Coconut oil is a fascinating superfood, with what appears to be an endless amount of health benefits. But adding it to your coffee? That’s just plain crazy, right? Wrong!
Replacing processed coffee creamers with organic coconut oil may be tough for some of you, but it could be one of the best moves for your health.
Although it may sound strange to add oil to your coffee, the resulting drink is actually quite delicious and highly nutritious. Plus, the combination of caffeine and saturated fat gives the body a huge energy boost!
3 Reasons to Drink Coconut Oil Coffee
Coconut oil is made up of MCTs, or medium chain triglycerides. These fats are processed directly by the liver, reducing the need for glucose production and not allowing fat to be stored. When processed by the liver MCTs also produce ketones, which can be used by most cells in the body for energy, specifically the brain.
MCTs are more rapidly absorbed by the body than longer chain triglycerides and are quickly metabolized to be used as fuel. This quick metabolization of fatty acids means there is an immediate boost of energy to the body.
Weight Loss and Faster Metabolism
Coconut oil is a weight loss friendly fat. One important property of coconut oil is that it is considered to be thermogenic, which means that eating it tends to increase energy expenditure. Research shows that eating one to two tablespoons of medium chain fatty acids per day can increase energy expenditure by roughly 120 calories. This means that coconut oil can actually help to boost your metabolism and increase your overall calorie burn.
Immune System Boost
Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system because it contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Roughly 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are lauric acid, the healthy fat that is found in breast milk. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is often used for treating viral infections such as the flu, cold sores, fever blisters, and even HIV/AIDS.
Coconut Oil Coffee
- 1 cup brewed organic coffee
- 1-2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- honey or other sweetener if desired
- splash of half and half (optional)
- Place your coffee, coconut oil, half and half, and sweetener (if using) into a high speed blender
- Blend for 20 seconds
- Coffee will be frothy
- Pour into a mug and enjoy
- Start off on the lower end with the coconut oil. Too much at once can cause digestive upset if you are not used to it, but 1 tablespoon is still plenty enough to reap the benefits!
- If you can’t imagine coffee without any creamer at all, go ahead and add a bit of half and half to this recipe!
- If you are looking for a coffee substitute, Dandy Blend works great. You can also substitute tea.
- Try adding carob powder or cinnamon to this coffee for a fancy twist.
Adding coconut oil to your coffee is a great way to supercharge your morning and give your body a burst of energy. While coconut oil is a fantastic oil, obviously, you don’t want to go overboard with it. Like all fats, coconut oil should be used in moderation.