Product Review: LipiX Instant Edge Coffee

Posted: July 18, 2014 in Nutrition
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Instant Edge Vanilla

 

Recently, a frenzy has erupted over something called Bulletproof Coffee, which is so popular with idiots you would think Dr. Oz was behind it. The kevlar vest wearing beverage is a concoction promoted by Dave Asprey involving his “mycotoxin free” coffee blended up with anywhere between 20-60g of fat added in the form of grass-fed butter and MCT oil. The explosion in popularity of Bulletproof Coffee, of course, was followed by a predictable backlash from critics in the fitness industry. I don’t want to make this about Bulletproof Coffee, however I feel I need to address it due to its recent hype and the product similarities. So briefly, here’s why Lipix Instant Edge Coffee is NOT Bulletproof Coffee, and they should not be lumped together.

Mycotoxins are likely not an issue

If Asprey had his way, everybody would be buying his special mycotoxin free coffee. The problem is, we likely don’t need to be concerned with this issue. Kris Gunnars and good old Joe Rogan have already done a good job of explaining why, here and here, so if you’re interested check out those links.

Bulletproof Coffee calls for an absurdly high amount of fat

Adding up to 2TBSP MCT Oil and 2TBSP grass-fed butter to coffee would give most people almost their entire daily allotment of fat as well as a pretty uncomfortable experience in the bathroom (to be fair, Asprey recommends tapering up to this amount, which may or may not alleviate your toilet time…but based on the amount of clients I see with disturbed gut function, I’m going to say tapering up for a few days is a pretty useless idea).

If you’re not on a Low Carb Hi Fat (LCHF), or Ketogenic diet, this is just a dumb idea all around. Your blood lipids will likely suffer (noted here by Dr. Karl Nadolsky), as your body won’t use the high amounts of fat efficiently as fuel for the brain and body, because it hasn’t adapted enzymatically to do so. Asprey does recommend a LCHF diet (and honestly has a lot of great articles and podcasts on his site, so don’t take any of this as a shot at Dave in general), but the recent popularity of Bulletproof Coffee has all kinds of carb-loving soccer moms crushing this stuff when they have no business doing so. Even if you are on a ketogenic diet (which, by definition is a diet comprised of mostly fat), 60g of fat at breakfast is still an exceptionally high amount of fat for one meal unless you’re eating well over 3,000 calories per day.

Is adding fat to coffee a bad idea?

Absolutely not. This idea has been around for a while, which is why I think it’s funny that it has caught on so much recently. I recall reading a newsletter from Paul Chek, like, 5-6 years ago where he mentioned putting butter in his coffee in the mornings, and I thought; sounds gross, but I have to try that. It wasn’t gross. I’ve been doing it ever since, although I’ve recently switched to ghee after zeroing in on a dairy intolerance. But we’re talking about a couple of teaspoons of ghee here, or 8-10 grams of fat, not 60.

Why would you even want to put fat in your coffee in the first place? Well, it actually makes quite a bit of sense for a few reasons. Traditionally, most people use some form of sugar or milk (carbs) in their coffee for flavoring. I’ve had clients over the years that didn’t realize their morning “coffee” from Starbucks contained 300 calories and 45 grams of sugar. Not a great way to start the day, particularly when combined with caffeine. This is a set up for an appetite hike around lunch that sneaks up on you, then hits super hard due to the appetite suppressing effect of the caffeine. As the caffeine wears off, your brain recognizes the previously masked low blood sugar and sends you on a manic rage for carbs to feel normal again. You crave crappy foods, eat them, then crash.

When you add a reasonable amount of fat to your coffee in place of carbs, it provides you with a more steady energy that won’t drop blood sugar a few hours later.

All that being said, don’t go overboard on adding fat to your coffee. Drop in 1-2tsp of coconut oil, butter or ghee. If you like it, keep doing it. If you don’t notice any benefit, then stop doing it. And if you’re not following a ketogenic diet, adding MCT’s is just dumb.

Ketogenic dieters rejoice

If you are following a ketogenic diet (I personally have been for about two years straight now), you have quite a bit of freedom to fortify your coffee with extra fats, and MCT’s are a great choice. On a well formulated ketogenic diet (assuming you’ve been on it for at least two weeks), your body will be enzymatically adapted to handle dietary fats very efficiently.

While devoid of micronutrients, MCT’s provide an immediate source of mental and physical energy to the ketogenic dieter. Hence the purpose of this review; the folks at LipiX formulated a simple and convenient product that is truly just a combination of instant coffee and MCT’s, designed with ketogenic dieters in mind. No fillers or preservatives or unnecessary crap.

Drop some in hot water, stir, and you’re good to go. No brewing, no measuring out MCT oil. In two teaspoons, you get 75mg of caffeine and 5g of MCT’s. I typically use 2 Tablespoons in about 12oz liquid, which gives me 225mg caffeine and 15g MCT’s.

Initially they just offered a non-flavored formula, but have recently released chocolate and vanilla flavors. I have one of each in my kitchen and rotate through them. All three taste surprisingly good for an instant coffee. I’m sure some coffee snobs out there just won’t have it, but I haven’t been back to Starbucks since I found this stuff. The chocolate and vanilla flavors are subtle, you can taste the flavor but it doesn’t overpower.

Now that we’re in the midst of summer, I typically drink it cold.

My Recipes

Adjust dosages to meet your current nutritional needs:

Vanilla Almond Latte (cold)

  • 2TBSP Vanilla Instant Edge
  • 12oz Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1TBSP Organic Pastured Heavy Cream
  • 1 Packet zero carb Stevia

 

Chocolate Almond Latte (hot)

  •  2TBSP Chocolate Instant Edge
  • 12oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1TBSP Organic Pastured Heavy Cream
  • Small square high cacao chocolate (rec’s here)
  • 1 packet zero carb Stevia

 

Classic Latte (hot or cold)

  •  2TBSP Chocolate Instant Edge
  • 4oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 8oz filtered water
  • 1TBSP Organic Pastured Heavy Cream

 

So in conclusion, I love this stuff, and would recommend it to any coffee drinker on a ketogenic diet.

Weird pro-tip: when you first open your can and remove the seal, take an extra 30 seconds to pull off all of the extra little foil bits that stick to the rim. After going through at least a dozen of these things I’ve noticed that I frequently end up pulling bits of foil out of my mouth when sipping on the coffee. The way the lid screws on ends up shaving off tiny bits of the seal remnants and they drop into the jar, which are pretty much visibly unnoticeable once they mix into the grounds, but very noticeable when you’re peeling them off your tongue.

You can check out Lipix products here, they have some other cool stuff as well.
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