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How about Bulletproof Tea?

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Created December 28, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I'm not much of a coffee drinker, my last stint as one being during employment with a game publisher with very demanding hours years ago, however I've recently gotten back into green tea. Of course with all of the references to Bulletproof Coffee I am wondering if something similar can just as effectively be done with green or white tea.

I don't have any grass-fed butter but I did try adding some coconut oil to my tea once. It had very little impact on the flavor but added a small oily texture to the drink. Other than that I didn't really notice a large leap. At least not one that would cause me to forgo virgin tea. Then again I wasn't particularly low on energy at the time so I could try again when I'm a bit more desperate for a pick-me up.

Or is there a synergy of the butter, coconut oil and coffee that can't be reproduced in tea? I figure that the combination of caffeine + fats + antioxidants is the main draw to something like Bulletproof so I, personally, don't see why tea can't be used. However, I may be missing something.

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0 · November 03, 2013 at 10:29 AM

"you could eat real food and it would have way more vitamins and minerals." Well of course you could eat real food. What kind of redundant statement is that? And why would you limit yourself to one or the other? You could receive the benefits of BOTH.

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116 · May 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Has anyone invented bulletproof bone broth yet?

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10 · May 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM

As an after thought. If you are really opposed to adding the butter I would say try just mixing some mct in your morning coffee

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10 · May 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Damn autocorrect. Please,kindly, make a mental note that "grasses cows" means "grass-fed cows" among the other typos. Thanks!

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1356 · March 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

It's interesting that you necromancer this thread nearly three months later EXACTLY when I'm trying bulletproof coffee for the first time. Literally sat down to my first sip when I saw a response pop up. Oh, and it's not bad. Kind of like it, though not enough to regularly do it. One more tool in the tackle box.

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4458 · February 14, 2013 at 3:44 AM

'bulletproof' tea (aka butter tea, po cha, Tibetan tea,...) was likely the inspiration for bulletproof coffee

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4458 · February 14, 2013 at 3:43 AM

'bulletproof' tea (aka butter tea, po cha, Tibetan tea) was likely the inspiration for bulletproof coffee

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4458 · February 14, 2013 at 3:42 AM

'bulletproof' tea (aka butter tea) was likely the inspiration for bulletproof coffee

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26182 · January 04, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Yes, I know. I love chai, and I drink it black. I am specifically talking about the lingo at starbucks

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3442 · January 04, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Specifically, casein inhibits absorption of EGCG. However, you'd have to drink A LOT of green tea to ingest a therapeutic dose of EGCG anyway.

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3442 · January 04, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I hate to 'get all yuppie', but Chai isn't just a tea latte. Chai is black tea seasoned with traditional Indian spices. Black pepper, star anise, cinnamon, clove, etc. yes, it's traditionally served latte. And, yes, I bet it'd be dynamite served bulletproof.

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2668 · December 30, 2012 at 12:25 AM

i don't know what the definition of trolling or troll is, and i'm not sure i care. this is a community where people can share their opinions, and i shared mine - i see no difference between adding fat to coffee or tea, and consider both to be less optimal than real food. i said my peace, spoke to a few others including the OP (with absolutely no disrespect) and i don't really care to converse with you about this.

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3442 · December 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

If you had other intentions, please explain...

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1663 · December 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I would hope grass-fed buter from the US isn't full of growth hormones. Same thing with their raw milk. Just doesn't jive with it's original purpose, ya know?

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3442 · December 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

You're trolling this thread. You should stop.

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2668 · December 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

kashkillz, take a deep breath. check the aggression, please.

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3442 · December 29, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Why are people up voting this miserable clown? He didn't even try to answer the question, had no intention to. His sole purpose for appearing in this thread is to be a troll. The question wasn't 'Why don't more people try bulletproof coffee?' The question is for a comparison of coffee vs tea in a drink that 'jake' has clearly never tried, and never will. Which he has made very clear to all of us. In case we give a fuck.

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1230 · December 29, 2012 at 6:58 AM

I suffer from the frustration that is the Canadian Dairy Council as well and I have used Lactencia quite a bit. It seems the best quality butter on the market without going organic. Remember we Canuks don't use the same hormones and such that our cousins do so it is not so bad. Not saying it is as good as grass fed but it tastes better than the generic Safeway crap that is for sure.

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2668 · December 29, 2012 at 2:33 AM

@dan, when i consume calories to fuel activity, i call it a meal. you can call it a snack, or anything else. we're just scrapping over semantics. @nvor, trying something 'just cause' is a worthwhile thing!

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1356 · December 29, 2012 at 1:36 AM

I certainly understand the sentiment of eating real food. In fact I've only ever tried this 'bulletproof' drink just to try it. However, I can definitely appreciate those that may not have the time in their mornings or simply just wish to forgo a meal in favor of the stop-gap that bulletproof coffee appears to be.

