Coffee is an ever-growing part of our everyday culture…

Whether it’s your morning cappuccino, a coffee-infused cake, or even an alcoholic beverage.

Caffeine is the active ingredient in the beans and aside from giving us an energy boost, it has also been linked to helping maintain ketosis and a strong keto-diet in general.

Studies suggest that drinking caffeinated coffee in the morning spikes ketone levels in 10 test patients from 88% to 116% [1], allowing them to burn fat more efficiently.

The stimulant has also been associated with the burning of fat through thermogenesis, the production of heat.

In other words,

Coffee can be a great addition to your diet plan and keep you on track with ketosis, and you’d be surprised at how many options there are.

Just keep in mind, it’s important to not over-consume coffee as its active ingredient, caffeine, can be addictive. Drinking coffee in moderation is also important because it can disrupt your sleeping pattern, especially when you drink it at night.

Let’s take a look at five ways to enjoy keto-friendly coffee!

Black Coffee

You might have a favorite instant coffee or you might like to treat yourself to your favorite coffee shop specialty drink, but one thing we all know is that black coffee is a hit. It can be prepared hot or cold, and it has been connected to many health benefits.

Enjoying a cup of unsweetened, black coffee contains next to no calories or carbs, making it not only a quick and convenient method of brewing, but also keto-friendly.

Black coffee has a high antioxidant count and it’s rich in hydroxycinnamic acid, which helps protect your body’s cell from free radicals.

Though this may be the most basic option on the list, you can be certain that it won’t negatively affect your keto diet.

Grass-Fed Butter

We already knew that grass-fed butter works wonders for keto dieters, but did you know that you can put in your coffee too?

It gives it a delicious, creamy texture to your brew unlike the taste of milk or a powdered creamer, and it also causes the caffeine to react differently when you ingest it.

The butter’s fat content can cause the caffeine in the coffee to release much slower than usual and slows down the surge of energy which you may normally get when drinking a double espresso shot.

In addition, grass-fed butter contains vitamins that are good for your heart, eyesight and the strength of your immune system when fighting infection.

The level of fat content in the butter can also help you take in other vitamins more effectively when digesting your food.

Heavy Creamer

If you use cream in your current keto diet and are potentially looking for something new to add it to, look no further. Adding unsweetened heavy creamer to your coffee can give it a great, thick texture and it doesn’t even need sugar which, ideally, should be avoided.

Related: Top 10 Best Keto Coffee Creamers

It has minimal sodium levels which can help reduce high blood pressure levels and the risk of heart disease, with hypertension being one of the leading causes.

On top of that, it has a good Vitamin D content—a fat-soluble vitamin which can help regulate calcium and phosphorus levels while promoting a more efficient immune system.

MCT Oil

MCT oil (Medium-chain triglyceride) is a supplement that’s usually extracted from coconut oil. Most of the fats in coconut oil are from MCTs.

When referring to its medium chain, it is describing the length of the chain, and as they are shorter in length, they’re easier to break down and, subsequently, easily digested.

The best part is that they can be used as energy much faster than the long chains [2], which require excess bile to break down. The supplement has been known to lower cholesterol as it helps with weight management, which can lead to a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and inflammation.

People with type 2 diabetes may want to use MCT oil too, as a study of 10 participants [3] showed that they required 30% more sugar when they were not consuming the MCT oil, suggesting that it can help regulate blood sugar levels.

If you’re struggling to find MCT oil in the store, you can find it online.

Unsweetened Almond Milk

Almond milk is a trendy choice nowadays due to it being a tasty, vegan alternative to cow’s milk. You can also use almond milk for a range of foods such as muesli, soup or even homemade ice cream.

It can also put a new twist on your coffee and help you lose weight at the same time. Although almonds are relatively high in fat, the final product of the milk contains barely one-third of the fat you’d find in cow’s milk.

Another benefit to almond milk is that it has a high level of Vitamin E, due to almond nuts being packed with it.

A one-ounce serving of almonds contains 7.3mg, which is 37% of the recommended daily intake. Lactose-intolerance is thought to affect at least 65% of the world’s population in one form or another but, fortunately, almond milk is dairy-free, and you won’t need to worry about intolerances.

Summary

Just because you’re going keto doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in the morning! Try one of these additions to your morning cup of Joe for a bounty of health benefits and distinctive flavors.

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References
[1] Vandenberghe, Camille & St-Pierre, Valérie & Courchesne-Loyer, Alexandre & Hennebelle, Marie & Castellano, Christian-Alexandre & C Cunnane, Stephen. (2016). Caffeine intake increases plasma ketones: An acute metabolic study in humans. Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. 95. 10.1139/cjpp-2016-0338.

[2] Takeuchi H, Sekine S, Kojima K, Aoyama T. The application of medium-chain fatty acids: edible oil with a suppressing effect on body fat accumulation. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008;17 Suppl 1:320-3.

[3] Eckel RH, Hanson AS, Chen AY, Berman JN, Yost TJ, Brass EP. Dietary substitution of medium-chain triglycerides improves insulin-mediated glucose metabolism in NIDDM subjects. Diabetes. 1992 May;41(5):641-7.

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Jessica Cotzin is a freelance writer, web developer, and avid traveler. Born and raised in South Florida, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multi-Media Journalism from Florida Atlantic University and currently resides in Miami Beach. Her passions lie in reading great literature and traveling the world, bumping blindly into new adventures.

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