- Why Does Kourtney Kardashian Drink Butter?
- Did I just say adding butter to coffee? Yes.
- Well, lo and behold the salted yak butter tea tasted just as good as it sounds; not very.
- 1. You have difficulty eating breakfast in the morning
- 2. You’re always starving before lunch
- 3. You’re frequently constipated
- 4. You’re sensitive to caffeine
- 5. You’re trying to lose weight
- 6. You want to maximize your antioxidants
- Want to try adding butter to coffee or tea? Read this first!
- Don’t knock it ‘til you try it
- All you need to know about the ever-growing butter coffee trend
- OK great, but what on earth is butter coffee?
- Why are people drinking this?
- Wait, how does drinking butter every morning help people lose weight?
- So what does it taste like?
- Do I know anyone drinking it?
- How do I get started?
- People are drinking butter in the morning to lose weight
- Bulletproof Coffee
- Kourtney Kardashian Starts Her Day By Drinking Clarified Butter, Because, Health
Why Does Kourtney Kardashian Drink Butter?
Given the buzz surrounding what appeared to be Kourtney Kardashian guzzling a small amount of butter early in the morning on a recent episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, we wanted to know more. Since we couldn’t let this one go, we did a little digging of our own to find out why.
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A tweet from the Kardashian in question clarified that it was ghee, not butter, that she was drinking. However, ghee is actually a type of clarified butter that’s common in Indian cuisine. So in a way, she was still drinking butter—but why?
“Many women incorporate a tablespoon or two of ghee into their diet during pregnancy because it is said to help with your baby’s brain development,” says New York nutritionist, Tanya Zuckerbrot. A reasonable explanation since Kourtney just had her second baby, but she’s not pregnant anymore, so what gives?
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“Even though ghee is a saturated fat and high in fat and calories, in moderation it does seem to have some health benefits, which is why Kourtney would probably be drinking it,” says Zuckerbrot. Ghee actually helps your body absorb more of the vitamins and minerals that you consume. It also helps lubricate stiff joints, gives your skin a glow, and helps with digestion.
In a recent interview Kourtney explains that she drinks ghee mainly for beauty reasons. “I drink a teaspoon of liquid ghee first thing every morning and then wait 20 minutes before eating or drinking anything. The oil has been great for my hair and skin. I don’t think it’s for everyone though.”
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Zuckerbrot agrees that it does have cosmetic properties that benefit hair and nails. But while it all sounds good, Zuckerbrot doesn’t recommend it. “Again, moderation is key and drinking butter of any sort is going to pack on calories and in turn end up causing weight gain and increase the risk of things like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.”
There you go! The great Kardashian butter-drinking mystery is solved. While we can see why she’s doing it, we’re probably going to sit this one out. Would you try it?
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Did I just say adding butter to coffee? Yes.
If you’ve been following the Paleo and Real Food movement for a while, you may have stumbled across people adding butter to their coffee.
This practice actually isn’t anything new. I’ve known about it and dabbled with it since college where I was introduced to the idea at a Tibetan restaurant.
And yes, there’s a good story to go with this.
I went to college in a fairly progressive, yet small town. With tens of thousands of students in a small area, the restaurant scene is big out there, even for semi-rural Massachusetts.
When I saw there was a Tibetan restaurant, I knew I had to try it. Already I was missing the convenience of LA, where you have flavors from around the world within a few miles of your house. Even for me, Tibetan food was a new cuisine, so I convinced my roommate to visit this little establishment and try some food from the Himalayas.
Of course, I wanted to order all the “weird” stuff on the menu (always my M.O.), so when I saw Salted Yak Butter Tea, I knew immediately what I’d be drinking with lunch.
Well, lo and behold the salted yak butter tea tasted just as good as it sounds; not very.
It was super strong black tea with an oil slick of off-tasting butter on top. Oh, and the salt! It was verrrrry salty. Definitely not what I was expecting.
After that experience, I never even considered adding butter to tea until I attended a lecture by Dave Asprey, the guy behind the Bulletproof Executive, who popularized this practice of adding butter to coffee (or tea). He was speaking at a CrossFit gym where I was a Pilates Instructor at the time (and yes, teaching Pilates to Crossfitters is as hilarious and fun as you can imagine).
