I love drinking black coffee in the morning and in the late afternoon when things get a little slow and I find myself yawning over a task I need to finish. But I also enjoy coffee from Starbucks and other local coffee shops. I enjoy the occasional whipped cream and chocolate syrup over my cup of cappuccino. I allow myself to enjoy a sugar rush once in a while.
I believe that drinking coffee is always a matter of personal preference. Coffee lovers are a large and varying bunch. Some like it regular, just coffee plus two sugars and a cream. Others love the fancy types that cover the menu of popular coffee shops. Still, others enjoy coffee at its finest, either black or espresso.
A few years ago, there was a commotion about adding butter in coffee. Have you tried it?
Let’s take a look at the popularity of butter coffee and its associated benefits.
The story behind butter in coffee
Butter in coffee? It sounds oily and greasy. Not to mention that coffee has natural oils, already. However, the concept of adding butter in coffee was popularized by Bulletproof executive and founder, Dave Asprey. It was an instant hit among paleo eaters. At the same time, integrative physician Dr. Jeffrey Gladd, New York chef Seamus Mullen and Gwyneth Paltrow’s chef Ariane Resnick loved the idea of using butter in their coffee.
However, it is not your ordinary butter or coffee. Asprey got the inspiration from the yak-butter tea, a traditional Tibetan drink. He optimized the recipe and created a version that would replace tea with America’s favorite morning drink, coffee. He suggested that the best coffee should be organic, the butter should be unsalted grass-fed like Kerrygold or ghee and MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil, the kind of oil extracted from coconut oil. Blend it all together and create a frothy, latte-like consistency.
When I’ve made it [the drink] with the MCT oil, it was like a kick in the pants in terms of energy. – Stephanie Gaudreau, health coach-founder of Stupid Easy Paleo
It’s like rocket fuel! – Dr. Jeffrey Gladd
Dave Asprey and Bulletproof Coffee
Bulletproof coffee has been synonymous with butter coffee and has been the standard in terms of making butter coffee at home. Asprey talked about butter coffee extensively during an interview with Fox News. He related how he discovered the benefit of butter in coffee and shared the recipe in making butter coffee at home.
Asprey explained that the best kind of butter coffee uses MCT. While caffeine in coffee is a good boost for the body, you can eventually crash when the caffeine effect wanes off after a few hours. With the use of butter in coffee, this initial buzz is extended so you can get the maximum benefit from every cup of coffee.
According to Asprey, normal coffee tends to give you food cravings and your body consumes the caffeine quickly. After a couple of hours, you start to feel the “crash”. But with butter coffee, it gives you more boost over normal coffee. This is due to the presence of MCT oil. The body digests this kind of oil quickly and uses the energy. It also helps in weight loss because it curbs your appetite.
MCT oil and low-toxin coffee are the perfect combinations to turn off your food cravings and provide you with micronutrients. Additionally, it helps turn off the inflammation in the brain.
Asprey also suggests that grass-fed, unsalted butter is better than your regular household butter. So, don’t just throw in a chunk of butter in your coffee. You need to know the right ingredients to make proper butter coffee and benefit from it.
If you are worried that your coffee will taste like ghee, no. Asprey said that it would be the “creamiest latte” you have ever tried. The practice of putting butter in coffee is not new. In fact, for generations, Tibetans have been using yak butter in their tea. Today, butter coffee lovers have grown to over 3 million and most of them are paleo enthusiasts.
7 Healthy Reasons to Add Butter in Your Coffee
Coffee alone is already healthy and beneficial. However, there are some ingredients, like butter, that can increase and maximize coffee’s health benefits.
It’s a better alternative to sugar and cream.
Adding butter to your coffee gives it a creamy, latte-like texture. You can say goodbye to sugar and cream and still get the same creamy coffee without the sugar rush. That’s about 17 mg of sugar freedom compared to a grande latte from Starbucks. Plus, you know that sugar can lead to obesity, dental problems like cavities and tooth decay, as well as diabetes and liver disease.
Rich in Omega 3
Omega 3 fatty acids are an important compound that play an essential role in the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease, arthritis, inflammation, cancer, and hypertension. Unfortunately, our bodies cannot produce this essential fatty acid. We can only get it from foods we eat. Therefore, it is important that our daily diet consists of good sources of Omega 3 fats. Aside from deep-sea fish, grass-fed, unsalted butter provides you with the needed boost of Omega 3 fatty acids and Omega 6. The combination of these two fatty acids takes good care of you. And since you cannot really add deep-sea fish in your coffee, opt for butter coffee if you want your morning drink to be boosted and optimized for your health.
Good source of vitamin K
Known as ‘the forgotten vitamin’ as it is so often overlooked, Vitamin K helps in blood clotting and keeping the bones strong into old age. Vitamin K is found in leafy green vegetables, natto (a type of fermented soy bean), blueberries and grass-fed animal products, such as butter.
Helps in weight management
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) has long been touted as a ‘miracle’ weight loss aid. In a 2004 study, a group of overweight women lost 9 percent body fat in just one year thanks to CLA supplementation – without making any changes to their dietary or lifestyle habits. CLA is present in grass-fed, unsalted butter. Not only does CLA burn belly fat, but it protects against cancer and encourages muscle growth.
Curbs appetite and craving
Naturally, drinking black coffee alone won’t keep you full. However, when you add butter to your coffee, you’ll be increasing its caloric and fat value – stopping hunger pangs kicking in. In fact, fats are an important component of a healthy breakfast as they provide the most concentrated source of energy and prolong emptying of the stomach after eating.
Reduces caffeine sensitivity
A lot of people complain about coffee, saying it’s too acidic for them. They feel a jittery sensation, especially if they take coffee on an empty stomach. Adding butter to your coffee can reduce this sensation since the fatty acid acts as a lining in your stomach and protects you from shake and nausea.
Increases energy levels
While we all know that coffee alone provides a quick energy boost, this can often be short-lived. But adding butter to your drink can provide more sustained energy, as fat is the most energy dense macronutrient.
If you have not tried butter coffee yet, give it a go. Remember, for a proper health benefit, do not use just any kind of butter. It must be grass-fed and unsalted, like most organic butters. Also, choose a quality type of coffee, preferably organic/gourmet so you can achieve the best results if you want to replicate Asprey’s Bulletproof coffee.