This isn’t a new trend – the story linked to above came out in 2014 – but it’s still au currant, so we thought we’d discuss it here on our blog.
The reasoning behind putting butter in coffee basically is this:
First of all, you can’t put any ol’ stick of margarine of pat of butter in your coffee. Instead, the butter must be from only grass-fed cows and it must be unsalted because regular butter – according to butter-coffee adherents – has too many inflammatory ingredients.
So why/how is the specific type of butter in coffee supposedly good for you? What does it do?
Ensuring your butter doesn’t have inflammatory properties is critical because (drum roll): the butter in the coffee protects you from the “crash” you’ll experience about two hours later when the coffee’s caffeine wears away.
That, and the butter, also adds some good nutrients to the cup.
Some other advantages of butter in coffee:
- The grass-fed butter adds some heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.
- Butter-in-coffee adherents believe the butter provides that creamy latte affect…without the sugar.
- Grass-fed butter has a nice dosage of Vitamin K (the “forgotten vitamin”), which helps keep bones strong and also helps prevent blood clots.
- The grass-fed butter contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which can burn belly fat, encourages muscle growth and has cancer-protecting properties.
- The butter also helps you feel full longer.
- It also can help reduce the jitters in those who are more sensitive to caffeine’s effects.
- Caffeine does give one a boost of energy, but it can be relatively short-lived. The fat in the butter can give a more sustained energy boost.
Still, there are caveats.
You may be thinking, “Wow! All that good stuff with just some grass-fed butter!? Why is this just a ‘trend’? Why isn’t everyone doing this all the time?”
Excellent questions and here’s the answer: just two tablespoons of butter packs 200 calories. Place two tablespoons in all of your cups and drink, say, four cups in a day and you’ve just ingested 800 calories, just by drinking your buttered coffee. And let’s not forget the 22 grams of fat – 14 of which are unsaturated, which is more than the American Heart Association recommends per day – in those two tablespoons in each cup.