Latest coffee trend keeps you energised for longer

2014-08-05 00:00

WHEN I talk to people about the latest foodie trend of adding butter to your coffee, I inevitably get that look — a blank and over-polite expression that clearly questions my sanity.

For most people, the image that springs to mind is their beloved morning cuppa defiled by a greasy dollop of butter, and first thing in the morning! So I do understand the look.

However, the carb-phobic devotees of the Tim Noakes or paleo diets will probably be salivating at the prospect of adding more fat to the start of their day.

The concept of butter coffee or bulletproof coffee was invented, or rather pioneered, by Dave Asprey, an entrepreneur from Silicon Valley in California (why does that not surprise me?).

Asprey, who trademarked the term Bulletproof coffee, founded his company, Bulletproof, in 2010.

He was served some yak butter tea while hiking in Tibet (as one does) in freezing conditions and at high altitude. After drinking the tea he felt completely rejuvenated and energised so, on his return to the U.S. he set out to replicate the beverage, but by using coffee.

So what can butter coffee do for you?

I have not had the pleasure of drinking it, but fans of the beverage say it allows you to have a coffee buzz without the jitters or acidity in the stomach, provides greater mental clarity, sustains your energy over a longer period of time (up to six hours) and keeps hunger at bay because the fat content keeps you full, which can then lead to weight loss.

In terms of health, grass-fed butter (the type you are meant to use) has the best ratio of omega-six to omega-three fatty acids, and is a source of vitamin K, both of which are able to reduce body fat and the risk of heart disease.

As a drink on its own, and if the ingredients are pure, butter coffee will do all it promises.

Like the high-protein no-carb diet, it’s the fat content that keeps you full and, as a result, you’re less likely to get hungry and so you therefore eat less.

It’s simple science, not a magic weight-loss elixir.

But be warned. A tablespoon of the butter and oil will add an extra 200 to 300 calories to your daily intake, so butter coffee has to replace some food or caloric beverage.

Otherwise you could gain an extra 10 kg in a year just by having a mug a day.

So, a breakfast of maple syrup pancakes washed down with a mug of butter coffee is simply not a good idea.

 — City Press.

• Dion Chang is the founder of Flux Trends. For more trends, visit:

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