Reasons You Should Put Coconut Oil in Coffee
You’ve heard about the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil. You know that coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) that can give you energy, that it contains lauric acid that is anti-microbial and immune boosting, that it has anti-inflammatory properties, that it can help reduce oxidative processes and fight free radicals and increase calcium absorption in our bones… I could go on. You also might know that coconut oil is great for external uses too. Coconut oil can be used as a body lotion, a breath freshener (anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, remember), lip balm, a deep conditioner, and even a dandruff treatment.
Is there anything that coconut oil can’t do?
So now that it’s clear that coconut oil should be constantly in use throughout our beauty and health regimens, I’m going to suggest that you can do more than you thought with this oil of the gods. You can put it in your coffee.
Trends in Coffee Additives
You may have heard of “Bulletproof Coffee,” as it’s been trending for the past year or so. In the recipe for Bulletproof Coffee, using ingredients made by the Bulletproof Coffee brand, coffee drinkers add unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee along with an MCT oil (that is said to be 8-16x stronger than coconut oil) to their java. This is said to give you a boost in long-term energy as well as keep you full longer. It’s based on the fact that grass-fed butter or ghee contain few caseins, which are more plentiful in milk and cream, and which bind to antioxidants in coffee making them unavailable for absorption.
While this option seems awesome, I’ve found that reviews are hit and miss. Some find that this gives them energy but makes them ravenously hungry, others find that it takes time out of their morning routine since the coffee and oils come from one singular company that gives specific instructions on how to achieve best results. It is certainly possible for you to make Bulletproof Coffee with coconut oil, you can also just make yourself a cup of your favorite coffee and add ghee or coconut oil for similar, and more wallet-friendly, effects.
In the interest of getting the best results in my morning cup of Joe, without having to buy a brand named product, I began searching for other options. That’s how I stumbled upon coconut oil. Because of the concentration of MCTs naturally contained in coconut oil, it will give an added boost of energy to your already caffeinated beverage, but this energy will last longer, saving you from the mid-morning slump. Not only that, but coconut oil contains healthy cholesterol and has even been linked to promoting weight loss (1-2).
Along with the many benefits of consuming coconut oil, it also tastes great and can add to the creaminess of your morning coffee. Whether you’re adding coconut oil to your coffee for health benefits or just because you want some extra energy, you won’t be disappointed.
How to Make Coffee with Coconut Oil
There are innumerable ways for you to add coconut oil to your morning cup of coffee. Many recommendations suggest using a blender or a whisk to whip the coconut oil into the coffee, adding a creamy, oily froth at the top of the cup. Whether you prefer to drink it in your instant coffee, your espresso, your black coffee, or your latte, coconut oil is bound to add delicious flavor and consistency along with myriad health benefits and an extra bump in your daily energy level. Bottoms up!
- DebMandal, Manisha, and Shyamapada Mandal. “Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.: Arecaceae): in health promotion and disease prevention.” Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine4.3 (2011): 241-247.
- Krishna, AG Gopala, et al. “Coconut oil: chemistry, production and its applications-a review.” Indian Coconut Journal53.3 (2010): 15-27.