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8 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking Keto Butter Coffee

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<article> <section> <p>If you have been doing keto for a while, you have no doubt heard of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee, or keto butter coffee. It’s a simple recipe: take your staple coffee and add fat to it. But what kind of fat? Will any butter do, for example? And why should you go about changing your morning pick-me-up? </p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>1. Keto butter coffee’s benefits come from its ingredients</header> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-warm-on-table-0048.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-warm-on-table-0048.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-warm-on-table-0048.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-warm-on-table-LR-0048.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="coffee-warm-on-table"> </picture> <p>The original keto butter coffee, coined “Bulletproof Coffee” by Dave Asprey, was designed to require or benefit from Dave Asprey’s product of Bulletproof MCT oil. But you don’t need fancy products to have a good cup of what we prefer to call keto butter coffee.</p> <p>In its purest form, keto butter coffee is just <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-butter-coffee/" rel="noreferrer">Good Coffee + Grass-Fed Butter + MCT Oil</a></p> <p>We’ll discuss the benefits of each of these ingredients, but we think it’s important to note that you can make this delicious cup with foods you already shop for.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>2. Coffee’s benefits are another good reason to drink a hearty cup</header> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-beans-in-sack-0048.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-beans-in-sack-0048.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-beans-in-sack-0048.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-beans-in-sack-LR-0048.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="coffee-beans-in-sack"> </picture> <p>Coffee is popular for being our go-go juice. It has a high caffeine content and with the addition of sugars and creams, its taste can range from stark and bitter to creamy and sweet. A proper keto diet does not allow sugars and heavy sweeteners, even when added to your coffee. But some sweetener alternatives, in addition to the healthy fat options, we’ll discuss here, will more than make up the difference, and might even make your coffee taste better!</p> <p>Coffee does more than wake us up, however. It has the highest concentration of polyphenols known to the modern western diet. Why is that important? Polyphenols feed a particular type of pathogen in our guts clinically associated with a lower BMI. There isn’t a probiotic pill you can take to get more of these bacteria, and even if you could, they would die off and be overrun by the other pathogens in your gut unless you feed them the polyphenols they crave. By adding extra helpings of polyphenols to your diet (by drinking coffee, for example), you are feeding these “skinny” bacteria and creating the kind of intestinal environment for them to thrive in.</p> <p>Polyphenols are also natural antioxidants which means they help the body deal with everyday molecular stressors. Coffee intake has been reported to help with chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes and liver disease<sup>1</sup>. Caffeine sensitivity is different for every person, so we can’t recommend a daily cup amount, but if you enjoy your morning coffee, we say sip it slowly and enjoy that brew because it does a lot for you.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>3. Grass-fed butter is a thumbs-up on the ketogenic diet</header> <p>We’re talking true grass-fed butter here. The “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” sticks from your local diner do not get a thumbs-up from keto. Grass-fed butter is free from the hydrogenated oils that cause inflammation and a cascade of health problems when eaten regularly. In fact, grass-fed butter is considered a health food when eaten in moderation.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/butter-in-cup-0048.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/butter-in-cup-0048.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/butter-in-cup-0048.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/butter-in-cup-LR-0048.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="butter-in-cup"> </picture> <p>When a cow is raised to be healthy, grazing on the food it was designed to eat in an environment that makes it feel safe and happy, it makes nutritious milk. This milk is designed by evolution to grow a baby cow into a full-sized heifer or bull. When we make butter from this nutritious milk, we are increasing the fat content. We do lose some nutrients, but the increased fat content is nothing to scoff at when you’re on the keto diet and have a daily macro goal to reach.