Should you add butter to your coffee?
Updated: May 27, 2020
I LOVE my coffee. I have it every morning and it makes me so happy. I used to believe that coffee triggered my anxiety because sipping on a cup had always led to anxiety and panic attacks. Once I discovered that it wasn't the coffee, but mold-toxins in the coffee that triggered those feelings, I immediately made the switch to a mold-free coffee and haven't experienced coffee induced anxiety since!
While researching coffee, I discovered some pretty amazing benefits of it. First of all, did you realize that coffee is one of THE MOST studied foods ever?! There are literally hundreds of studies done on coffee beans and the various health effects it has on the body. That's pretty cool if you ask me.
In fact, one 2015 study published in the AHA journal Circulation found that those who drink 1-5 coffees per day (men and women) have a significantly decreased risk of heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and suicide. It also found that those who have 1-5 cups of coffee per day (caffeinated or decaf) live longer.
Convinced that coffee is a health food? Well you can make your coffee even healthier by adding grass-fed butter.
Yes, butter! But only if it's grass-fed. Conventional butter is made by using cows that are fed grains. Grains aren't the natural energy source for cows ~ cows thrive on grass. So what happens when you give a cow grains? It's called Grain Overload or acidosis. The grains aren't able to be digested by the cows so it ferments in their rumen. This leads to slowed digestion, bloating, increased lactic acid production, and increased inflammation. Cows that are fed primarily grass have higher levels of beneficial fats, vitamins, and antioxidants. One study found that grass-fed cows also have 500% more CLA than grain fed cows! Whenever you buy butter in general, it should always be grass-fed.
Benefits + How to do it
Grass-fed butter contains high levels of butyric acid (which is only available in a few foods). Butyric acid is an amazing anti-inflammatory. It's even been found to aid in reduction of symptoms and remission of Crohn's Disease. Butter also contains MCTs that aid in reducing appetite and increasing energy levels. MCTs are a type of fat that your body can use immediately as energy instead of being stored as fat! Like I mentioned earlier, grass-fed butter also contains high levels of CLA which has been found to be useful in increasing fat burning mechanisms.
If you're following an Intermittent Fasting Program, you can utilize blending butter into your coffee to help smooth the transition during your fasting period. Butter contains zero carbs and essentially no protein. This is good when it comes to your fasting period! Protein and carbs both stimulate sugar burning and take you out of the fat burning state. Plus, from case studies that I've seen with my clients and myself, having butter (and coconut oil) in your coffee during your fasting period helps to further push your body into fat burning mode.
Try blending 12 oz. of brewed Purity Coffee with 1 Tbsp. grass-fed butter and 1 tsp. coconut oil. Make sure to blend it in the blender so that your coffee is light and fluffy like a latte... a latte that will boost your fat burning metabolism, increase mental acuity, and decrease inflammation!