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3979 · December 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Who says he's calling it a meal?

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2668 · December 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

i never could hang with the cool kids...

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5356 · December 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

You wrote you don't understand it....come to the dark side Jake...or medium roast side...drink the coffee Jake...all the cool kids are doing it even if we can't for the life of us get our free range fingers on Kerrygold butter...do it Jake...otherwise you hate the planet :P

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2668 · December 28, 2012 at 9:04 PM

this is still america, mathgirl72. do enjoy.

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11048 · December 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM

...and take more time on a busy morning. You make your meal, I'll continue with BP coffee and loving the hell out of it.

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855 · December 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I think the Bulletproof guy got the idea for BP Coffee from Butter Tea which is drunk in the Himalayas. It is basically black tea, yak butter, and salt.

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689 · December 28, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Curious to hear this too. I know coffee is typically brewed at a much higher temperature than tea so it might be harder to emulsify the fats at the lower temperature, but it might work just fine.

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12702 · December 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Check out Tibetan butter tea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_tea

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2668 · December 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM

i just don't get the whole 'plunk a gob of fat in my drink and call it a meal' thing. you could eat real food and it would have way more vitamins and minerals. and you can chew it.

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3979 · December 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Who says he's calling it a meal?

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2668 · December 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

i never could hang with the cool kids...

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5356 · December 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

You wrote you don't understand it....come to the dark side Jake...or medium roast side...drink the coffee Jake...all the cool kids are doing it even if we can't for the life of us get our free range fingers on Kerrygold butter...do it Jake...otherwise you hate the planet :P

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3442 · December 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

If you had other intentions, please explain...

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11048 · December 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM

...and take more time on a busy morning. You make your meal, I'll continue with BP coffee and loving the hell out of it.

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2668 · December 29, 2012 at 2:33 AM

@dan, when i consume calories to fuel activity, i call it a meal. you can call it a snack, or anything else. we're just scrapping over semantics. @nvor, trying something 'just cause' is a worthwhile thing!

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2668 · December 28, 2012 at 9:04 PM

this is still america, mathgirl72. do enjoy.

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1356 · December 29, 2012 at 1:36 AM

I certainly understand the sentiment of eating real food. In fact I've only ever tried this 'bulletproof' drink just to try it. However, I can definitely appreciate those that may not have the time in their mornings or simply just wish to forgo a meal in favor of the stop-gap that bulletproof coffee appears to be.

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3442 · December 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

You're trolling this thread. You should stop.

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2668 · December 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

kashkillz, take a deep breath. check the aggression, please.

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3442 · December 29, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Why are people up voting this miserable clown? He didn't even try to answer the question, had no intention to. His sole purpose for appearing in this thread is to be a troll. The question wasn't 'Why don't more people try bulletproof coffee?' The question is for a comparison of coffee vs tea in a drink that 'jake' has clearly never tried, and never will. Which he has made very clear to all of us. In case we give a fuck.

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2668 · December 30, 2012 at 12:25 AM

i don't know what the definition of trolling or troll is, and i'm not sure i care. this is a community where people can share their opinions, and i shared mine - i see no difference between adding fat to coffee or tea, and consider both to be less optimal than real food. i said my peace, spoke to a few others including the OP (with absolutely no disrespect) and i don't really care to converse with you about this.

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0 · November 03, 2013 at 10:29 AM

"you could eat real food and it would have way more vitamins and minerals." Well of course you could eat real food. What kind of redundant statement is that? And why would you limit yourself to one or the other? You could receive the benefits of BOTH.

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4218 · January 04, 2013 at 3:56 PM

My experience with bulletproof (mct, coconut oil, unsalted grassfed butter) coffee and tea was exactly the same -- after a year of experimentation I found the only difference was that it all stalled my weight loss. I get better results with strict IFing and don't feel any less energized or alert. Your mileage may vary.

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11048 · December 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Yes, you can use tea. I prefer using weak coffee because I don't like anything in my tea. I use the BP coffee as a way to get a dose of fat without eating and I don't like to eat coconut oil and butter by themselves. BP coffee at 6AM keeps me energized until 4PM, sometimes later. I can eat an apple at the first sign of hunger and eat supper with my family between 6PM and 8PM.

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389 · May 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Definitely. I do bulletproof green tea or Yerba Mate quite often. I am too sensitive to coffee to drink it more than 2-3x week so I have played around with a lot of other options. By far, mixing some GF butter, MCT oil, and a square of Dark Chocolate with some French Pressed Yerba Mate = The best. You just feel great for hours and get an immediate mood boost!

