While the name sounds like a beverage that would give you more than a little jolt to get you out of bed in the morning, buttered coffee isn’t another name for the caffeine addict’s go to drink, the red eye. (For those without a severe coffee habit, that’s coffee with an extra shot of espresso in it.) Gooooood morning!
Buttered coffee is another beast all together. While buttered drinks date back to the 10th century, it’s become more and more popular as of late due to its popularity in the Paleo world. And its secret ingredient may surprise you.
Imagine eating a stick of butter for breakfast. Now imagine drinking it. You’re getting warmer…
Buttered coffee is coffee with added fat, usually from butter but sometimes from coconut oil or MCT oil or a combination of those.
Now you might be asking yourself why the heck anyone would want to drink a cup of butter for breakfast, especially a health nut. Well, it’s rumored to help promote weight loss and boost energy levels. Who wouldn’t want that? Some report it also helps with mental clarity as well.
How does it work? (Or does it?) One theory, noted by Dr. Jeffrey Gladd is that the large dose of fat first thing in the morning revs up your metabolism, therefore increasing your fat-burning and weight-loss potential.
Registered Dietitian Madelyn Fernstrom states it’s the extra dose of calories that helps keep you fuller longer, thus decreasing your post-breakfast snacking. She notes however that if you’re simply just adding the buttered coffee to your diet and not accommodating for the extra calories elsewhere in your diet, then it’s likely to lead to weight gain instead. She also doesn’t completely buy in to the energy boosting, mental clarity claims, attributing that to the placebo effect. But hey, placebo or not, if it gives you results, go for it. Dr. Weil weighs in saying the extra dose of fat isn’t likely to hurt you, especially since most people are unnecessarily scared of saturated fat anyways. (A common recipe is 2 Tbsp of butter plus a little coconut oil- not truly a whole stick of butter.)
While the whole fat-in-coffee concept sounds bizarre, it’s not really that much different than pouring in your tried-and-true half and half.
So, do you take coffee with your butter?