Why you should be putting butter in your coffee

How do you take your coffee? Cream? Sugar? ...Butter? I’ve always preferred the taste of a dark roast coffee—no cream, no sugar, just coffee—, so when the butter coffee trend first blew up, I dismissed it as popular for the sake of being strange and said I would never try it.

Well I tried it.  M43 Fitness founder, Scott Abramouski said he was a supporter of healthy fats in coffee, so I figured it must be the real deal. “The fat concentration is so high that it doesn’t get broken down by the liver, so you have to burn fat to break it down. It basically kicks you into a fat-burning mode first thing in the morning,” says Scott.

For a week now, I’ve started my morning by pouring a cup of coffee, unsalted (preferably grass-fed) butter, and some coconut oil into my Nutribullet. It came out light and frothy like a latte. All my internet research had me prepared to love the taste and prefer it over my usual black cup of joe, but, in all honesty, I didn’t like it. The strange flavor and slimy texture threw me off a bit, but it wasn’t unbearable. Throughout the week, it was easier and easier to drink.

While I wasn’t a big fan of the taste, I did notice and enjoy plenty of benefits. For about 3 years now, I’ve been the type of person who starts their day with a cup or two of coffee and needs another around 3pm unless I want a debilitating caffeine headache. From day one of trying out the new morning routine, I skipped the mid-day coffee without even realizing it. I no longer had a jittery caffeine rush and crash. Thanks to the fat in butter, my energy was more sustained and could power me through an entire day. And I saved $20 this week from the coffee I would normally buy halfway through my work day!

Aside from the steady energy, butter coffee kept me from snacking and overeating. I felt full just from drinking the coffee and could easily wait to eat until lunch. It helped me power through a workout and make it through a 9 hour shift at work without all the unnecessary snacking that I usually fell victim to.

While I won’t go into too much detail about the science behind the magic of butter coffee, I can’t talk enough about the benefits. These are changes I noticed immediately that improved my everyday life and got me interested in a ketogenic diet. Keto diets are all about burning fat, which turns into energy. If you’re interested in a high-fat diet for weight loss (you read that right), you can learn more here: The Ketogenic diet: for weight loss, better health, and better energy.

While I started drinking butter coffee as a little experiment, I’ve had an incredibly productive week and haven’t felt this good in a while. Cream? Sugar? Butter, please.