Wellness experts, doctors, any health care provider, they all love to warn us about the dangers of fat. So why are all
these people suddenly in favor of heaping butter and oil into their coffee in the mornings? What good can that possibly do you? Well, according to the experts, using the right butter and the right oil gives you a healthy dose of the right kind of fat, and at long last, many health experts are suddenly changing their views on fat and its effect on our bodies. Butter coffee contains high levels of saturated fat – the good stuff. MCT oil (if you use coconut oil, you are getting the MCTs) has been proven to aid weight loss, specifically targeting areas of adipose tissue in both humans and animals. But how does it work?
The Science behind MCT Oil
MCT means medium-chain triglyceride. This is a type of fat that is thought to offer serious health benefits; it is found
naturally in both palm kernel and coconut oil. Fats are a category of molecules that are composed of chains of carbon atoms. The most common forms of fat in our diets are LCTs – long chain triglycerides – and these consist of 12-18 carbon atoms, while MCTs only have 6-10. The shorter the chain, the more benefit from the unique properties of the triglycerides. The single most unique property of medium chain triglycerides is that they are not broken down in the digestive system like most forms of fat are. Instead, they go directly to the liver, intact, where they deliver a constant
stream of energy. Most fats cannot do this until they have been broken down and delivered into the bloodstream, which causes those familiar spikes and dips in energy levels throughout the day. This works because the shorter chain length of the MCTs allows them to be absorbed into the body far more quickly, and as a consequence, they are metabolized, or burned, much faster. As a result, instead of being stored in the body as fat, the calories in MCTs are converted straight to energy for use by your organs and muscles.
What about the Saturated Fats?
Saturated fats can be found in products that are animal-based – butter, cheese, milk, fatty meats, etc. They are also to be found in oils such as palm and coconut. Now, contrary to popular belief, to what doctors have been telling us for years, saturated fats are good for you. They are healthy, heart healthy in fact, so they do not increase the risk of heart disease or heart attack – they actually decrease it. Obviously that depends on the amount you eat and the source, but eating saturated fat that comes from high quality animal or vegetable sources that have been through the absolute minimum of processing is perfectly healthy. It provides you with a sustained source of energy and is also one of the building blocks required by cells and some hormones. Eating (or in the case of butter coffee,
drinking) a healthy dose of saturated fat with your meal helps to slow down the rate at which your body absorbs the
food. This means that you feel full for longer and the hunger pangs you would normally start to feel within a couple of hours of eating will be gone. In addition to that, saturated fat is also a vessel that carries important fat-soluble vitamins around your body, like vitamins A, D, E and K. They help to convert carotene into vitamin A, which
subsequently helps with the absorption of minerals – something that today’s common diet doesn’t do, which means
most of the minerals and nutrients that you do eat are not being put to good use. While there are more than a dozen different saturated fats, your main consumption will be just three – stearic acid, lauric acid and palmic acid.
Stearic acid is mainly found in animal fat and pure cocoa, and does not, as previously believed, have an adverse
effect on your cholesterol. In fact, when it gets to your liver, it is converted into oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat. In contrast, the other two fats, lauric and palmic acids, do raise your cholesterol level. However, because they raise HDL cholesterol, which is the good one, by more than they raise LDL, the bad one, then they still have the effect of reducing the risk of heart disease.
Butter Coffee Equals Weight Loss
So, bearing in mind that your breakfast now consists of a cup of coffee, MCT oil and butter, how are you going to lose
weight? Simple. As you have already seen, the combination will raise your metabolism and be converted into energy very quickly. The fact that these are not stored as fat in your body, added to the rise in energy levels and compounded by the fact that you will not feel hungry again for several hours, means your weight will start to drop. Later on, we will look at some more of the benefits of including a cup of butter coffee in your diet, but for now, I will leave you with the thought that losing weight could be as simple as drinking one cup of butter coffee a day. Next, though, to tempt your taste buds, I have a few recipes for you to try that include MCT oil.