In this first chapter, we are going to look at what butter coffee is, how it’s made and why it’s come to be one of the latest fads in the diet world. The name says it all – butter coffee is, put simply, a cup of coffee with butter in it.
Perhaps that doesn’t sound all that appealing to you – the thought of drinking coffee loaded with oil and fat –
but studies have shown it to be effective in helping with weight loss and brain function. Let’s take a closer look at this butter coffee and the effect it has on our bodies
Q: So, what is butter coffee?
Butter coffee is a high-fat, lowcarbohydrate drink that acts as a meal replacement, usually for breakfast. The
perfect cup of butter coffee is made from 2 cups of coffee – try to use whole-bean or ground coffee if you can – blended with 2 tablespoons of grass-fed unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. That’s it, all you do is blend and enjoy.
Q: I heard coconut oil is a better ingredient.
A: Coconut oil is a much better choice, because MCT oil is manufactured while coconut oil is natural. MCT oil does not contain all the essential fatty acids that coconut oil does, as they are lost in the production process. So if you can get pure coconut oil, you should – it’s a much healthier version with all the right fatty acids. In fact, MCT is actually
extracted from coconut oil, so using the real thing means you are getting all the benefits, not just some of them.
Q: Can anyone drink this?
A: Yes, unless they are allergic to any of the ingredients. However, and this a big caveat, if you are not already on a lowcarbohydrate, high-fat diet, and you continue to eat your normal diet, you will not gain all of the benefits. You may find yourself feeling queasy after drinking it, and you almost certainly will not lose any weight. Anyone who does substitute butter coffee for their breakfast should make sure they have their blood cholesterol level tested on a regular basis to make sure it stays within safe levels. If you are on a ketogenic diet, your cholesterol
will already be at normal levels, but those who are not may run into trouble.
Q: Can I use a substitute?
A: It depends on what you mean by a substitute. We’ve already talked about using coconut oil instead of store-bought
MCT oil; that’s perfectly acceptable. The butter must be from grass-fed sources. Believe it or not, corn-fed butter or cheap industrially produced butter does not have the same ingredients or the same health benefits. And it must be unsalted. You’ll know that if you’ve ever put salt in your coffee instead of sugar by mistake! It tastes foul and will put you off drinking butter coffee for life. The coffee – well, you can use your regular coffee to start with, just to see
how you like it, but it must be a good quality coffee. You can also use good filter coffee or coffee made from beans.
Really, it’s up to you; just make sure it isn’t cheap powdered coffee, because that will negate all the benefits you will
Q: Will it be expensive?
A: Not really. You know how much you spend on coffee already. OK, the addition of a good quality grass-fed butter and the oil will bump up your costs to start with. But add in the benefits of better health. You’ll see a savings in your medical expenses, which will be far more than the cost of the coffee. And you will only be drinking this once a day, in the morning, so the true cost is actually very little.
Q: Can I stop drinking it at any time?
A: Yes. But if you do, then you will lose all the benefits you have gained from drinking it. If it’s working and you enjoy
it, why stop?
Q: Can my child have it?
A: No. Children require a lot of nutrients in order to grow. Their bodies require several types of vitamins which the diet might not provide. Besides, children must be allowed to consume dairy products, which the diet absolutely prohibits.