Why you should try bulletproof coffee

Have you heard about the latest caffeine trend?

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Olympians drink it. Fitness pros love it. The Paleo crowd is on board. And it actually tastes pretty good.

What is bulletproof coffee?

Butter coffee, also known as bulletproof coffee, is a cup of joe combined with a medium-chain triglyceride like coconut oil, butter or heavy cream. Athletes like it because it gives you a boost and your body can readily use the fat as fuel if you drink it before a morning workout.

If you’re not into coffee, try a butter tea. I first tried an almond buttered tea at The Academy of Lions, a CrossFit gym in Toronto, and was blown away.

An almond buttered tea contains MCT oil (otherwise known as a medium-chain triglyceride oil usually made out of a combination of coconut oil or palm kernel oil) , a hint of maple syrup, warm almond milk, an almond tea bag and you can pop some cinnamon on top. If you want to make it at home, blend the oil, syrup and any spices like cinnamon in a blender, then add hot almond milk and pour it into a mug with a tea bag of your choice, such as a complementary toasted almond flavour.

There have been lots of studies of the effects of caffeine when it comes to improving your performance and on its ability to block your pain receptors so you can get a better workout. If you’re not a coffee drinker, slowly add caffeine into your routine and don’t try it for the first time before a big race. Coffee is also a diuretic so it might add in an extra bathroom break during your workout. But heed our words of warning: Caffeine can give you a great boost on occasion but it can also act as a powerful stimulant and can lead to sleeplessness, jitters, stomach issues and even withdrawal symptoms when you try to taper off.

Would you try this new nutrition trend?

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