Theres a huge trend of adding coconut oil, grass fed butter to the morning brew, optimally called “bullet proof coffee” personally im on the fence with it, as long as the diet is otherwise healthy, but i can honestly say there is nothing magical about sticking mam-giant slab of saturated fats into coffee.
Lets delve a little deeper into fats, they are organic materials made up of carbon and hydrogen elements joined together in long groups called hydrocarbons, the arrangement of these hydrocarbons determines the types of fat!!
The simplest unit of fat is the fatty acid, made up of simple hydrocarbon chains with special chemical groups at each end.
Hydrogen atoms can bond to the hydrocarbon chains. known as SATURATION the more hydrogens bonded the more “saturated the fat is”
Saturated fats because of the bonding of hydrogen to the hydrocarbon chains makes them solid or semi solid at room temperature think (butter, coconut oil or cocoa butter)
Remember fatty acids can be joined together around a glycerol molecule 3 to be exact (TRI) glyceride- triglycerides are the major form of fat found in the diet and the main storage unit found within the body!
You guessed it the body breaks down triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol for digestion and absorption, repackaged in various ways before entering the blood stream, mostly taking place in the small intestine, with the help of bile emulsifying them (dividing them into smaller pieces to improve surface area for digestive enzymes) and the pancreas secreting pancreatic lipase, the major enzyme of triglyceride digestion!
Now the interesting part, fat takes several hours to enter general circulation as it takes such a long time to break down and transport. which is why adding butter to your coffee helps with satiating hunger.
In saying so, so does caffeine?? in my opinion adding those fats to your breakfast meal or adding cream to your coffee would be a much tastier alternative to adding butter to your coffee and to equally appetite suppressing effect.
Another stipulation of bullet proof coffee is that if you avoid carbs in the morning when cortisol is highest, you can prevent fat gain.. the problem being is that as we know carbohydrates reduce cortisol levels Turning the catabolic to the anabolic, we all want the gains right.. so if we are drinking 500 calories of fat when cortisol is highest there is much more chance of this being stored as body fat then carbs do..
If you have room in your calorie intake and cant find another way of getting your calories or fats in then bullet proof coffee might be a bonifide way but dont just drop it in because it sounds like a great thing that shredded guy is doing!!