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Lowering your carb intake is the rage and the morning drink routine is no exception. Coffee is the most popular option with 0g carbs per serving along with its boost of caffeine. Brewed cacao is also becoming a popular low carb morning drink option with its 1.5g per serving. Roasted, ground, and brewed just like coffee, brewed cacao has the flavor of pure dark chocolate and is becoming a popular alternative to coffee for its significantly lower levels of acidity and alternative energy source of theobromine. Learn more about the brewed cacao craze here.
But why are people adding butter to their coffee or brewed cacao in the morning? What’s the fuss all about? Here are the top 4 reasons:
#1 Better Energy
A cup of coffee with butter added to it changes how your body processes caffeine. Coffee has long been hailed as the “go-to” option for a caffeinated energy boost in the morning. But the new trend in adding butter to your coffee offers this same boost with a nice new twist. First, the coffee becomes frothier and more satiating causing you to pace yourself as you drink your coffee. This slower, more even intake of caffeine helps you avoid the “5 hour energy” spike you normally get when you drink your coffee fast.
Second, adding butter to coffee offers a built in “slow release” mechanism for caffeine. When you normally drink coffee, the caffeine is released immediately into you body which causes a spike and can leave you feeling jittery. When add butter to coffee, the fat in the butter breaks down into micelles or small droplets which bind to caffeine molecules. Since fat takes longer for your body to process, the fat allows the caffeine to be released more slowly and evenly into your system. Voila! You get the energy boost from caffeine without the harsh spike and crash. Learn more at Bulletproofcoffee.com here.
A cup of brewed cacao with butter will also slow the intake of caffeine. But because brewed cacao is 99.9% caffeine free and has only 15mg of caffeine (less than decaf) per cup, the “slow release” that you get from butter isn’t needed. However, brewed cacao offers a nice energy alternative for your mornings. Brewed cacao contains theobromine, a naturally occurring stimulant found in cacao that can be more pleasant and longer lasting than caffeine. Unlike caffeine, theobromine is not a central nervous system stimulant and therefore doesn’t typically make you feel as on edge or jittery. Learn more about brewed cacao here.
#2 Better Weight Management
Studies have shown that obese people have high proportion of the bacteria firmicute in their system vs. thin people. Thin people also show to have a larger proportion of bacteroidetes bacteria. Nutrition experts suggest that a wonderful weight management tool is to feed the “thin bacteria” and starve the “obese bacteria” in your body. The polyphenal antioxidants found in butter are a great food source for bacteroidetes or “ thin bacteria” and is one important component help up by paleo and keto advocates as the pathway to a healthy weight.
Brewed cacao is even higher in polyphenal antioxidants than butter and is hailed as a polyphenal super food to help you manage a healthy weight. What’s more is that cacao also acts as a natural appetite suppressant that helps curb your appetite and promotes weight loss.[i] Cacao stimulates serotonin production in the brain which helps suppress your appetite and can result in consuming less calories in the long run. So when you add butter and cacao together, you’re looking at a weight management super drink.
#3 Better Mental performance
Adding butter to your coffee or brewed cacao also increases mental performance. Butter provides amazing fuel for your body on a low carb diet. The fatty acids in butter work to provide better fuel for your brain (mitochondrial biogenesis) as well has better neurotransmitter balance in brain function. Consistently consuming high fat low carb food and drink also increases blood flow to your brain. These factors work to improve mental clarity and can make you feel great.[ii]
As with weight management, cacao by itself contributes to increased mental performance. Theobromine that is found in cacao can help with brain function and helps to improve focus.[iii] In one study, after consuming cacao beverages, participants that were assigned certain tasks showed more interested and demonstrated greater calmness.[iv] By adding a higher fat butter into brewed cacao, you’re complimenting the nutritional content that already exists to contribute to mental performance.
#4 Better Taste
Finally adding butter to your coffee or brewed cacao tastes amazing. If you think you enjoyed your morning drink routine, wait until you add butter. Butter adds a frothy mouth feel and flavor. You’ll look forward to your mornings like never before.
That’s it! So does adding butter to your morning coffee or brewed cacao really make you bulletproof? Pretty much.
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[iii] Scholey, A. B., French, S. J., Morris, P. J., Kennedy, D. O., Milne, A. L., & Haskell, C. F. (2010).