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How about Bulletproof Tea?

by 1321 · January 06, 2014 at 6:41 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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2628 · 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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4232 · 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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11036 · 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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390 · 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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3365 · 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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26354 · 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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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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1513 · 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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1244 · 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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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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1643 · 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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289 · December 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

yea it called Tibetan Butter Tea

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3365 · 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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-2 · March 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM

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

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