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Butter Coffee – What are the Benefits?


Some dismiss it as a crazy fad. Others swear by its health benefits. Either way, a lot of people are putting butter in their coffee these days. And while the practice of taking your caffeine hot, black, and buttered may seem a bit quirky, the June 23, 2014 issue of Time Magazine—boasting a buttery photo and the bold words “EAT BUTTER” on the cover—suggests otherwise.

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The basic premise of Time’s cover story is that scientists have given saturated fats a bad rap, based on poor research done decades ago. According to a growing body of newer research, carbs, sugar and processed foods are the real enemy, causing an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and other diseases attributed to being overweight. Among the studies discussed in the Time article, a recent Cambridge University study calls into question the link between so-called “bad fats”, such as butter and pork, and heart disease.

Proponents of butter coffee—many of whom follow the popular Paleo diet—were no doubt elated by Time’s “Eat Butter” article. After all, it’s their contention that saturated fat is not only good for the body, but also that most of us are deficient in it. Butter coffee is a quick and easy way to get extra saturated fat. But not just any butter will do; according to butter coffee enthusiasts, in order to reap the health benefits, you need to stir in a tablespoonful or two of unsalted butter—made from the milk of grass-fed cows.

Unlike the butter produced from the milk of corn or soy fed cows, “grass-fed” butter is found to contain key nutrients that are thought to be essential for a healthy balanced diet, including…

Good saturated fats that help to regulate cholesterol.

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the right ratio to help reduce body fat.

Vitamin K which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Healthy fats used by the brain and body to create healthy cell membranes and hormones.

Butyrate a short-chain fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective properties and has also been linked to preventing degenerative diseases of the nervous system.

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While a number of nutritionists caution that a morning cup of butter coffee can add an extra 200 calories to your day and is not a nutritious substitute for breakfast, avid butter coffee drinkers would argue that statement. This is especially true for those who follow entrepreneur Dave Asprey’s popular recipe for “Bulletproof Coffee”. Utilizing quality coffee beans, Asprey’s branded formula adds medium chain triglycerides (MCT oil) to provide an extra boost.

Taken in the morning on an empty stomach, Bulletproof Coffee is said to put your body into “ketosis,” a metabolic state in which the body derives energy from fat rather than carbohydrates and burns ketones for fuel instead of glucose. Apparently, the brain craves ketones and would rather burn them than glucose. This helps to keep you more alert because your brain is running on what Asprey refers to as “high octane” fuel. Many who have tried Bulletproof Coffee report that they feel amazing and alert for up to six hours while also losing weight. In addition, Bulletproof Coffee drinkers claim that they don’t experience the notorious mid-morning caffeine crash associated with regular coffee.

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Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee formula calls for two tablespoons of butter. With the added MCTs, he claims that—when taken as a breakfast substitute—Bulletproof Coffee provides the body with essential fats and calories and is more effective at producing sustained energy than other carbohydrate breakfast foods (such as oatmeal). According to devotees of the concoction, when mixed well in a blender, Bulletproof Coffee becomes a delicious, creamy, and energizing drink that they can actually feel energizing their bodies.

To learn more about Bulletproof Coffee, just follow this link:

Is butter coffee a passing fad, or will it become a menu favorite at high-end coffee shops for years to come? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain. In light of the “Eat Butter” Time Magazine cover story and the subsequent “decriminalization” of saturated fats by scientists—provided those fats come from grass-fed sources—the hot topic of butter coffee shows no signs of cooling off anytime soon.

(3) Comments on “Butter Coffee – What are the Benefits?

  • Sarah

    I love preparing coffee this way. My blendtec came with instructions not to blend “hot liquids.” Is it okay to prepare “bulletproof” coffee in a blendtec blender?

    • Hi Sarah,
      The maximum temperature we recommend exposing the jar to is 176°F (80°C). Things get hotter as they blend, so avoid adding ingredients over 115°F (46°C). Please keep in mind that boiling water is too hot for the jar and should never be poured into the jar. You can prepare bulletproof coffee, as long as the contents are not hotter than 115°F when you put them in the jar, and as long as they do not get hotter than 176°F after you have finished blending.

      • Sarah

        That makes sense! Thank you. I figure, if my coffee water is around 200 degrees when I start brewing, then four minutes later, after some heat transfer to a mug, and once I have melted cold butter into it, it is cooler than 176. Add in some dallying, and staying within those limits doesn’t sound too hard. But I will be sure never to add fresh brewed coffee straight to the blender!

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