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What is Butter Coffee?

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Butter coffee is the new latte, but better for you

Everyone at this point has seen the trend of blending grass-fed butter into coffee. The basic recipe is just that—adding grass-fed butter into strong, black coffee.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter and 1-2 tablespoons of MCT or coconut oil to strong, black coffee to take your coffee to the next level. When blended, the drink will have the same consistency as a creamy latte.

The recipe was originally adapted from Tibetan Yak Butter Tea, a drink enjoyed by nomadic people in Tibet who drank the tea for its warmth and energy. 

The combination of coffee and butter is questionable, but there’s a growing number of people who swear by it. Here's why it's is worth a try. 

Two round tablespoons of butter ready to be added to coffee.[Photo Credit: Drahomír Posteby-Mach via Unsplash]

4 Reasons You Should Try Butter Coffee

1. Adding butter to your coffee sends your energy levels through the roof.

Those who drink butter coffee say that the drink increases energy, focus, and brain power by providing steady, long-lasting energy without a blood sugar crash. The high fat content from butter coffee may slow the absorption and prolong the effects of caffeine.

2. Celebrities are into it.

Celebrities like Shailene Woodley, Ronda Rousey and Halle Berry enjoy butter coffee and claim that it will change your life.

3. Butter coffee can improve cognitive function.

Butter coffee can boost mental clarity and improve cognitive function by providing a source of energy to your brain cells. However, there is evidence that points to caffeine being responsible for the boost. 

4. Butter coffee can suppress your appetite.

Due to the high amount of fat and calories, butter coffee can suppress your hunger and keep you full longer. Ultimately, it can help you lose weight if you eat less throughout the day.

  • Calories: 445
  • Carbs: 0 grams
  • Total Fat: 50 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams

Science isn’t totally behind the health benefits of butter coffee yet. Yes, caffeine will improve focus and butter will make you feel full, but buttered coffee does not fall under the category of a “well-balanced breakfast." 

If you try butter coffee, it's important to keep balance in mind. A meal with a serving of protein, whole fruit and grain still has more nutrients. If you already have a diet loaded with sugar and carbs, your body is more likely to store the fat in buttered coffee than use it for energy. While butter coffee may benefit those on the ketogenic diet, there are plenty of ways to kickstart your diet—butter or no butter, coffee always comes first.

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