</p> <p>This is one reason why we suggest adding butter to your morning coffee, a healthy slab of this fat can give you a leg up to reach your macro goals before you even sit down for breakfast. Giving your body healthy fats first thing in the morning, to literally break your fast, is a great way to reinforce the ketone levels your body is running on. The increased ketone levels combined with a coffee can be a powerful combination, especially when you consider this fun fact about the pair: </p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>4. Healthy fat causes a slower release of caffeine in the bloodstream</header> <p>When healthy fats get blended into your piping hot coffee, they melt and break into tiny fat droplets that are more easily absorbed by your GI tract. This fast absorption of fat slows the absorption of the caffeine in the coffee—which is good for you! The slower absorption equates to a longer lasting effect. Instead of running off of, say 400 milligrams of caffeine right at the start of your morning, you get to reap the benefits of 400 milligrams of caffeine over the course of three to four hours. That means you’ll get less of a midday slump and maybe even need fewer cups of coffee over the course of your day! </p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>5. MCT oil hits your brain fast</header> <p>If the slower caffeine absorption has you worried that your one cup of coffee won’t be enough to wake you up in the morning, don’t worry. Your solution is the third ingredient in keto butter coffee: MCT oil or medium chain triglycerides. </p> <p>MCT oils are full of butyrate, a potent regulator of human metabolism (making ketones) as well as a key mediator of the gut-brain connection<sup>2</sup>. In simple terms, MCT oil gets absorbed into your bloodstream and hits your brain with energy fast. And because it helps with the gut-brain connection, it paves the way for more ketones to do the same as the day goes on. The caffeine might not all be absorbed in once when you switch to keto butter coffee, but all of the effects you depend on coffee for are being delivered in multiple ways.</p> <p>MCT oils most commonly come in the form of coconut oil or palm oil. These oils are not particularly micronutrient dense, however, which is why we don’t suggest swapping out a full breakfast for keto butter coffee. </p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>6. It might be the first thing you drink in the morning</header> <p>Have you noticed that a lot of health gurus chalk up their good health or flat abs to something they do first thing in the morning? Instagram models swear by their lemon water or apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning. Your personal trainer wants you to eat protein within thirty minutes of waking up or do some light activity as soon as your feet hit the floor. And if you’ve been digging into the probiotic sphere, you might have noticed that some of them recommend taking your dosage “upon rising.”</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-cup-and-trail-of-beans-0048.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-cup-and-trail-of-beans-0048.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-cup-and-trail-of-beans-0048.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/coffee-cup-and-trail-of-beans-LR-0048.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="coffee-cup-and-trail-of-beans"> </picture> <p>The first thing we do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of our day, and not just because that’s a nice metaphor or symbolic omen. It is literally when our bodies are the most receptive to what we give them. When we wake up on our own without an alarm, it’s because of a cortisol rush from our adrenals that reboots our system and pulls us out of sleep. Our digestive tract is the most empty and free to break down and absorb whatever we give it, undistracted by our last meal which was sometime yesterday. When you make keto butter coffee your coffee fix for the morning, you are giving your gut all the goodies of this drink unperturbed, and that allows it to be your biggest benefit of the day, thus starting your day off right.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>7. Keto butter coffee can help your intermittent fasting</header> <p>The ketogenic diet often comes hand in hand with intermittent fasting, which is when you go more than thirteen hours without eating. Without a food source, your body cranks up the ketosis levels, eating off your body fat to power your organs and tissues. It’s also good for “cleaning house,” so to speak, as your body doesn’t have to divert energy to digest your food. </p> <p>Intermittent fasting is commonly done by eating an early dinner and a very late lunch, but if your body is not a streamlined machine and has a lot of stressors to counteract and tissues to clean up, skipping breakfast might not be your best option. As we mentioned before, when you wake up on your own, your body hits you with a dose of cortisol, a stimulant to increase blood circulation and rev up your metabolism. In a normal situation of waking up and eating, proving to your body that you are safe, this shot of cortisol is a healthy stressor, one meant to merely change the body. But combined with a lack of food, it can turn into pure stress. </p> <p>We don’t want to stress your body out which is why we suggest drinking keto butter coffee in the morning. The low carbs and high fats reinforce the ketosis state that is already activated while giving your body some healthy morning calories. </p> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>8. It’s delicious</header> <p>It’s creamy, it’s easily frothed, and it can balance out the bitter coffee taste<sup>3</sup>. Better than cream and sugar, it’s grass-fed butter and MCT oil. Give it a try!</p> <div class="sub-head">Resources</div> <ol> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28675917">The Impact of Coffee on Health</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27346602">The neuropharmacology of butyrate</a> </li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-deal-with-butter-in-coffee-190911">What’s the Deal with Butter in Coffee?</a></li> </ol> </section> </article>

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