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Should You Be Drinking Butter Coffee?

Should You Be Drinking Butter Coffee?

How do you like your coffee—black? With a sprinkle of sugar? A dash of milk, perhaps?

But what about dropping a pat of grass-fed organic butter (yes, butter) into your morning cup of joe? It might sound gross, but so-called “butter coffee” is being touted as the latest elixir for better health. Butter coffee aficionados swear that this miracle brew does everything from boost energy to improve cognitive function to help shed pounds.

Intrigued—and slightly revolted—we decided to investigate: Is butter coffee really worth the hype, or is just another strange wrinkle in health-world time?

According to Dave Asprey, butter coffee pioneer and founder of Bulletproof Executive, butter coffee has helped him lose weight and enhance work performance. But there’s a catch: You have to use the right kind of butter and coffee. To brew a cup with maximum health benefits, Asprey advises adding a combination of organic, unsalted grass-fed butter and MCT oil—a blend of coconut and palm oil—to mycotoxin-free coffee. As Asprey explains on his site, “MCT oil promotes high energy, fat loss and brain function. It will make you feel better and get thinner.”

The butter coffee movement stems from a similar logic as the high-fat, high-protein Paleo diet. According to some health experts, grains have displaced fat as our major calorie source, with negative repercussions for our brains. Grain consumption is thought to be linked to our current epidemic of neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Over 251 studies sited in David Perlmutter’s revolutionary book Grain Brain suggest everyone could use more saturated fat, like coconut oil and butter. So the idea is that by drinking a high-fat buttery brew first thing in the morning, you’ll stave off hunger later on and eat less throughout the day. Plus, devotees swear that the taste is creamier and more satisfying than your standard latte.

Before you start dishing spoonfuls of butter into your daily cup of joe, keep in mind that butter and MCTs often contain high amounts of trans and saturated fats, which may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. As research associate Christopher Ochner, Ph.D. explains to Women’s Health, “One tablespoon of grass-fed butter and one tablespoon of MCT oil adds up to more than 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance of saturated fat.”

Not to mention—news flash!—butter isn’t exactly a low-calorie food. If you plan on drinking bulletproof coffee on a regular basis, you’ll need to account for the extra 200 to 300 calories in your diet by subtracting foods throughout the day.

Bottom line? If you are trying to lose weight, butter coffee may not be the perfect anecdote. But if you are looking for an extra boost at work, then bulletproof coffee may be worth a go.

article by Kate Wilke

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10:32AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Butter is better then hydrogenated fats. But you need to know that Butter Coffee is a low carb drink, and that is why you lose weight. You burn the butter fat for energy. If you are on a high carb diet, a lot of saturated fats are not that good for you.

10:32AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Butter is better then hydrogenated fats. But you need to know that Butter Coffee is a low carb drink, and that is why you lose weight. You burn the butter fat for energy. If you are on a high carb diet, a lot of saturated fats are not that good for you.

3:00PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Thank you. This doesn't hold any appeal. Especially not the palm oil.

8:56PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014


5:01AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Drink coffee with ants!

3:25AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

I think I'll pass, thanks. We put cocoa and sugar in the raw in ours.

8:31PM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

I've been known to add butter and coconut well as cinnamon and turmeric :O) and the occasional egg yolk. Putting it in the blender is what makes everything into a delicious frothy latte texture. The butter sets off my allergies so I've since had to use ghee or yolk....It's recommended as a once a day with a limit of 8-16 oz. before 2 p.m. in lieu of breakfast to create an intermittent fasting state to promote weight loss and energy gain (no carbs so body uses ketones for energy) I'm more curious if a vegan option can be made.

10:51AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

I think I'll give this a miss & stick with Hibiscus & Green tea! No milk or sugar needed! & definitely no butter :-@ yuck.

7:50AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Butter? For better health?
You must be out of your mind.
Why not try some mustard in the coffee? Or ketchup? Or Tabasco?
I've had enough from stupid bloggers spreading their ignorance around.

7:38PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Palm oil? It's not a good idea. Our rainforests are being destroyed for palm oil.

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