After being reminded of the benefits, I gave it a try again and was pleasantly surprised to find that:
- When you use good butter and hold the salt, the stuff tastes really good
- Blending it up make it into a creamy treat, not an oily cup of tea
- I felt fantastic after drinking it, with energy that lasted me way past my usual lunch time!
Many bloggers have reviewed the benefits to this practice, and while I don’t think it’s for everyone (or a cure-all by any means), I do think it’s helpful for a number of people. Below, I review some of the reasons you might want to try it out for yourself.
1. You have difficulty eating breakfast in the morning
You know from my article, the healthy breakfast mistake, that I’m a fan of eating in the morning, as long as it’s the right foods. But there are a fair number of people who don’t wake up in the morning wanting to eat, who feel like their stomach is “still asleep” and who get nauseous if they do force down food. I’m absolutely a fan of listening to your body, but this can get you in a bit of an energy pickle.
If you’re not careful, you can go about your morning busying yourself with work and forget to eat, only to realize it’s almost lunch and you’re starving. Enter a gigantic lunch, eaten too fast, a horrific stomach ache, and then the dreaded 2pm crash. Not good.
Or maybe you’re just too busy to eat breakfast in the morning, so you drink straight coffee or tea to get a caffeine buzz. Unfortunately, you may be giving your stomach the sensation of being full (from all the liquid) and tricking your body into thinking you have energy (from the caffeine), but in reality your adrenal glands are pumping out high amounts of stress hormones to raise your blood sugar and keep you going through the morning. It’s simply not sustainable for your body long term and can lead to adrenal and hormonal problems down the road.
Adding butter to your tea or coffee will do two things:
1. It doesn’t overwhelm your digestive system with a heavy load of food, but does provide some necessary calories (from fat) to carry you through part of your morning.
2. Because that energy is coming from fat, it does this without giving you rebound hypoglycemia (or in real talk, crazy hanger, low energy, and cravings that you usually get after a typical high carb meal, like cereal or oatmeal).
2. You’re always starving before lunch
Maybe you’re the type of person with a fast metabolism in the morning. It seems no matter what or how much you eat, you need a snack (or two) before lunch otherwise you get seriously hungry or cranky. Since fat stabilizes your blood sugar without raising or lowering it, adding it to your coffee or tea is the perfect addition to make breakfast more satiating long term. It’s fantastic for those of us who easily go hypoglycemic (ahem- me!).
3. You’re frequently constipated
Anyone who’s constipated hears they should just “eat more fiber” and “drink more water”, but chances are you’ve tried that and it didn’t work. But what those “experts” didn’t tell you is that eating enough fats is crucial to keeping your digestive system moving. Every time you eat fat, your gallbladder releases bile. Aside from helping your body emulsify and absorb fats, bile serves another important function; it helps lubricate digested food as it moves through your GI tract. Bile also stimulates normal peristalsis, the contractions of your intestines that keep food moving normally. (The caffeine in coffee and tea also stimulate peristalsis.)
Now, if your body is not used to eating much fat, it can take a while for the system to adjust, so be sure to read the section below before you add a full tablespoon (or more) of fat to your morning beverage (as too much at once can trigger the opposite problem)!
If you have known gall bladder problems, which can worsen with high amounts of fat eaten at one time, I suggest avoiding this practice altogether.
4. You’re sensitive to caffeine
If you get the jitters from a cup o’ joe, you might try the butter trick. Anecdotally, having fat along with your morning dose of caffeine can dampen its effects. But if you’re anything like me and more caffeine sensitive than most people, you might be better off sticking to tea.
I’ve reviewed before how the caffeine in tea affects our body differently than coffee, and not just because the total quantity is lower. Tea also contains theobromines, compounds that counter the stimulant properties of caffeine. Researchers believe this is why tea tends to be less stimulating than coffee.
But hey, it’s worth an experiment to see what works for you!
