Butter in Coffee: Benefits and Health Risk

Butter in Coffee: Benefits and Health Risk
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Recently you may have noticed the trend about bulletproof coffee.

So, what is this all about bulletproof coffee?

First, it is a coffee that improves mental clarity, helps in weight loss while at the same time, boosting your energy levels. It is blended with the grass-fed butter and MCT oil, and it is popular among those on the keto diet because of the healthy fats it contains.

Read our article if you are confused as to what exactly is grass-fed coffee.

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Adding butter to your coffee

There is much information out there about adding butter to your cup of coffee. Some of this information is confusing. You will find some posts recommending adding butter, others disapproving the use of butter and there those that shed no light. Now the big question is, is adding butter to your coffee healthy or another trend driven by false claims?

This post takes you through the benefits and risks of adding butter in your cup of coffee. So, keep reading to learn more. Ready to learn more? Let’s get started?

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Why do people drink butter with coffee?

Butter coffee is said to delay the energy spike associated with regular coffee drinking and make drinkers feel full for as long as six hours. fans of butter in coffee say it’s a brain food that boosts mental acuity and concentration. It is expected to suppress appetite, aid weight loss, and may even boost skin tone and complexion.

Butter coffee benefits

Here’s the breakdown of what happens when you drink coffee and butter:

  • Mental clarity

Butter coffee is said to boost mental clarity and improve cognitive function. If you are on keto, your livers convert MCTs into ketones which are a vital source of energy for brain cells eventually resulting in mental focus and alertness.

  • Energy

Butter has the potential to supply steady, long-lasting energy without a blood sugar crash. The fat in butter is what results to slow intake of caffeine; hence, you get long-lasting energy. It is good to note fat slows digestion, thus slowing the rate at which caffeine is absorbed.

  • Loss of weight

The ability of butter to control appetite is what make it contribute to weight loss. So, if on a diet, you adding butter in your coffee will not disappoint.

Really? you can lose weight?!

It has something to do with your liver’s role in digestion. The butter and MCT oil kick your liver into gear, where it slowly breaks down the triglycerides of the medium-chain.

Since processing the coffee in your system takes longer, the caffeine gives you a longer, smoother lift. Butter coffee drinkers say their feeling of completeness is uncanny–until lunchtime, no hunger creeps on you. Butter coffee drinkers say they want to eat smaller meals later in the day because of this.

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Apparently, the habit of eating two tablespoons of fat for breakfast forces people to be more aware of the fats and oils they eat during the rest of the day. In addition, coconut oil supports the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) production of your body–the so-called good cholesterol.

  • Improve skin tone and complexion

Continuous use of butter in coffee will improve your skin tone and appearance. This is because it contains fatty acids and vitamins A, which brings a natural glow on your face.

Butter coffee downsides

Though there are many notable benefits of taking butter coffee, there are also some downsides. Below are some of the reasons why you should avoid butter coffee.

  • Miss other vital nutrients: Enjoying a cup of butter coffee supplies your body with a lot of calories. Getting a lot of calories from one source automatically results to you missing other healthy nutrients like vitamins, fiber, and minerals from other sources.
  • Stomach discomfort: The high amount of fat in butter can lead to stomach discomfort such as bloating and diarrhea, mainly if not used to consuming high amounts of fats.
  • Life threatening diseases: Consuming large amounts of saturated fat can raise the level of cholesterol in the blood. High cholesterol increases the risks of stroke and heart diseases.
  • Displaces key nutrients: Butter coffee also displaces other essential nutrients like protein and vitamins when taken as an alternative breakfast. Remember your need all nutrients to live a healthy life.

So how does butter in coffee taste like?

It’s like drinking a thick, frothy latte if you mix it instead of stirring (which you should). But even butter coffee fanatics note that once you’ve sipped all the froth off the top, you won’t look down into the mug. Butter coffee is not meant for your eyes to taste first. Don’t be turned off by all those small droplets of fat that float in your mug if you look at it.

What is the difference between Butter coffee vs. Bulletproof coffee

Butter coffee is a drink consisting of brewed coffee, unsalted butter and medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fat that is easily digested.

It’s similar to the Bulletproof coffee that an entrepreneur named Dave Asprey has made. Asprey’s Bulletproof coffee uses a particular type of coffee bean, a high MCT liquid, and grass-fed, unsalted butter.

Butter coffee is a do-it-yourself (DIY) version of Bulletproof coffee that requires no special beans of coffee or MCT oil. Any coffee with unsalted butter and coconut oil is actually going to work, which is a good source of MCTs.

Butter coffee is often consumed by those who follow a keto diet, high in fat and low in carbs, instead of breakfast.

Butter coffee recipe

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Image Source from BulletProof

There are many butter coffee recipes on the web you may want to consider. You can as well DIY your own recipe. Below is a simple DIY you can try at home.

Creamy Butter Coffee Recipe

Ingredients:

Directions

  • Brew some black filtered coffee. Avoid French Press coffee as you will get sediment
  • Add coffee, butter and coconut oil to a blender
  • Let the mix sit with the lid OFF for 2 mins to reduce heat
  • Blend, pour, enjoy. Garnish with cinnamon if desired

Butter coffee nutrition

A regular 8-ounce (237-ml) cup of coffee with 2 tablespoons of both coconut oil and unsalted butter contains:

  • Calories: 445
  • Carbs: 0 grams
  • Total fat: 50 grams (85% of the fat in butter coffee is saturated fat)
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 9% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Vitamin A: 20% of the RDI
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While some studies have linked saturated fat to an increase in heart disease risk factors, such as high LDL cholesterol, research suggests that saturated fat does not lead directly to heart disease  (1, 23).

Nonetheless, for just one cup, the amount of saturated fat in butter coffee is excessively high.

Research shows that you can reduce the risk of heart disease by replacing some of the saturated fats in your diet with polyunsaturated fats. Nuts, seeds, and fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, or tuna (Source) are high in polyunsaturated fats.

Butter coffee contains other important nutrients, including vitamin A, apart from its high fat content. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin needed for the health, immune function and good vision of the skin (Source).

While butter coffee also contains minute quantities of calcium, vitamins K and E, and several of the B vitamins, these nutrients are not a good source.

Common mistakes to avoid when brewing coffee

  • Shaking rather than blending

The right way of preparing butter coffee is blending for 30 seconds as this help emulsify the fats with the water-based coffee. If you shake instead of blending, be prepared to see fat separating at the top of your cup.

  • Using Low-Quality Butter

This is straight forward. You don’t add low quality butter and expect great results, no. So make sure to buy quality butter.

  • Adding Too Much Coconut Oil

We have already seen adding too much fat can result in stomach discomfort. The best approach is staring with a small amount and then adding as you get used butter in your cup of coffee.

Conclusion

Adding butter in your cup of coffee has many benefits. From boosting your energy to improving mental clarity, you can’t miss grabbing a cup of butter every morning. But also keep in mind excessive use of butter coffee can hurt your health.