Everyone from celebrities to nutritionists have been touting the benefits of adding butter to your morning cup of coffee. Yes, you read that right: people are actually adding butter to their java to make it (allegedly) healthier!
Let’s back up and give you some background on this trend. Entrepreneur Dave Asprey was inspired to create butter or “bulletproof coffee” after sampling yak butter tea in Tibet. He makes his with unsalted, grass-fed butter and MCT (medium chain triglycerides) that are found in coconut and palm kernel oil. He alleges MCT oil “improves brain energy”, making this high-octane beverage a jazzier version of your regular java.
There are plenty of articles and books about butter coffee with tips, recipes, and information,
What are the pros?
Drinking bulletproof coffee allegedly decreases hunger, helps you lose weight, cuts down on the shakiness that can come with drinking java and gives you a longer burst of energy (according to Jezebel).
The writer mentioned how drinking a cup made her feel fuller throughout the day, minus the crash that can come with downing coffee. She even compared the taste to a “buttery latte.” That could be a plus for you if you can’t stand the taste of black coffee, but still want the caffeine.
How about the cons?
The obvious one is that adding butter to coffee ups the fat content. A lot. If you start drinking this on the reg, you’ll probably have to cut out an item from your diet as each cup is 200 to 300 calories. The butter and coconut oil extract also adds saturated and trans fat, which aren’t the greatest for your body.
If you decide to skip breakfast altogether for a cup of bulletproof coffee, you’re probably missing out on nutrients that come from fruit or other foods, suggests Authority Nutrition.
Should I try it?
That depends on your current diet. If you tend to eat low carb, a cup of bulletproof coffee might be good for you. But if you prefer to reach for cookies and bread over fruit regularly, then you might want to skip it. Still it might be worth a sip if you’re just looking to try a different drink!
It’s easy to make your own bulletproof butter coffee. Pro tip: be sure to use unsalted butter or ghee (Kerrygold apparently works wonders). And tell us, what do you think of this trend? Is this something you’d like to try? Or something you’d rather just pretend not exists? Sound off in the comments!
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