5. You’re trying to lose weight
Naturally our bodies are more insulin resistant in the morning, partly due to a rise in cortisol upon waking. That means our bodies aren’t very efficient at metabolizing carbohydrates at breakfast. It also means the body naturally favors using fat for fuel in the morning (also called ketosis).
I’ve described a ketogenic diet before, one that relies more heavily on fats than carbohydrates and part of its benefit is that your body burns more fat. Well, start your morning with coffee/tea with butter in lieu of breakfast and your body will burn fat (ketones) for energy instead. It essentially mimics the effects of fasting, except you’re actually indulging in a pretty delicious drink. (Keep in mind adding any type of sugar to your drink negates this effect.)
Of course, weight loss will only follow if this butter trick results in less hunger later in the day and you end up eating less. This is usually the case when you increase your healthy fat intake, however, not everyone will lose weight or have reduced hunger.
(For example, I am pretty hungry in the morning, and no amount of butter alone will satiate my hunger. In other words, I need food in the morning. My energy is far better when I have a fat-and-protein-rich breakfast along with maybe a little carbs from vegetables or berries. Having butter in my tea will give me an extra hour or two of energy before I’m hungry for lunch, but it’s not enough to sustain me by itself.)
If you experiment with it and end up feeling the same way as me, it’s probably best to have your butter-spiked coffee or tea with a meal (or maybe ditch the idea altogether).
6. You want to maximize your antioxidants
Coffee and tea are both packed with healthful antioxidants. But, adding milk to coffee and tea negates some of the beneficial effects. One study found that adding milk to coffee reduced bioavailability of the antioxidants by 28%. It’s the proteins in milk that binds to the antioxidants, rendering them useless, not the fat.
Butter only has trace amounts of milk protein, meaning that it won’t interfere with your antioxidant absorption. Adding butter to your tea or coffee might actually increase the antioxidant benefits, since it’s well known that fats help your body absorb fat-soluble antioxidants, as I’ve discussed in this article.
So, if you like your coffee or tea with cream, consider switching to butter instead!
Want to try adding butter to coffee or tea? Read this first!
A lot of people aren’t used to eating enough real food fats, a by-product of incorrect nutrition dogma that’s plagued us for decades. Because of this, I suggest you start with a small amount of butter, say a teaspoon, so your digestive system can adjust (too much at once can trigger cramps or diarrhea). Over time you can increase this to however much you like, usually a tablespoon or a little more.
Some also like adding coconut oil to their coffee. It won’t blend up as creamy if you use it in lieu of butter, but it does add a good dose of healthy MCTs (and a yummy coconut flavor). I personally enjoy a combination of the two.
Use the best quality butter that you can find, preferably from grass-fed cows. Kerrygold is a commonly available brand, but there are others. Quality butter will be golden yellow in color and have a delicious flavor. Cheap store-bought butter will ruin a good cup of tea or coffee, so don’t even bother if you can’t access good butter (yes, call me a butter snob, but it’s in your best interest). Opt for unsalted butter (for – what I hope are – obvious reasons).
Use organic coffee or tea to minimize your exposure to pesticide residues. Coffee is one of the most highly sprayed crops when it comes to pesticides and fungicides.
Mix, Mix, Mix!
Emulsifying the butter in your drink is key to a latte-like result (vs. butter slick ala salted yak butter tea. Blech!) Personally, I prefer using an immersion blender because it’s so easy to clean, but a regular blender will work.
Start with a cup of strong black tea or coffee. Add the butter. Whiz it up for 30 seconds or so until it gets frothy and enjoy!
Don’t knock it ‘til you try it
As weird as this sounds, adding butter to your coffee or tea makes an indulgent latte. If you think about it, we all love whipped cream on a hot beverage. Mixing in (unsalted) butter is pretty much the same thing.
Now I’d like to hear from you:
- Have you ever added butter to tea (or coffee)? What did you think?
- Did you notice any of the above benefits or do you have another one to share?
Until next week,
Bulletproof Coffee (John Granen)
The latest trend in coffee may boost your energy and help you lose weight. Or maybe you’ll just throw up.
