!
Keeps Hunger at Bay – Because Coconuts have MCT’s, you will often feel fuller longer and so you’ll want to eat as much.
Whats the Best Type of Coconut Oil
When it comes to choosing the kind of coconut oil to get, there are basically 2 two types. Both are pure coconut oils, the difference between the 2 is how they are refined in the oil making process. The two types are:
Unrefined – This is also known as virgin or pure coconut oil and is taken from a green or “fresh” coconut. When its fresh like this, there are 2 ways in which it is processed:
- Quick Drying – The is the quick drying method which is the way it is done most of the time and what you will find most often in the stores or on Amazon. The meat inside the coconut is dried rapidly and then the oil within the meat is squeezed out mechanically.
- Wet Milling – As the name implies , with this method, the oil is taken or pressed from the coconut before drying the meat. What you have at this point is “Coconut Milk” . It then goes through another process in order to further separate the oil from the water such as boiling it out. There are also more technical ways such as fermentation, refrigeration which is the traditional way of making coconut oil.
Refined– This method has only one way of extraction and its by first drying the coconut by baking it and and then bleached with clay filtration. Since, with the method you have a clear mild tasting oil, it mostly used for things such as beauty products like hair conditioners and for some foods if you aren’t looking for a bold coconut taste.
Bottom Line: For coffee, I recommend that you go with virgin or unrefined coconut oil!
How to Add it to Your Coffee
Its not a difficult process and you can blend it manually or mechanically.
Although, you could just spoon a tablespoon of coconut oil directly into a brewed cup of coffee, I would recommend that you use your blender or something similar. The reason is you really want the coconut oil to melt and blend with your coffee and the easiest and quickest way is with a blender.
The next question you need to answer is: How much coconut oil do I use?
I would suggest that you start with no more than 2 tablespoons per day, and most people typically start off using 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per cup of coffee.
The reason they start with this ratio is that at the beginning you are not sure how your body will react at first to the coconut oil. For example, if you add to much, you may find yourself quickly going to the bathroom. So you start off with a small amount and adjust as needed.One may need to work up to consuming more depending on how well it is digested or tolerated (without having a laxative effect).
Once you have everything you want in the blender , just turn it on and blend it up until you see that the coffee starts to look a light brown color and then it’s basically done!
Coconut Oil and Keto Diet
I just wanted to add something about this even though it could be a whole separate subject. I do get alot of questions about it so let just mention it briefly. To make this drink part of a Keto Diet, you just need to blend the coconut oil and coffee with grass-fed organic unsalted butter (usually Irish Kerry Gold). If the taste isn’t to your liking you could add a little vanilla and/or drop of stevia.
With this combination you need to use a blender to emulsify the coconut oil and butter so the texture is more creamy than oily. It is a a great way to stick with the Keto Diet and get a boost of beneficial fats.
Should you try to make it part of your daily routine or at least drink it a few times a week? If you’re just trying to cut calories or limit your fat intake, then you should probably skip this drink. But if you’re curious about the keto diet or looking to replace your frappe with extra whip to something more healthy for you, then I say give it a shot.