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10 · May 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

The other difference is the fact that grasses cows make their butter milk (and thus butter) from different fats. The fats in grasses butter are a lot healthier than the fats in your average stick of butter. Also, the idea behind "dropping a hunk of fat in your coffee) is that you are avoiding glycolysis which means you are maintaining a state of fasting (yes I realize the butter has calories). Since fats are metabolized differently than sugars you avoid a large insulin spike. Since the fats in bp coffee and tea are medium chain triglycerides they actually promote the metabolization of fat (which causes an increase in energy and a priority on burning other body fat stores as energy)and as a byproduct produce large quantities of ketones which, among other things, promote mental focus and clarity. Since it provides energy an is somewhat filling it can help someone who is practicing intermittent fasting avoid hunger pains as well as provide energy without waking the body from its fast until the fast can be broken (ie with Bulletproof fasting at 2pm)

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10 · May 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM

As an after thought. If you are really opposed to adding the butter I would say try just mixing some mct in your morning coffee

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10 · May 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Damn autocorrect. Please,kindly, make a mental note that "grasses cows" means "grass-fed cows" among the other typos. Thanks!

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3442 · December 29, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Honestly, you're completely overlooking the importance of freshness in the bulletproof program. Finding a coffee, or tea, that has spent a minimal amount of time on the shelf, and has been processed most efficiently, is way more important than whether it's made with one or the other.

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26182 · December 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

it's called a tea latte, or if you want to get all yuppie, a "Chai Tea Latte"

Honestly, the difference between butter and whole milk is less lactose (if you are intolerant that's a big deal) and less protein (read almost none).

Personally I don't like milk, or butter, or coconut oil, or anything else in my coffee or my tea. I'd rather drink high quality coffee and enjoy the natural nuanced flavors.

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26182 · January 04, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Yes, I know. I love chai, and I drink it black. I am specifically talking about the lingo at starbucks

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3442 · January 04, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I hate to 'get all yuppie', but Chai isn't just a tea latte. Chai is black tea seasoned with traditional Indian spices. Black pepper, star anise, cinnamon, clove, etc. yes, it's traditionally served latte. And, yes, I bet it'd be dynamite served bulletproof.

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694 · December 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I've tried this with green tea using coconut oil and grassfed butter.

Didn't taste too bad!

As with the coffee, I didn't really notice a difference in my mental clarity or how I felt... but I just viewed it as a way of increasing my daily intake of MCTs!

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0 · January 06, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I made a Tulsi Tea Bullet Proof Latte this morning and it was delicious! :)

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1523 · March 24, 2013 at 1:14 AM

yak butter tea is what the sherpas in the Himalayas drink, IT IS LEGIT.

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1232 · January 04, 2013 at 3:19 PM

I would think there's a big difference between using butter in black tea and using it green tea. The butter in bulletproof coffee is meant to replace the dairy. However I always hear that you shouldn't take milk/dairy with green tea as it cancels the antioxidant effects.

I've recently started drinking green tea with a tsp of coconut oil every morning. Apparently Miranda Kerr does it.

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3442 · January 04, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Specifically, casein inhibits absorption of EGCG. However, you'd have to drink A LOT of green tea to ingest a therapeutic dose of EGCG anyway.

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0 · January 04, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I just made this with black tea, Kerrygold, and coconut oil. Have ordered MCT. The emulsification is with a stick blender. Then you are not drinking an oil slick. You would probably need to read about intermittent fasting before debating pros and cons.

What I wonder is if you can use grass fed ghee - I think amazon has cultured grass fed ghee. I only got to buy a bunch of Kerrygold when a trader's joe shipment heading to east coast had to turn back because of Sandy and my Amish store bought a bunch of the food.

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1663 · December 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I've done this with yerba mate, but since Canadians don't have access to the wonder that is grass-fed Kerrygold, I had to sub organic butter and coconut oil.

It's not bad. I'll take a normal breakfast, however.

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1663 · December 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I would hope grass-fed buter from the US isn't full of growth hormones. Same thing with their raw milk. Just doesn't jive with it's original purpose, ya know?

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1230 · December 29, 2012 at 6:58 AM

I suffer from the frustration that is the Canadian Dairy Council as well and I have used Lactencia quite a bit. It seems the best quality butter on the market without going organic. Remember we Canuks don't use the same hormones and such that our cousins do so it is not so bad. Not saying it is as good as grass fed but it tastes better than the generic Safeway crap that is for sure.

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289 · December 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

yea it called Tibetan Butter Tea

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3442 · December 28, 2012 at 8:21 PM

The only problem with 'bulletproof' tea would be tracking down a source which could help minimize time between harvest & ingestion. Maybe difficult, maybe not. Pretty simple & affordable with coffee beans.

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Dumbasses...just drink coffee or tea and eat real food.

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1356 · March 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

It's interesting that you necromancer this thread nearly three months later EXACTLY when I'm trying bulletproof coffee for the first time. Literally sat down to my first sip when I saw a response pop up. Oh, and it's not bad. Kind of like it, though not enough to regularly do it. One more tool in the tackle box.

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