Drinking Nespresso on a Keto Diet (Your Questions Answered!)

Nespresso coffee has become increasingly popular throughout the years because of its simplicity and consistency to create a great-tasting cup of Nespresso coffee at home with the press of a button.

The good news is that even people who are on a Ketogenic diet can rely on their Nespresso machines for their daily coffees, as long as they watch out for coffee additives like milk, sugar, and coffee creamer products.

For many years, the Ketogenic lifestyle has received more than its fair share of unwarranted criticism and has been the topic of debate about macronutrients, bad fats, and many more. One of the most common questions of people who want to try this Ketogenic diet is can they still enjoy a nice cup of Nespresso on Keto?

The answer to this question is yes. Not only does Ketosis allow you to still drink Nespresso coffee, but recipes such as the famous ‘Bulletproof Coffee’ allow you modify a humble cup of coffee into a drink that will boost your metabolism and keep your nourished with healthy fats on your keto journey.

But first, what is a Ketogenic diet?

A ketogenic diet is a diet that is low (or no) carbohydrate, moderate in protein, and high in dietary fat. In 1920, the Ketogenic diet was designed to help reduce or prevent seizures in many children with epilepsy. Several studies have shown that the ketogenic diet does help those whose seizures could not be controlled by medications.

A ketogenic diet also has positive effects on body fat, blood sugar, cholesterol, and hunger levels. When the body goes into Ketosis, it burns stored fat and lowers insulin levels since there is less glucose in the body.

Because the nutritional science is relatively new, there is not enough existing research or study about Ketosis. Most of what we know now about the Keto diet are testimonies from actual people who integrated the diet into their lifestyle. But just because the research does not exist at a capacity for Nutritionists to make conclusions, does not mean that the Ketogenic diet is not real.

Whether the claims are true, or followers are simply reaping the benefits of a controlled calorie deficit, there are countless people who have lost weight and changed their lives using the techniques in this diet plan.

How to get into (and stay into) ketosis

To reach a ketogenic state, you should cut down on your carbohydrate intake. Limit your consumption of carbs to below 20 grams of carbs per day and at an absolute maximum of 50 grams per day.

After 2 or 3 days your body’s energy system will transition to burning ketones rather than your glycogen stores. But be careful, even a small amount of carbs can snap you back out of ketosis.

Can you drink Nespresso on Keto?

Absolutely! Nespresso coffee pods are very low in calories with typically 0.6 calories per pod.

A medium-size Nespresso coffee pod contains 0g of carbohydrates, 0g of protein and 0g of fat.

This tells us 2 things:

  • There are not any carbs, therefore there’s no risk of disrupting our state of ketosis.
  • There are practically no calories, which means by itself, Nespresso won’t provide any nutritional benefit.

Nespresso pods just contain 100% pure coffee, so you can drink as many Nespresso pods as you want without slipping out of ketosis.

What to watch out for:

Common coffee additives like milk, sugar, coffee creamer, and even cream all contain carbohydrates in some amount, so you’ll need to pay close attention if adding anything into your brew.

50ml of regular milk2.5 grams of carbs
50ml of light cream1.8 grams of carbs
1 teaspoon of sugar4.2 grams of carbs
1 teaspoon of creamer1-3 grams of carbs based on brand
Example carb content of typical coffee additives

So what can I add?

The best way to stick to your Ketogenic diet is to take control of the Nespresso that you are drinking.

The most famous keto coffee is of course bulletproof coffee. This is a coffee made with butter, or other fats and oils like coconut or pure MCT oil.

The idea being you’re not only getting a caffeine hit, but also a hit of good fats and calories to kickstart your metabolism and fire up your keto engine.


How to make bulletproof coffee with Nespresso

In making a completely Keto-proof Nespresso, there are some ingredients that you will need to add to your caffeine fix.

The goal here is to make a high-calorie Nespresso coffee that contains entirely fats and oils. The more good fats (like MCT Oil) the better!

  • Make a coffee using one or two Nespresso pods. We recommend one of the higher caffeine capsules like the Kazaar.
  • Mix coffee, butter, MCT oil into a blender. Optional, add salt & cinnamon to taste.
  • Blend until smooth and serve hot.

Read our full guide on bulletproof coffee with Nespresso here


Other ingredients and allergens in Nespresso pods

Nespresso coffee pods do not contain any common food allergens such as dairy, gluten, nuts, soy, eggs, etc. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, or any carbs, basically. Going on a Keto diet means lowering the gluten intake of your body. Coffee is generally gluten-free.


Conclusion

To summarize, all Nsespresso capsules are 100% keto friendly as they contain absolutely no carbohydrates.

There are ways to customize your Nespresso coffees in a way to aid your diet such as by preparing bulletproof coffee, but steer clear of traditional additives like milk and sugar as these could throw you out of ketosis.

Remember, what works for our body really depends on your food intake, lifestyle, activity levels, diet history, genetics and so much more. It is important to recognize that there is no right or wrong nutritional diet ratio but there may be one that works better for your body-and that is something that only you can find out.

Resources:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28177691/

https://draxe.com/nutrition/guide-to-keto-diet-for-beginners/

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28544-how-high-fat-ketogenic-diet-acts-on-the-brain-to-help-epilepsy/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/3-reasons-why-bulletproof-coffee-is-a-bad-idea

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