Why You Should Blend Butter and Oil In Your Coffee




Blending butter and oil in coffee for health reasons sounds crazy right? We thought so too, until we actually looked at the science behind it and learned all of the amazing benefits. It’s important to note that you won’t get the same health benefits from just any old butter or oil. The oil should be rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which is a type of healthy saturated fat that is broken down quickly and is able to be used immediately for energy. Oils rich in medium chain triglycerides include coconut oil and MCT oil. The butter also must be grass-fed, because grass-fed butter has a high nutrient density including being packed with omega-3 fatty acids.

Side note on saturated fats: Yes, grass-fed butter and MCT oils have saturated fat, but they contain the good kind! There is confusion when it comes to saturated fats due to the skewed and biased research on saturated fats. There are different types of saturated fats, short, medium, and long, and all have different effects on the body. There is also a huge difference between grass-fed and non grass-fed butter, with grass-fed butter being incredibly nutritious as you will learn below. 

Below lists the top 10 reasons to blend butter and oil in your coffee:

1. Increases fullness

This is due to to the healthy fats from the MCT oil and the grass-fed butter. Fat is incredibly good at keeping you full because it is the slowest to digest. Coffee also can have an appetite suppressing effect which help to keep you fuller longer.



2. Keeps blood sugar steady

A fat-only breakfast with zero carbs means no spike in blood sugar, as well as no spike in the fat-storage hormone insulin. Remember that carbohydrates (and even protein to some extent) will raise blood sugar quickly which causes a subsequent release of insulin just as quickly. Insulin’s job is to get sugar out of the blood as quickly and efficiently as possible. So when insulin is stimulated by this blood sugar raise, it quickly takes the sugar out of the blood and stores it in an easy accessible place – the most accessible place being your fat cells. This process takes around 90 minutes, which is why you might start to feel hungry or shaky a couple hours after eating and is why you crave sugar – because your blood sugar is now lower than what you started with. Read more about a study that looked at this here. Having an even blood sugar is key to keeping your mood in check as well as your energy.



3. Increases focus and mental clarity

This comes mostly from the MCT oil which breaks down into ketone bodies quickly, supplying your brain with an alternate source of energy. The ketone bodies also boost the neurotransmitter GABA which is anti-anxiety neurotransmitter in the brain that promotes calm and focus.



4. Super satisfying

Fat is the most satisfying of all the macronutrients, and you are getting a high fat drink when blending grass-fed butter and oil in your calorie-free coffee. Another reason it is so satisfying is due to how it will not raise blood sugar or make you crave sugar – which happens when you eat carbs.

5. Regulates hormones

If you didn’t know, hormones control everything in the body. They control your weight, hunger, mood, muscle development, sleep, literally everything. Hormones are built from cholesterol and fat. If you are not consuming enough fat, this can cause inadequate hormone production. Grass-fed butter and MCT oils provide healthy fats to maintain normal hormone function in your body to make you feel and function your best.



6. Anti-inflammatory

This comes mostly from the grass-fed butter which contains several anti-inflammatory factors including omega-3 fatty acids, buyrate, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Inflammation is essentially the cause of all problems in the body, including obesity, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and even mental disorders.



7. Good for your gut

More and more studies have been coming out about the importance of a healthy gut flora. Grass-fed butter contains something called butyrate (or butyric acid) which is a short chain fatty acid  which acts as an anti-inflammatory in your gut. Having adequate amounts of butyric acid has been associated with less gastrointestinal flare-ups as with colitis and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as preventing obesity. It is important to note that coffee contains polyphenols which are antioxidants that can also act as food for the good bacteria in your gut that help to keep you lean.



8. Good for your heart

All of the components contribute to a healthy heart. Grass-fed butter contains vitamin K2, which has been found to decrease clogging of arteries, thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease and heart attack. It should be noted that MCT oil has also been found to be heart friendly, and blood markers related to heart disease have been found to go down when consuming them. Coffee has also been found to be good for your heart, read more about coffee 



9. Helps you to burn fat for fuel

This is due to actually all ingredients involved. Coffee has been found to rev metabolism and get fat out of cells to be used by the body, and both MCT oil and grass-fed butter promote ketone production meaning your body will burn on ketones and fat rather than sugar.

10. Boosts metabolism

This effect comes from the combination of all three ingredients. Coffee contains certain compounds, including caffeine,  that can rev up your metabolism. MCTs also have been found to have a thermogenic effect, causing your metabolism to go up and burning more calories. Read more about that here. Grass-fed butter contains butyric acid which has been found to increase energy expenditure and may cause the body to use fat for fuel

Main takeaways…

The key is to use coconut oil or MCT oil, and the only butter you should use is grass-fed, otherwise you will not be getting any of the above health benefits. It is also important to use high quality coffee beans to get the most benefit from the coffee itself. Blending the brewed coffee with the oil and grass-fed butter is key, mainly for the butter which needs to be broken up evenly for best absorption of nutrients.  

Summary of the above:

  • Use grass-fed butter
  • Use MCT oil or coconut oil
  • Use high quality coffee beans
  • Blend the brewed coffee with the oil and grass-fed butter
  • Enjoy!




References

  1.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2671041/
  2. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/132/3/329.full
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4644874/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19366864
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22738315
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2187945/
  7. https://nutritionreview.org/2013/04/medium-chain-triglycerides-mcts/




About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab

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