As you know, coffee and I are good friends. Seriously good friends.
I don’t leave the house in the morning without my trusty travel mug, and my kids have been known to say things like, “Mum. Go drink some coffee. It’ll make you less cranky.”
Okay, I’ve cut back since then.
But I do like my coffee.
And I’m fond of butter, too. I come by it honestly—our grandmother routinely kept at least 6 pounds of butter in the back of her fridge, “just in case.”
Just in case what, Nana? Just in case all the cows in the world keel over dead from some mysterious cow disease and there is a sudden butter shortage? Just in case another world war breaks out and butter gets rationed?
I’m a bit more moderate than Nana in my butter consumption, mainly because it’s a pretty calorie-intensive food. I still eat it, though, and I’ve talked before about why I’d rather have a bit of butter on my toast than margarine any day.
So. Resolved that coffee and butter are both pretty excellent.
Then why does my stomach churn just a bit when I read about the latest dietary fad, “buttered coffee”?
I am not in any way kidding. Butter coffee, sometimes known as “bulletproof coffee,” is pretty much what it sounds like: a combination of black coffee, 80 grams of grass-fed unsalted butter, and “MCT oil,” basically a coconut-palm oil blend. You whiz this together in a blender, et voilà! Buttered coffee.
According to the guy who pushes “Bulletproof Coffee,”
(which includes his own brand of “toxin-free coffee beans,” plus his
own brand of “upgraded MCT oil,” available on his site for the low, low
price of…), “I learned about the power of butter at 18,000 feet
elevation near Mt. Kailash in Tibet when I staggered into a guest house from the -10 degree weather and was literally rejuvenated by a creamy cup of yak butter tea.”
Well, then. That explains everything.
Proponents claim it’s a wonderful source of energy (yeah, because 80 grams of butter contains 574 calories and almost 65 grams of fat—that’s a fair chunk of energy, and I’m not even including the MCT), and say it not only boosts performance and makes your brain work better, but accelerates weight loss.
Hang on, hold the phone.
How does ingesting 574+ extra calories of fat per day make you lose weight?
Bulletproof Coffee Dude swears that a cup of this stuff in the morning (if made properly, i.e. using his own swell ingredients) will keep you going for a full 6 hours.
By which I think he’s saying, “…and you will therefore eat less”? Maybe? Work with me here, I’m trying to give the guy the benefit of the doubt.
Perhaps buttered coffee is so full of fatty goodness that you’re not hungry for breakfast…or anything, ever again? Bulletproof Coffee Dude doesn’t come out and say that, but it’s the only way I can imagine that adding that much extra fat to your daily food intake will make you lose weight.
However, given North Americans’ seemingly boundless appetite for dietary fads, not to mention our amazing ability to cram more calories than should be humanly possible into the food we eat, I predict a great future for butter coffee.
Just not in my house. Please.