Why People Are Blending Their Coffee with Butter?
Should you be drinking Butter Coffee?
Before you ask: no, it’s not an elaborate joke. People are actually drinking butter in their coffee. If you’re confused, we don’t blame you! The health community has been telling you for years that butter is bad, and now it’s suddenly the liquid gold slim and trim people swear by. Bulletproof coffee, also known as butter coffee, is having a serious (if controversial) moment in the sun, so we hit up two health experts for their take on the newest nutrition fad.
Butter in coffee is nothing new, Carolyn Brown, MS, RD at Foodtrainers in New York City explains, in fact, it has a rich history rooted in African and Tibetan cultures. The founder of the modern-day Bulletproof movement was inspired to create his own daily drink by the yak butter tea he was offered while on an adventure in Nepal. Yak butter tea is a tradition in Tibet where, in addition to boosting density and flavor in tea, butter also adds the calories necessary to keep warm in harsh climates. But you’re probably not hiking a prodigious mountain or living in an extreme climate, so what’s the sell for you?
Turns out, if you believe the anecdotal evidence, it’s a big one. The blended morning drink is said to keep hunger at bay, stave off cravings, stabilize blood sugar and even help your body burn that stubborn belly fat. That’s a lot of promise but—as one of the nutritionists we talked to about this movement warned — it’s also a lot of butter.