Go ahead, put some butter in your joe.
Well, not just any butter, and not just any coffee. The butter has to be unsalted and grass-fed, and the coffee beans have to be low-toxin – not the ones you find at the supermarket or Starbucks.
Let Dave Asprey, creator of Bulletproof Coffee, explain.
The caffeine in normal coffee, Asprey says, gives you an initial buzz, but in a while you’ll eventually crash. His low-toxin Bulletproof Coffee, on the other hand, contains MCT oil – a blend of coconut and palm oil – and has healthy fats that keep you going for hours.
“It’s about how you feel two hours later,” Asprey said. “With normal coffee, you get a food craving and get tired two hours later. doesn’t cause a 10:30 crash we’re used to. It gives you a huge boost over normal coffee.”
Asprey says MCT oil is digested faster than other fats, so it boosts energy and promotes weight loss. He says he adds it to his coffee to provide “laser focus.”
“When you blend low-toxin coffee with butter and octane oil (MCT oil), the butter turns off some of your food cravings and provides things the brain needs, including micronutrients,” he said. “It turns off inflammation in the brain.”
Asprey insists on grass-fed, unsalted butter because “there are a lot of inflammatory ingredients in normal butter.” The same applies to much of the coffee sold in the U.S., which he says is filled with fungal toxins.
The practice of putting a pat of butter in your morning drink isn’t new. For generations, Tibetans have made yak butter tea. In fact, Asprey came up with the idea of putting butter in his coffee after trying yak butter tea during a visit to Tibet three years ago. A health and fitness fanatic who had given up coffee, he’d found the perfect solution.
“I wanted to drink coffee, and some days it didn’t make me feel good. I would get groggy,” he said.
As for the taste, Asprey says “It’s like the creamiest latte you’ve ever had.”
So I tried it. And I agree –- it tastes like a latte. But I wasn’t a huge fan of the butter. I felt full and satisfied, but also a little sick.
Asprey says his butter-coffee devotees have grown to 3 million and they swear by it. Many follow a paleo diet, which is high in animal fats and protein.
But is this stuff all it’s cracked up to be?
“There’s no scientific evidence to support the idea that adding butter to coffee provides an extra energy boost or that it may help you lose weight,” said registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot. “However, these claims may have some merit based on what we know about fat and digestion.”
Zuckerbrot said people need some fat in their diets, in part because it helps the body absorb nutrients in the foods they eat.
“We also know that fat slows down digestion,” she said. “Therefore, in theory, butter could slow the absorption of caffeine into the bloodstream. This would result in a prolonged energy boost rather than the peak and crash you might experience if you drank your coffee without the fat.”
Zuckerbrot, author of “Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear – with Fiber,” said she knows people who add butter to their coffee and swear by the results.
But butter is very high in saturated fat, and some health experts caution that it can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. And while this elixir will make you feel full, it’s worth noting that adding the recommended 2 tablespoons of butter to your coffee will also add about 200 calories.
Want to try it? Here’s how to make your coffee Bulletproof-style:
Recipe: Bulletproof Coffee
All you need to know about the ever-growing butter coffee trend
Nestlé is lending its big brand expertise to ketogenic creamer brand Know Brainer to help bring butter coffee to market in a big way. The partnership grew out of the Terra Food + Ag Tech Accelerator program, and while Nestlé hasn’t made a financial investment in the company, the food giant is said to be lending critical support to help bring new butter coffee products to market.
OK great, but what on earth is butter coffee?
Butter coffee, or Bulletproof coffee, is two parts exactly as it sounds and one part twist. A basic butter coffee recipe calls for a tablespoon of grass-fed butter to be added to a cup of black coffee, along with one tablespoon of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. Specialty MCT oil brands have sprung up around the butter coffee diet trend, but since coconut oil is largely MCT in composition, most people just use a tablespoon of high quality coconut oil in their butter coffee triumvirate.
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Why are people drinking this?
