If you’re new to the Bulletproof diet and lifestyle, we’re here to help you master a critical part of the diet: cooking!
There are plenty of guidelines to consider when cooking with the Bulletproof diet.
These can range from choosing the right fats to monitoring (or just eliminating) your gluten intake.
Let’s stay on the subject of fats; choosing the right fats for Bulletproof cooking is one of the most important aspects of successful Bulletproof cooking.
You might ask, “Why can’t I just use butter?”
Well, you can, as long as it’s butter from a healthy, grass-fed source. Choose it for an unmatched taste and a healthy accent to any dish.
But, there are many other excellent types of fats that you can cook with too. Let’s expand your healthy fat horizon!
Choose grass-fed ghee if you’re lactose intolerant.
Choose coconut oil if you don’t want any flavours interfering with the taste of your final dish.
Finally, don’t leave out olive oil; as long as it’s cold-pressed (and not cooked), it’s an extraordinarily beneficial and healthy fat.
Let’s take a look at these four fats for Bulletproof cooking.
Bulletproof Cooking With Grass-Fed Butter
Consider Janice’s situation.
Janice has long loved the taste of butter in her dishes.
She’s recently switched over to a Bulletproof diet but has heard the controversy surrounding butter and saturated fat.
Conventionally produced butter may pose harmful effects to human health.
Grass-fed butter from pasture-raised cattle, however, has many benefits as opposed to its corn-fed counterpart.
Grass-fed butter is heart-healthy, containing excellent amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids.
It’s also full of conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid that’s believed to provide humans with cardiovascular benefits.
When it comes to cooking, however, butter is one of the best tools; it doesn’t lose form easily in the presence of heat.
This means that its fats are less likely to oxidize and form harmful trans-fatty acids.
If Janice decides to pick up a stick of grass-fed butter, she won’t be disappointed!
Bulletproof Cooking With Grass-Fed Ghee
Okay, let’s consider Janice’s new-found Bulletproof lifestyle again.
Let’s say Janice is looking for an alternate option to grass-fed butter because (surprise!) she’s recently discovered that she’s lactose intolerant.
Well, Janice is in luck; she can get the taste and health benefits of grass-fed butter without the lactose by purchasing a jar of grass-fed ghee!
Ghee, like butter, doesn’t easily oxidize in the presence of heat.
It contains a desirable amount of conjugated linoleic acid (that heart-healthy fatty acid that we just talked about). Also, Janice wouldn’t find any lactose and casein in it.
This makes it the go-to fat to cook with for any lactose-intolerant Bulletproof dieters out there.
Janice is over the moon with her new fatty options! But, her friend Jane isn’t just yet. What if Jane is looking to stay away from dairy completely? (And, many people are.)
Bulletproof Cooking With Coconut Oil
Jane is looking for a healthy fat for her Bulletproof diet.
She’s tired of butter dominating the flavour of her dishes and wants a fat that stays neutral.
Jane needs to get her hands on a jar of coconut oil.
Coconut oil, long demonized in the world of nutrition, has recently sprung up again as a healthy alternative to butter, ghee, and other forms of cooking fat.
(You can also stick a tablespoon of coconut oil in your coffee and substitute it for butter, making a healthy Bulletproof beverage.)
Coconut oil, like butter, has an extremely high smoking point. In other words, you can cook with it and it won’t easily oxidize.
It’s a flavour-neutral fat, as well; the taste of coconut is practically non-existent.
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There are dozens of other benefits to using coconut oil, as well; its abundance of medium chain triglycerides help spin the body into a state of ketosis much quicker.
Virgin coconut oil, if minimally processed, also contains a vast amount of natural antioxidants.
These antioxidants can help fight infection, heart disease, and (potentially) cancer!
Coconut oil has re-emerged as a healthy alternative for healthy cooking fats, just like grass-fed butter and ghee.
Whether or not you’ve bulletproofed your diet and/or lifestyle, coconut oil is definitely an oil that everyone should cook with.
So far, these options are great, yes?
What if, however, you’re looking to use something other than solid fats and want a tasty, healthy, easy-to-spread oil to cook with?
Bulletproof Cooking With Olive Oil
Let’s hang out with Jane a bit longer.
Jane knows about the heart-healthy benefits of both butter and ghee.
She also knows about the protective benefits of coconut oil, as well.
She’s worried about one thing: she wants to know if she can cook with olive oil in a bulletproof diet.
Olive oil, first used as a dermatological remedy by the Ancient Greeks, has made its way into the culinary world in just the past century.
Its taste is highly sought after. Its flavour can be quite dominant, but it’s still a versatile oil to include in your everyday cooking regimen.
Olive oil has a moderate smoking point, BUT – the fatty acids in olive oil are very sensitive to heat…
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Even keeping your pan heated to a low temperature, you are still likely to harm or oxidize its fatty structure.
Like coconut oil, olive oil carries with it many unique benefits for the human body.
It’s high in a fatty acid known as oleic acid which reduces bodily inflammation.
It’s also full of antioxidants, but only if you buy it in the right form.
Look for the terms “cold-pressed” and “extra-virgin” on the labels. Both need to be present for a high-quality olive oil.
Olive oil that’s highly refined or processed is usually already oxidized in its package, meaning it’s already no good for your body!
In short: if you don’t mind the strong flavour, olive oil is an excellent choice for the Bulletproof diet, but not for cooking. Don’t heat your olive oil in a pan, and make sure to buy the right type.
The Four Fats for Bulletproof Cooking
These four fats are staples in any Bulletproof diet.
Grass-fed butter is a great all-purpose cooking fat; it’s flavorful and doesn’t oxidize easily.
Ghee is another great option, especially if you’re lactose intolerant. Like butter, ghee is best when it’s from grass-fed cattle.
For those who want to skip the cow products entirely, look for coconut oil which is packed with health benefits and has an extremely high smoking point.
Also, consider cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil for an easy-to-use additive to your means, but don’t use it as a cooking oil.
With these four fats for Bulletproof cooking, your dishes will be full of both flavour and health benefits.
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