Why Would I put Butter in my Coffee?
Butter (or even coconut oil, MCT oil, or ghee for the non-dairy drinkers) in your morning coffee has tons of health benefits, including weight-loss!
Butter can make you lose weight? I thought butter made you fat? What about all that cholesterol and stuff?
Butter is Good for you… Really!
Grass-fed butter is a superfood that is actually loaded with essential vitamins and fatty acids. I use butter on everything, because I am on a mission to heal my body. Some of the amazing benefits of butter are:
Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid — Omega-3’s have been shown to support weight loss, healthy pregnancy, athletic recovery and thickening hair and nails.
Butyric Acid — Science has shown butyric acid decreases inflammation, which is the root-cause of most diseases.
Vitamin A — Grass-fed butter has even more vitamin A than regular butter, thanks to the cow’s healthier, grass-based diet. Vitamin A is needed to maintain good vision, proper endocrine system function, and reproduction/breastfeeding.
Energy-Boosting and Appetite-Suppressing MCT’s — You can get your dose of short- and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) from butter, which are great for supporting your immune system and boosting metabolism.
High in Anti-Cancer CLA’s — Conjugated linoleic acid helps the body to hold onto muscle instead of fat (a great component for weight-loss), and it also can potentially fight against different types of cancer.
Cholesterol — Cholesterol is needed for healthy cellular function, brain function, and the production of hormones. Your brain is made up of 25% cholesterol. Low cholesterol may play a role in serious health problems like cancer, depression and anxiety. It’s also considered a risk factor for violent behavior, suicide and primary intracerebral hemorrhage, as well as low birth weight or premature birth in pregnant women. Cholesterol-lowering medications are actually dangerous to the brain and body. The problem isn’t high cholesterol — it’s unhealthy arteries, starving for anti-oxidants and proper nutrition to repair them.
Arachidonic Acid — ARA plays a big role in immune function, as well as infant development, growth, and health.
So How Can I Lose Weight?
The idea of butter in coffee is to give your body fuel with a slower, more sustained energy release throughout the day from the nutrient-rich, blood stabilizing, healthy fat. No jitters, no 2 p.m. crash. You’re also more likely to eat smaller amounts because it keeps you fuller, longer. Drinking butter in your coffee first thing in the morning will kick-start your metabolism and accelerate calorie-burning, thus aiding in your weight-loss goals!
Butter coffee is ideal for individuals who experience mid-morning hunger and mid-afternoon fatigue, because it will conquer both. On top of that, it also tastes good (kind of like a creamy, smooth latte) and is really filling. Win!
Things NOT to do to your Butter Coffee
- Don’t add any extra sugary flavorings, fake sweeteners, or sugar itself for that matter. It’s not necessary! Enjoy it’s creamy goodness. Some optional flavor add-ins include a splash of cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, or a natural sweetener like stevia, if needed.
- Avoid using standard butter, as opposed to organic, grass-fed. Butter that comes from cows that have been grain-fed is much lower in nutrients, and therefore will lessen your results.
- Gross, office coffee – stay away. There isn’t much research that shows that organic coffee has significantly better health benefits than regular coffee, but typically organic coffee will have better quality and taste, and no risk of GMOs and harmful chemicals/pesticides.
Don’t Knock it ’til you Try it
I challenge you to try butter coffee for 1 month, and see how you feel! I also encourage you to comment and share your results.