SIBO Friendly Bulletproof Coffee

SIBO Friendly Bulletproof Coffee

SIBO Fighting + Intestinal Renewal – Iced Bulletproof Coffee Recipes

In honor of the new Bulletproof ghee, this oldie but goodie is getting a new coat of paint.

Bulletproof® coffee is very popular. A common recipe for the coffee starts with high quality, very low mycotoxin coffee beans (Bulletproof® Coffee Beans),  Brain Octane™ oil, and grass-fed butter (Kerrygold unsalted butter is a good choice.) Some people also add chocolate and xylitol to their coffee for taste.

The caffeine in the coffee increases your mental alertness and capabilities. 1 Bulletproof® Coffee Beans, because of the caffeine, should be avoided if you have adrenal issues, heart palpitations, or thyroid issues. Chlorogenic acid found in coffee is a potent antioxidant, 2 and also may slow the release of insulin after meals. 3 Chlorogenic acid has also been shown to reduce insulin sensitivity. 4

Brain Octane™ is used in Bulletproof® coffee to increase ketone levels in the body, 5 and provide satiety. 6 Brain Octane™ can also strengthen the gut by reducing yeast overgrowth in the digestive tract. 7 Brain Octane™ will help you keep yourself in ketosis if you are doing intermittent fasting. 8

Finally, grass-fed butter in the coffee is used as a good source of fat and also to provide satiety. Grass-fed butter is a good source of vitamin A and K2, which can help improve vision, cardiovascular health, and bone strength. 9

There are some potential problems with certain ingredients in  Bulletproof® coffee if you have digestive issues, including the butter, chocolate, and xylitol.

Butter can irritate your intestines if you are a person who has SIBO or lactose intolerance. Butter has a very small amount of lactose (milk sugar), that can ferment if you have dysbiosis, which can cause bloating and flatulence. If you have lactose intolerance, ingestion of lactose can cause diarrhea and irritate the digestive tract. 10 11 Butter does contain small amounts of casein (milk protein) that can cause digestion problems as well. 12 Ghee, if made properly, has no lactose or casein. Ghee is just pure milk fat. Usually, people that cannot tolerate butter can tolerate casein-free labeled ghee (Bulletproof® sells a great casein-free grass fed ghee.) If you can not tolerate ghee, egg yolks can be used, but the yolks might knock you out of ketosis.

Chocolate can relax the lower esophageal sphincter, 13 which may cause SIBO symptoms in some people. Chocolate has fructans in it which are a FODMAP. 14 Fructans in chocolate are fermentable and can cause problems in some people with IBS or SIBO.

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol 15 that can irritate the gastrointestinal tract in someone that has either IBS or SIBO. 16 Xylitol is fermentable by bacteria in the intestines and can cause a lot of excess gas in people with digestion problems. Sugar alcohols can cause abdominal cramps in patients with IBS or SIBO. Do not use any other sugar alcohols in your Bulletproof® coffee including sorbitol and mannitol.

So to make Bulletproof® coffee SIBO friendly we need to adjust a few of the ingredients. Switch out the butter with either casein-free labeled ghee like Bulletproof® ghee or pastured eggs. Also use stevia only to sweeten the coffee instead of any sugar alcohols. Finally, use Upgraded™ Vanilla Max to flavor the coffee instead of  Upgraded™ chocolate.

If the Brain Octane™, ghee, or eggs upset your stomach take one Enzymedica Digest Gold digestive enzyme with the coffee to help digest the extra fat. An upset stomach can happen if you have just started drinking Bulletproof® coffee because your body is not acclimated to the high amount of healthy fats in one meal. If you do not have a gallbladder supplementation with ox bile (Jarrow Formulas Bile Acid Factors) might help with digestion problems caused by the fat in the ghee and eggs. It might be better to omit the ghee and use an egg instead if you lack a gallbladder, or have gallbladder issues.

SIBO Friendly Bulletproof® Coffee Recipe Option One

  1.  Make two cups of prepared coffee using either an Aeropress or a coffee machine with a stainless steel filter. Use non-chlorinated / non-fluoridated water to make the coffee.
  2. Blend in the Bulletproof® ghee and Brain Octane™ into the coffee. Mix until dissolved and frothy.
  3. Add stevia to taste (usually a scoop or two if using the Now brand.) Mix stevia in with a spoon.
  4. Sprinkle Upgraded™ Vanilla Max on top and enjoy!

SIBO Friendly Bulletproof® Coffee Recipe Option Two

  1. Make two cups of prepared coffee using either an Aeropress or a coffee machine with a stainless steel filter. Use non-chlorinated / non-fluoridated water to make the coffee.
  2. Blend in the egg and Brain Octane™ into the coffee. Mixed until it is dissolved and frothy.
  3. Add stevia to taste (usually a scoop or two if using the Now brand.) Mix stevia in with a spoon.
  4. Sprinkle Upgraded™ Vanilla Max on top and enjoy!

Bulletproof® coffee, Brain Octane™ , and Upgraded™ vanilla, are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Better Baby LLC in the United States and internationally.

15 Comments
  1. Is Kal Stevia still recommended? Seems some customers are pissed about them adding maltodextrin and sourcing from China. Are there any other brands you would recommend? And does stevia have to be organic?

  2. It’s still a huge consideration for me – having Bulletproof Coffee when I suffer with IBS. I’ve looked at the pros and cons when it comes to this buttery coffee paired with digestive ailments, but I’m still unsure. Can you advise? Take a look at my post for my current considerations on this – http://mywellbeingjournal.com/2015/03/07/is-bulletproof-coffee-really-good-for-ibs/

  3. Love your website! Can people have low acid stomach have this bulletproof coffee?

  4. Shouldn’t this “Chlorogenic acid has also been shown to reduce insulin sensitivity.” say “Chlorogenic acid has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity.”?

  5. What if you have a sensitivity to eggs,avocados, and casien/lactose/milk fat? What source/s of fat can I eat? Fish ?

  6. No, milk has lactose which is considered a FODMAP.

  7. Hey man, I tried the option one recipe and liked it a lot. Could I add milk?

  8. Hey man, I tried the option one recipe and liked it a lot. Could I add milk?

  9. Hey man, I tried the option one recipe and liked it a lot. Could I add milk?

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