I lasted three weeks drinking black coffee (no coconut oil, no MCT oil, no grass-fed butter). My intention was to sustain a full month, but I couldn’t do it!
My little trial was to see if the significant amount of saturated fat I was consuming in my daily coffee was affecting my bodyfat levels. As best I could, I made no other dietary changes these three weeks. Kept my red wine habit going, plenty of protein and vegetables, starch around workouts, etc.
I’m telling you, my taste buds are angry and want the three weeks back. My Peet’s coffee had less flavor, less body. Every cup was flat, and I didn’t enjoy my coffee like I want to.
One long day last weekend I was out of town, at a CrossFit competition, with only Quest and Rx bars to get me through the day. My breakfast was bacon and eggs, so my saturated fat quota began well, but with no meals prepared for the trip, I envisioned a no-fat 12-14 hours ahead of me. I neglected to bring MCT or coconut oil on the drive; blame my early morning start.
So I fired up the Starbucks app on my iPhone, located coffee on the route and near my destination, and got back into the fat! Remember, Starbucks uses wonderful, grass-fed Kerry Gold Irish butter. Each Grande Americano I drank had two pats of butter added.
Oh, these coffees tasted wonderful. Smooth and creamy, full of flavor - just as I remembered. The saturated fat in my coffee throughout the day helped get me through a long event, and the 2 1/2 hour drive each way.
So just how much saturated fat did I cut out of my life for three weeks? My MCT oil has 14.2 grams of fat in a tablespoon (128 calories). Kerry Gold butter has 100 calories, 12 grams of fat, in a tablespoon. I’d estimate that in my half dozen or so 12-16 oz cups of coffee or Americano each day, I added 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter (at Starbucks it’s only butter; at home it’s butter and MCT oil).
I’m pretty careful with how much MCT oil I add; the stuff is expensive. In an average day it’s only a tablespoon total; on a weekend it can be a bit more as I’m drinking all my coffee at home.
My average saturated fat consumption in coffee each day turns out to be about 250-300 calories, or 25-30 grams of fat. So over the course of my three weeks I saved 5500-6000 calories, about 575-600 grams of fat. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?
Based upon casual mirror examination (no selfies!), and a couple of off-hand comments from others in the gym, I may have stripped a little bit of body fat. Performance in the gym didn’t change; during this three weeks I suffered a couple of nagging injuries (elbow, calf, rotator cuff flare-up), so my workouts changed a bit, but not the intensity nor number of workouts. In my view, I’m utilizing the saturated fat in my coffee as fuel, and protection against inflammation.
Keep the fat in coffee! Enjoy life, enjoy coffee
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