We’ve all heard of the many benefits of coconut oil. And if you haven’t, you’re missing out! You can use coconut oil for a variety of home remedies and recipes. It’s perfect for lip chap, skin moisturizer, and conditioner. You can also use it as a makeup remover, a natural deodorant, and weight loss– and the list goes on and on. But it also holds a long list of health benefits. In return, many people are opting to add it into their daily routine. But can we add coconut oil in coffee? And are there advantages of doing so? Or is it bad for you? Let’s take a look at the evidence!
Why Put Coconut Oil in Coffee?
Coconut oil is exactly what it sounds like: regular coffee, but with added coconut oil. It’s a similar idea to when people put butter in coffee, but it’s healthier and better for you. So what are the health benefits of Coconut Oil?
1) It Boosts Brain Functioning
According to research, coconut oil holds many benefits for the brain. How? Coconut oil contains fatty acids. In fact, 90% of the coconut consists of saturated fats. Sixty-five percent of this fat is a mix of “Medium Chain Triglycerides”. So unlike the saturated fats that are often looked at as bad for you, the fats in coconut oil are easily absorbed and go straight to the liver. In other words, the body metabolizes them quickly. During this process they are turned into special molecules known as ketones – and these ketones show improvement in a variety of brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimers disease.
What about coffee? We all know that coconut oil is a mental stimulant. That is why so many of us rely on it first thing in the morning. But when we add coconut oil to our coffee, our brain power becomes boosted even more.
2) It boosts your metabolism
Coconut oil is made up of mostly saturated fats. But as we mentioned above, these fats are different than the unhealthy fats that we find in everyday foods. So while other fatty foods may cause you to gain weight, the same is not true for coconut oil. In fact, coconut oil is considered to be thermogenic. What does that mean? It means it increases energy expenditure (fat burning). So when you eat fats like the ones in coconut oil, your body actually burns more calories. One study actually found that consuming 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil can help you burn 120 extra calories per day!
What about coffee? It can boost your metabolism too. One study found that it can increase your metabolism by 3-4%. So when you put coconut oil in coffee, you can burn even more calories.
3) It prevents overeating
Boosting your metabolism isn’t the only way that coconut oil can help you lose weight. Research has shown that small amounts of coconut oil can actually make you feel fuller. In return, you’re less inclined to overeat or snack when you don’t need to. Another study found that those who ate coconut oil ate approximately 250 less calories each day than those who didn’t.
And coffee? Consuming caffeine may also have the ability to reduce your appetite for short periods. So by combining coffee and coconut oil together, you may be able to prevent yourself from overeating.
4) It fights against infection
As you are probably starting to see, coconut oil is a bit of a miracle oil. And in addition to it’s many other benefits, it can even help to fight against infection. How? Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid. This is a type of fatty acid that holds a variety of anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. It is also considered to be an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, and great for skin. While it is not approved for medicinal use, it’s estimated that 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil each day can help to prevent and fight against infection.
And coffee? Polyphenol antioxidants in coffee can actually help to prevent some cancers, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. It is also associated with lower levels of inflammatory markers.
5) Coconut oil in coffee boosts your energy
There is no doubt that coffee gives you a much needed energy boost. But what about coconut oil? Remember those fatty acids that we were talking about earlier? Instead of being stored in your body as fat, they’re converted into energy fairly quickly. The result? A little pep in your step!
In addition to the benefits listed above, it is also believed that coconut oil can help to keep your blood sugar in check and aid in digestion. So it does seem that there are many benefits to adding coconut oil to your coffee. But what about the critics. What do they have to say?
1) Coconut oil is high in calories
- To this we say, yes, it is. And if you eat a lot of it, you’re probably going to put on weight. But we’re
- not telling you to eat an entire tub of coconut oil. One to two tablespoons added to your coffee each
- morning will provide you with the benefits, without the weight.
2) It’s high in saturated fat
- Again, yes it is. And if you want to drink coconut oil coffee, you may need to cut back on saturated fats in other areas. The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fat intake to less than 13g per day. That’s the equivalent of 1 tbsp of coconut oil. So if you want to have some in your coffee, you just need to watch what you eat for the rest of the day. And remember, you don’t have to drink coconut coffee everyday. Take a break when you want to eat other foods high in fats.
So the verdict? There are a few downfalls of consuming coconut oil. But as long as you monitor your intake and add it in moderation, then you can only reap the many benefits that come along with it.
Making Simple Coconut Coffee
And now for the question we’ve all been waiting for – How do you make coconut coffee?
- Make your coffee as per normal
- Add a tablespoon of coconut oil
- Blend in blender until coffee colour lightens
And voila- coconut oil in coffee! But remember, not all coconut oil is created equally. Opt for virgin coconut oil – organic if possible. Happy blending!