Kourtney Kardashian Butter for Breakfast Review, 'Bulletproof Coffee'
Kourtney Kardashian Drinks Butter. Should You?
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 , 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 ; 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 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.
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