Butter coffee is said to slow the spike in energy levels associated with normal coffee-drinking, and to make drinkers feel full for as long as six hours. Fans of the drink claim it’s a brain food, improving mental acuity and focus. It supposedly curbs appetites, assists in weight loss, and can even improve skin tone and complexion. Nestlé – not exactly known for its health products –considers it to be a “functional food,” something consumers already drink and enjoy with an added halo of health and wellness benefits.
Wait, how does drinking butter every morning help people lose weight?
It reportedly has something to do with the role of your liver in digestion. The butter and MCT oil kick your liver into gear, where it gets to work slowly breaking down those medium-chain triglycerides.
Because it takes your body longer to process the coffee in your system, the caffeine gives you a longer, smoother lift. Butter coffee drinkers say their feeling of fullness is uncanny – no hunger creeping up on you until lunch time. Because of this, butter coffee drinkers say they desire to eat smaller meals later in the day. The habit of consuming two tablespoons of fat for breakfast apparently forces people to be more aware of the fats and oils they ingest throughout the rest of the day. Plus, coconut oil supports your body’s production of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) – the so-called good cholesterol.
So what does it taste like?
If you blend it instead of stirring (which you should), it’s like drinking a rich, frothy latte. But even butter coffee fanatics warn not to look down into the mug once you’ve sipped all of the froth off the top. Butter coffee is not meant to be tasted first with your eyes. If you do look, try not to be put off by all those tiny droplets of fat floating throughout your mug. They’re called micelles. Blending the coffee, butter and oil together at high speeds creates them, allowing your body to digest the rich beverage more easily.
Do I know anyone drinking it?
If you have to ask, then probably not. Butter coffee is the beverage world’s Burning Man and Crossfit wrapped up into one. If your friends or coworkers are drinking butter coffee before work, trust me, they’ll let you know.
How do I get started?
When you’re already walking this fine of a line in the name of better health, you want to make sure you’re only using the best ingredients. Kerrygold unsalted butter is the gold standard in the butter coffee community, both because of the grass-fed cows that produce it, and for its high butterfat content. As for the coffee itself, there’s an actual Bulletproof brand now. If you don’t want to shell out for specialty beans just to get your toes wet with this food trend, any premium, low-mycotoxin brand at your local coffee shop ought to do. If cardiovascular health is an issue for you, you’ll likely want to check with your doctor beforehand to get a baseline measurement of your cholesterol levels. After that, get blending. Cheers!
People are drinking butter in the morning to lose weight
The INSIDER Summary
- People are adding butter to their coffee in order to lose weight.
- It’s called the “Bulletproof Coffee.”
- The 450-calorie beverage is supposed to suppress hunger and improve weight loss.
- It’s part of the Bulletproof diet brand.
Health. It’s weird sometimes. Put butter on your waffles in the morning and you’re banned from the muscle club, but put it in your coffee? Welcome to the land of the lean. Lately our habit of following way too many #FitChicks on Instagram (in the hopes of one day looking like them through double-tap osmosis), has led us to believe that everyone else on the subway has been hiding something in their inconspicuous coffee mugs this whole time: butter.
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It’s called “Bulletproof Coffee,” and apparently it’s not really new. Back in 2014, noted hippie health queen Shailene Woodley declared her love for the greasy, caffeinated concoction on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon, saying “It will change your life!” We don’t know about you, but our black brews are life-changing enough. Still, we’re curious.
The concept comes from entrepreneur and “biohacker” Dave Asprey, a Silicon Valley nutrition nut and founder of the Bulletproof diet and lifestyle brand. According to Dave, you should wake up with butter in your cup, not Folgers. More specifically, low-mold coffee beans, two tablespoons of unsalted, grass-fed butter, and two tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, an easily digestible fat. He markets it on his website as “Brain Octane Oil,” but that sounds too silly to write about. In any case, he claims that the 450-calorie breakfast improves brain functionality, supports weight loss, suppresses hunger, and increases overall performance. His cult of followers seem to agree with him. Hey, he wouldn’t have a Los Angeles coffee chain if they didn’t.
If you’re not on the West Coast and want to try something that sounds Superman-approved, you can find the official recipe below. It just might be crazy enough to work.
- Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof Coffee Beans. (French Press is easiest.)
- Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane™ to the hot coffee (It’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days).
- Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee
- Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like a foamy latte
Also known as bulletproof coffee, the official recipe calls for unsalted grass-fed butter and two tablespoons of MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil.
Researchers from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and New York Obesity Research Center have found that MCT can help aid weight loss.
“Consumption of MCT oil as part of a weight-loss plan improves weight loss compared with olive oil and can thus be successfully included in a weight-loss diet. Small changes in the quality of fat intake can therefore be useful to enhance weight loss,” Dr Marie-Pierre St-Onge and Dr Aubrey Bosarge reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Moreover, grass-fed butter has high levels of omega-3s, which can help improve gut flora, cognitive function and energy levels.
Nutritionists are fans of the beverage, too.
According to New York nutritionist Amy Shapiro, RD, bulletproof coffee “can be a satisfying, energy-producing breakfast that provides many nutrients, satisfies hunger, and may cause your body to increase fat-burning, resulting in weight loss.”
But before you start adding lashes of butter to your morning brew, use caution.
According to Amy, bulletproof coffee “can add a lot of high-fat calories, if the rest of your day doesn’t consist of clean eating.”
In other words, if you’re already packing in high levels of sugar and carbs, your body may store the fat instead of converting it to energy.
Kourtney Kardashian Starts Her Day By Drinking Clarified Butter, Because, Health
Kontouring, ko-ords, korsets (AKA waist-training)…if something has recently blown up as a trend, you can bet the Kardashians were behind it. But even if you’re a die-hard Kardashi-clan fan, would you go as far as drinking butter for breakfast?
In a recent blog post, Kourtney Kardashian dished about a healthy morning ritual that most of us would not initially think of as healthy: drinking clarified butter, also known as ghee. She apparently drinks it out of a cup and uses it as a substitute for other cooking oils, claiming that it can do wonders for digestion and fat burn.
Ok, pause. Could drinking butter possibly be good for you?
We’re a big fan of healthy fats, but it’s a bit of a stretch. We’ve heard the hype about bulletproof coffee (unsalted, grass-fed butter blended into coffee with something called medium-chain triglyceride oil), so-called ” fat water,” and we know coconut oil is basically magic. However, there’s a line to draw with the healthy fat craze.
“The first thing I think of as dietitian is ‘No, please don’t drink butter!'” says Carissa Bealert, R.D., and co-owner of Evolution Fitness Orlando. “Butter, even clarified butter, is so calorie-dense and still high in saturated fat that it’s not the ideal way to start your day.”
It may help keep you feeling full for a while after you eat it because of the high level of fat, explains Bealert, but it’s not a quick fix for weight loss or the best breakfast choice. Bealert recommends a balanced meal of about 300-400 calories with at least 15 grams of protein.
Kourtney isn’t totally off with her recommendation, though. While ghee is not a great pre-coffee breakfast replacement, Bealert says there are some good digestive properties to ghee; it contains butyrate (a short-chain fatty acid), which can boost digestion and inflammation. Plus, it has minimal lactose (which is good if you’re lactose intolerant) and valuable fat-soluble vitamins (which you can also find in avocados). It also has a high level of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which has been linked to improved insulin resistance and improved fat burning-but only in animals, and is not statistically relevant in humans, says Bealert.
Keep in mind that one tablespoon of ghee has about 115 calories, 13 grams of fat, and also contains saturated fat, says Bealert. (And, BTW saturated fat isn’t the greatest for you.) If you really want to give it a try (and can stomach taking a shot of animal fat), it’s not going to kill you. But, in the words of Bealert, starting your day with that much fat could be “the A+ formula for weight gain.”
- By Lauren Mazzo @lauren_mazzo
Step aside, Gwyneth Paltrow! Kourtney Kardashian revealed a Goop-worthy habit of hers via her website on Tuesday, April 5. The single mom of three, who has been hitting the gym hard ever since her July split from ex-boyfriend Scott Disick, drinks ghee every morning.
Ghee is a type of clarified butter that has its origins in ancient India. As explained by Kardashian, it is believed to be healing to both mind and body.
