Should you put butter in your coffee?
Let's be honest. When most of us think of butter, we think of indulgent foods, naughty treats and grandma's cooking. Chef's and home-cooks see it as a staple, as do many paleo followers. Nothing compares to the taste of butter, and I am fine with the occasional use of it. But is it some sort of superfood you should be adding to your coffee?
What is this new practice?
Paleo/primal inspired and brought to the masses by the guy behind Bulletproof Coffee, Dave. A coffee blend which claims to have less mycotoxin residue on the beans, making it a superior blend for your health. He developed the coffee, then long story short, discovered the Tibetans living at high altitudes in the mountains putting homemade yak butter into their tea as a way to survive the challenging climate and lifestyle.
Dave recommends adding 2 tablespoons of butter to your coffee and blending it up till creamy. The theory - that it will keep you full, enhance your mental clarity and have you powering through your morning.
This is where it gets ugly for me.
Yes, butter occasionally in cooking as part of a variety of different fats and oils in the diet - ok.
Recommending it as a breakfast replacement - no way Jose!
A busy schedule makes it hard enough to get the levels of nutrients we need during the day. Cutting out breakfast just makes it even harder. You're skipping out on proteins, carbohydrates, and essential vitamins and minerals that build, repair, and replenish your body for optimal performance, as well as fibre to help eliminate toxins and waste products you don't need. Breakfast helps you lose weight, helps boost your metabolism, keeps you focused, and helps prevent you from snacking like mad in the afternoon when you realise how damn hungry you are.
Butter is not a breakfast replacement. Neither is coffee, but that's another story.
Think having it instead of breakfast will help with weight loss? Think again. 2 tbsp of butter is 283 calories. Yes it is a good source of vitamin A and E, and contains traces of iodine and vitamin D. It's also a higher source of omega-3s compared to regular butter if you use the grass-fed variety*. But you can get these nutrients easily from a host of other fruit and vegetables, which provide much more than just a fat source.
*(Which is what I'd recommend you opt for too.)
Now, if you're having this with your breakfast, that's a whole lot of excess energy you're consuming. Unless you're a Tibetan up in the hills dealing with altitude issues, crazy climate, and poor access to fruits and vegetables, then it's just not necessary.
I'm not a calorie counter. When you eat whole foods you don't need to. But it's obvious to see that adding in an extra 2 tbsp of butter a day to your coffee is not going to do you any favours with weight management - regardless of how many breakfasts you skip, or burpees you do. FYI - it's the equivalent of about 35 minutes straight of burpees or similar vigorous exercise for a woman.
Skip the butter and enjoy coffee how we usually do at this altitude - black or with a dash of your favourite milk.