The coffee phenomena in this country does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
With a new major coffee chain popping up on every street corner, Americans are more caffeinated now more than ever.
Just the other day I was standing waiting to cross at an intersection and I couldn't help but notice that each corner had a coffee shop on it. As a person who is cautious with her caffeine intake, even I find it tempting to indulge in a hot dark roast midday.
The newest health trend has me wondering whether my hesitations towards drinking coffee may have come too soon.
Rather than using cream and sugar in their coffee, people have started putting butter in their brews and you will be amazed by the reasons. Yes, that's right, butter.
However, the health benefits of adding butter to your coffee is not achieved using any old golden churn, it is important that you use only organic grass fed butter to truly reap the benefits of this trend which has is based on an ancient tea tradition.
Here are 5 reasons to reconsider how you take your coffee:
1. Cardiovascular Boost
Grass fed butter is one of the best sources for omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and both are proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. These good fats also help regulate cholesterol and can help reduce high blood pressure.
2. Brain Food
The same omega fatty acids in grass fed butter which can help heart health also help create new cell membranes in the brain and support the renewal of vital brain pathways.
The short-chain fatty acid Butyrate in grass fed butter has been linked to preventing neurodegenerative diseases and is an excellent anti-inflammatory which can prevent serious blood clots or hemorrhaging in the brain.
3. Reduce Body Fat
Conjugated linoleic acid in grass fed butter has been proven to reduce body fat mass especially in overweight individuals. The butyrate content in this butter can also increase a person's energy expenditure, further enabling rapid fat burn.
4. Energy Boost
This "bulletproof" coffee has that name for a reason. It will give you energy as well as increased cognitive function without the usual caffeine crash. This amped up drink can help produce ketones which are created when your body creates energy from fat rather than carbohydrates.
5. Meal in a Mug
According to fans of this bullet brew, just two tablespoons of butter in your coffee can serve as an acceptable meal replacement. This last health "benefit" seems ill advised in my opinion but the essential fats and calories in this creamy coffee can prove more energizing than a carbohydrate source like oatmeal.
So the verdict?
If you're looking to improve brain function and energy levels, there are healthier and more balanced approaches than this so called "bulletproof" drink.
By Michelle Toole of Healthy Holistic Living