If you are a low-carb zealot and familiar with the concept of Ketogenic diet, then you must have heard about Keto Coffee in your Internet travels. I myself am a big devotee of healthy eating; had heard about Keto coffee from many friends and colleagues. But until a few days back, I had no idea what exactly was it meant for. So in case there are others like me, who hear about this coffee a lot but don’t know what it does, here’s my understanding of it.
What exactly is Keto Coffee? And How Does It Help You Lose Weight?
Keto coffee is the new revolution in the world of low-carb beverages. It is a ‘high on fat, optimal on protein and low on carbohydrate’ coffee that is built to enable the body to burn more fat than carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are a great source of energy generation in our bodies. They convert into glucose and regulate functioning of the brain. What actually happens is that when our body notices a shortage of carbohydrates in the system, the liver starts to break the fat into Ketone bodies and fatty acids. These Ketone bodies replace glucose in the process of energy generation. As a result, you start losing weight as the fat is being sucked up by the liver, brain and other body organs.
Keto Coffee has been invented on the premise of combining saturated fats and caffeine. Saturated fats are healthy and keep you satiated for a longer length of time. Caffeine is a traditional energy booster and an arguable mood lifter. And above all, this beverage is low on carbs that makes it way too awesome and healthy.
How to prepare the ultimate Keto Coffee
Different people have different methods of preparing Keto coffee. Some include egg in the recipe; others prefer a completely vegetarian list of ingredients. So here is the most widely popular recipe of Keto coffee that I am sure you will relish.
Check out this low carb coffee recipe:
Ingredients (For 1 serving)
1 cup of Brewed Coffee
1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil or
1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or Ghee
¼ – ½ tsp cinnamon
3 egg yolks
1 tbsp Collagen (Hydrolyzed Gelatin)
2 tbsp coconut cream or heavy whipping cream
3-5 drops of any healthy, low-carb sweetener (optional)
Simply put these ingredients in a blender. Blend until the ingredients are fully mixed. The end result should be smooth and frothy. Decant it in your mug and cheers!
This recipe includes raw eggs. But you can use pasteurized eggs as an alternative. Such eggs are free from bacteria or any potential risk of allergy.
Although a lot of people may make a face, thinking who adds butter and coconut oil in coffee! Well, taste it before you waste it. These ingredients, besides boosting the low-carb quality of Keto coffee, add a unique taste and scent to it.
Nutritional content per Serving:
Fat 45.6 gms
Protein 15.2 gms
Carbohydrates 3.1 gms
Calories 474 kcal
Potassium 249 mg
What makes Keto Coffee every Dietician and Personal Trainer’s favourite
There are multiple reasons why Keto Coffee qualifies as a perfect low-carb, healthy drink that is also a great breakfast beverage:
The Macronutrient Ratio of Keto coffee Fat:Protein:Carbs is 85:13:2. This makes it the perfect Ketogenic diet, i.e. Low carb and high fat. Hence, weight loss and health gain can be guaranteed.
Extra virgin (organic) coconut oil is technically an MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil that invigorates your fat intake and curbs your hunger pangs. MCTs in coconut oil augment the production of ketone bodies and aid weight-loss.
Unsalted grass-fed butter is a natural and organic form of butter that is extremely rich in vitamin K and Omega 3 Fatty acids. This is because cows which are fed with fresh grass tend to yield dairy products that have an improved consistency.
Cinnamon is especially recommended to people with Diabetes. It is a great source to regulate the Blood Sugar levels. Plus, it adds taste to the beverage.
Gelatin is popular for its vast range of health benefits. It boosts the immunity and hormonal balance in human body. People with a leaky gut are recommended to include gelatine in their diet. Other than that, it contributing greatly in maintaining a healthy skin, hair and joints.
Pasteurized egg yolks contain fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids. They are the best source of protein and aid in muscle building. Almost every personal trainer recommends having pasteurized egg yolks.
All in all, Keto coffee is highly satiating, thanks to its fat content. So your appetite gets cut down, leading to further weight loss.
What are the possible Benefits of having Keto Coffee for a low-carb Diet?
While the research is still in its infancy, there are a lot of testimonials on the Internet which claim Keto Coffee to be an incredible health booster.
It is considered to be a great low-carb beverage that can aid in weight-loss and healthy eating (drinking in this case), by way of Ketosis. Especially with MCT as an ingredient, Keto coffee can help you lose the adipose tissue (fat tissue), thus get slimmer.
Caffeine is known for its energy boosting qualities. It can modify cognitive function and alert your brain.
It is rich in fats and helps you stay full and satiated for longer periods of time. Ultimately, your craving to eat time and again gets curbed automatically. Plus fat is a great source of energy.
It is a very delicious medium of cutting carbohydrates from your diet and including healthy, saturated fats.
It is a common myth that saturated fat leads to Coronary Heart diseases and increases the chances of a Heart Attack. But like I said, it is a myth and has been debunked a number of times.
The inclusion of egg in Keto coffee makes it optimal in protein content. Protein is especially important if you are a hard core gymmer and love to workout.
With cinnamon bring included as a major ingredient, Keto coffee helps the Diabetic patients to regulate their blood sugar levels.
What can be the possible Disadvantages of Keto Coffee?
Nothing is perfect in life, nor is Keto Coffee. Beside all these benefits, Keto coffee can come with its own baggage:
With the intake of carbohydrates curbed to such an extent, Keto coffee can lead to deficiency of carbs in your body. To prevent this micronutrient deficiency, you may have to take in alternate health supplements along with.
Since your body is trying to shift its energy-generator from carbs to ketones, you may face fatigue and tiredness in the initial days of your Keto coffee diet. However, this may eventually subside and the blood sugar levels will be normalized.
For diabetic people, the excess generation of Ketones can even lead to death. This is because the acidic nature of ketones can lead to a low blood pH and is often seen to be fatal for sugar patients.
In the end, Keto coffee functions on the idea of cutting down nutrients from your diet. This can never be beneficial in the long run.
You have got to be REALLY healthy and actively working out to intake and burn such huge levels of saturated fats. People have often complained to have noticed a rise in their cholesterol after the intake of Keto Coffee.
How does having more Fat lead to weight loss?
Ketogenic diet is all about focusing on the fats and ignoring carbohydrates. The concept has gained momentum in the recent years as people have started to understand the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats; i.e. healthy and unhealthy fats respectively.
Basically, ingredients like butter that were immensely demonized for their ‘weight-increasing’ quality have finally been cleared of the misconception. According to Ketoship, butter contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) that has been testified to reduce Body Fat Mass in obese and over-weight people.
Especially in Ketogenic diet, you intake more fat so you could curb your appetite and stay satiated for longer. Plus, the diet aims to burn the fat-storehouses in your body. This leads to elimination of extra fat in your system. And since carbs are already supplied in lower quantities, good health becomes inevitable.
And finally, coffee in itself is a Thermogenic, meaning it lends a hand in boosting metabolism and increasing weight-loss activites. This ultimately means that a combination of butter and coffee has the potential to promote healthy eating and fat-burning.
Should you try the Keto Coffee Diet?
I’d suggest some professional help when you are trying to adopt such an immense dietary change that is (let’s face it) way outside of evolutionary norms. Consult a Dietician to know whether it will suit your physical dynamics or not. Keto coffee may work wonders for some and turn out to be a complete failure for others!