Brace Yourselves: Fat Water is Officially a Health Trend

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It seems the overwhelming fat phobia that’s dominated our health dialogue over the last two decades could be coming to an end. Some definitive proof: “Fat Water” is fast becoming the drink of choice among the wellness set.

The drink is the latest innovation from Dave Asprey, the pro-fat advocate who brought us the buzziest health craze of 2014: Bulletproof coffee (or, as you might remember it, coffee with butter.)  Now, Asprey’s taking fattened-up liquid one step further with Fat Water, a literal mixture of fat and H20.

Technically, it contains purified water, XCT oil (nano particles sourced from the MCT fat found in coconut), B vitamins, sugar-free natural flavors from fruit extracts, and stevia, with the idea that MCT is the best source of quality energy. Plus, the complete absence of sugar—very much present in other health drinks like coconut water—will stop your blood sugar from skyrocketing then crashing.

Marketing itself as a healthier alternative to “sugary coconut concoctions and sports drinks,” Fat Water also claims its particular blend will help your body absorb more water and stay hydrated.

So, the real question: Will drinking Fat Water make you, well, fat? Not exactly. Unlike, say, eating a plate of bacon, the company claims that the drink’s oils follow a different metabolic pathway that burns fat instead of storing it, giving your body a “pure energy hit.”

Award-winning celebrity dietician, Kate Geagen, agrees with the theory, and explained that eating fats in general is critical for losing weight. “Fats help slow rise in blood sugar after meals and snacks compared to eating refined carbs. Including heart healthy fats during meals and snacks is actually an important weight loss strategy.”

However, like any buzzy fad that has you putting things in your body, it’s key to approach it with a healthy dose of skepticism. While we know that fat—particularly the MCTs found in Fat Water—is important for weight loss and health, that doesn’t mean this particular drink lives up to all the hype.

While the new concotion contains those healthy MCTs, Geagan says it just doesn’t have enough of the oil to really make a difference to your health.

I think it’s a fad. It’s not necessary at all for health, hydration, energy or even weight control,” Geagan told us. “There’s also no evidence that the amount of MCTs in this product [two grams] will help with weight control or enhanced fat burning. Research that’s looked at this has used a minimum of eight grams.” 

Geagan also pointed out that the product isn’t all natural, which gives it another strike in her book. “It’s a highly refined product rather than something you’d find in nature. I’m a much bigger fan of enjoying a glass of filtered tap water and pairing that with a handful of almonds [or] half an avocado for fats,” she said.

Regardless, there seems to be enough health bloggers and Instagrammers on board with Fat Water, so don’t be surprised if you start to see it crop up in your local supermarket. Curious right now? Head over to FatWater.com to learn more and order some for yourself.

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