By now you’ve most likely heard about butter in coffee, but here’s why ghee and coffee are the perfect pair
In recent years, butter coffee has gained quite a bit of popularity amongst the diet-savvy, health-conscious crowd. Made popular by Bulletproof®, butter coffee or keto coffee is touted for improving energy, focus and satiety. Instead of eating a carb-heavy breakfast (precisely what keto dieters are keen to avoid), you can feel energized and satiated by adding a dollop of high-quality fat to your cup of Joe. Why not take that butter coffee up a notch and put ghee and coffee together for a super-charged java loaded with the benefits of grass-fed ghee?
So what are the benefits of grass-fed ghee?
Ghee is essentially clarified butter—a lactose-free, shelf-stable, high-heat cooking oil with origins in ancient India. Since ancient times, this versatile cooking oil has been celebrated for its taste, nutritional value and healing properties, and in recent years, Western medicine has increasingly begun to recognize its health benefits.
Grass-fed ghee contains full-spectrum short, medium, and long-chain fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, vitamins A, D, E and K, 9 phenolic antioxidants, as well as numerous other minerals, and is one of the highest natural sources of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
Why ghee and coffee is the way to go
From its bitter flavor to its harshness on the tummy, for some, coffee can be a hard drink to swallow, especially first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Here are our reasons why combining ghee and coffee make for a gentler, tastier brew that can help you feel good and possibly even help you lose some weight (if that’s what you’re going for).
Ghee is good for the gut. During the process of turning butter into ghee, lactose and casein (the sugar and protein found in milk products) are removed, making ghee easier to digest than butter — especially for those with dairy sensitivities.
The butyric and omega-3 fatty acids found in ghee are good for gut health and metabolism. Butyric acid reduces the seepage of undigested food in the gut and helps to repair the mucosal lining. Omega-3 fatty acid helps to reduce inflammation.
Ghee and coffee can improve your mood. If you’re a coffee drinker, you’re probably familiar with the uplifting feeling that first sip of coffee awards you. Caffeine acts as a central nervous stimulant that helps you feel more alert and energized. When you add ghee to your coffee, that mood-boost is sustained. The fat content of ghee increases nerve connections and improves the production of hormones, helping to keep your mood elevated and stable.
Ghee can help you lose weight. If losing weight is your goal, ghee can help. It’s loaded with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Studies suggest that CLA may help reduce body fat, alleviate inflammation, lower the amount of blood cholesterol, and improve and stabilize blood pressure. And what’s more, grass-fed ghee contains even higher concentrations of CLA.
However, it is important to remember that while ghee and coffee are a great way to start your morning, don’t devoid yourself from pairing it with a healthy, protein-filled breakfast. To gain the most from your fat-filled coffee, it should undoubtedly be consumed alongside a healthy diet.
Ghee tastes good. Ghee has a more delicate flavor than butter. The sweeter, nuttier taste may be just what your coffee needs to mellow out the bitterness, without having to add additional carb-loaded sweeteners.
Ghee and Tea
Not a coffee drinker? Not to worry! Ghee and tea make for a fine pairing, as well, and you can still access all the benefits of ghee in your morning cuppa. Check out this blog post for a recipe to make a frothy, satisfying cup of Ghee Tea, and check our blog to get more great ghee recipes.