Fact: Coconut oil is one of the most versatile items in your kitchen pantry. Making a curry? Fry your vegetables in it. Need a DIY makeup remover? Apply to your face before bed and wash off. Yep, sweet-smelling coconut oil is offically a household staple. But by far the trendiest way to use this multipurpose hero? Put it in your coffee.
Wait, what? Yep, people are adding a tablespoon (or two) of coconut oil into their morning cup of joe. Some call this concoction keto coffee while others blend it with grass-fed butter to make bulletproof coffee.
What are the benefits? Coconut oil is a natural source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), a form of saturated fatty acid that is more rapidly absorbed by the body than other fats. And according to proponents (ketogenic diet followers like Alicia Vikander, tech tycoons and biohacking enthusiasts, to name a few), adding these to your diet can help suppress hunger, boost your metabolism and increase energy levels. The verdict’s out if this really works (and many experts are skeptical), but it’s a pretty big trend that doesn’t seem to be showing any sign of slowing down.
And how does it taste? The verdict’s out on that one, too. Some say it’s creamy, frothy and delicious while others say it’s oily and, erm, kind of gross. (Top tip: Blend the oil into your coffee instead of just stirring it in.)
So, should I try it? If you’re trying to cut calories or limit your fat intake, then you should probably give this one a miss. But if you’re curious about the keto diet or looking to replace your caramel frap, extra whip with something better for you, then give it a go.