At Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics, we’re staunch proponents of healthy fat consumption. So, we found it most interesting to read about the latest trend of substituting butter for cream and sugar in your morning cup of java. Although in general, we do not support the coffee drinking habit (for reasons explained in a previous blog), there are definitely health benefits that butter provides. The caveat here is that the butter must be derived from grass-fed animals (cows, buffalo, goats, etc.), be unsalted, and preferably organic (raw butter would be the ultimate best choice, but it’s not as accessible to most people).
In addition, it is recommended to use a high-quality, organic coffee product to avoid heavy pesticide residues. The problem with most commercial butter sold in the United States is that the majority of cows are fed corn and soy. These are foods cows were never intended to eat and consequently, are unable to digest. However, cows grazing on grass produce milk with the perfect balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fats. Read on to see why this is important to your health, as well as other reasons to consume grass-fed butter.
Health Benefits of Grass-fed Butter:
- Butter is a rich source of vitamin A – good for many functions in the body, from maintaining optimal vision to sustaining a healthy endocrine system. Butter also contains fat-soluble vitamins D, E, and K2.
- Butter is a great source for important trace minerals, including manganese, chromium, zinc, copper, selenium, and iodine.
- Butter contains significant amounts of short-and medium-chain fatty acids, which boost metabolism, support immune function, and possess anti-microbial properties for proper gut function.
- Butter gives us the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, which is important for brain function, skin health, hormonal balance, heart health, cholesterol regulation, and it helps to reduce body fat.
- Grass-fed cows produce butter that contains high levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a fatty acid that protects against cancer and helps your body to build muscle as opposed to storing fat.
- Butter contains butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid, which has been shown to reduce inflammation, increase energy, and prevent neuro-degenerative diseases.
This “bulletproof” coffee (the term coined by David Asprey, formulator of this popular blend), purportedly provides you with energy and increases mental clarity that lasts for approximately six hours, without the crash. It is recommended that just two tablespoons of butter in your coffee is all that you need to replace your breakfast meal, making it a time-saver for people on the go.
It is also mentioned that the butter can be mixed with other healthy fats, such as coconut oil and MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil – both are available at most health food stores. Asprey states that MCT oil is digested faster than other fats, thereby boosting energy levels and promoting weight loss. Whether you agree or disagree with this culinary practice, it’s definitely food for thought!