Kardashian explains that ghee is “rich in oil-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) antioxidants,” and that it’s “categorized as a healthy fat, like coconut oil, meaning the fatty acids are absorbed directly into the liver and burnt as energy,” which helps burn other fats and could help promote weight loss.
“Ghee is the first thing I put in my body every morning,” the svelte 36-year-old shared. “I take one big teaspoon of ghee every morning and melt it on the stove in a pan and drink it out of a cute little ceramic white cup. After I take it, I don’t eat anything for 20 minutes, and then I drink a glass of water before eating food. In my kitchen, I only cook with ghee and coconut oil and try to incorporate it into my meals as much as possible. We make French toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, basically anything we can with ghee.”
Ghee Ivan Solis for Kourtney Kardashian
The mom of Mason, 6, Penelope, 3, and Reign, 15 months, will also “sneak half a teaspoon of melted ghee into my kids’ warm milk because I believe in it so much.”
Kardashian learned about ghee and its health benefits from her “Nana” on her late father Robert’s side.
“ actually taught my mom how to make ghee and she has been cooking with it since I was a little girl, so my sisters and I always used it, not even knowing what it was called or any of the benefits,” Kardashian added.
If you’re looking to incorporate ghee into your diet, Kardashian warns it’s best to not eat ghee with protein “because it’s hard to digest,” and to never store it “in a bronze vessel for more than 10 days because of a chemical reaction that will make the ghee go rancid.”
But before you start drinking clarified butter every morning, keep in mind that ghee’s fat calories come mostly from saturated fats, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises a limited intake.
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While you might think that celebrities — and certainly, the Kardashians — stick to uber clean foods like, you know, raw organic kale, Kourtney actually starts her days by swallowing a heaping teaspoon of butter *for her health,* according to a recent blog post on her website about the merits of ghee, a special kind of clarified butter, originating from India, made by simmering unsalted butter and allowing the liquid to evaporate.
She describes the resulting product as “a caramelized substance with a nutty flavor.” Unlike people who simply smear a pad of butter on their toast and call it a day, Kourtney melts her ghee and pours it into a “cute little ceramic white cup” to drink straight-up every morning. She also uses it in lieu of cooking oils and regular butter in foods like French toast, grilled cheese, quesadillas, and claims that ghee has ~magical powers~ like promoting digesting and burning fat to support weight loss.
To find out whether her facts are legit, Cosmopolitan.com asked NYC-based registered dietician Isabel Smith whether ghee lives up to its hype — and whether it’s really any better than butter.
Her take: Ghee is a source of butyrate, a fatty acid which may improve your ability to control blood sugar spikes, and in turn support weight loss. Besides those super powers, it’s also said to promote digestion, support gut health, ease inflammation, and boost your immune system, according to Smith. Ghee also contains conjugated linolenic acid, which has been shown to promote fat loss in some studies. So yeah, Kourtney may be on to something.
While ghee, like butter, still contains saturated fats (which have a neutral effect on your health), the process of boiling butter to make ghee helps rid the cream base of lactose, the milk protein that irritates so many people’s stomachs. Another plus: Ghee has a higher burning point than butter and many other oils — and because over-heating fats while cooking can break it down and release toxins, it’s generally safer to grease your pan with ghee than butter or even olive oil in recipes that call for high heat.
So Smith approves — but that doesn’t mean you should start drinking butter for weight loss or otherwise. Smith says the stuff packs 135 calories per tablespoon compared to butter’s 102; overdo it, and you could end up gaining as many pounds as you wanted to lose.
If you still want to jump on the ghee train after Kourtney’s glowing review, you can buy her favorite ghee brand here for $23 per 16-ounces, and add it to your smoothies, stir-fries, salad dressings, or any other dish that calls for butter or oil. Or? Go ahead and live your best Kardashian life with a ghee shooter. What doesn’t kill you… cheers!
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Elizabeth Narins Senior fitness and health editor Elizabeth Narins is a Brooklyn, NY-based writer and a former senior editor at Cosmopolitan.com, where she wrote about fitness, health, and more.