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Cream in my coffee

Coffee with CreamI have found lately that putting cream or unsalted butter in my coffee or tea can really shut down my appetite, so much so that I have decided to reduce the butter I use with my morning egg.

Of course, I want to get the best fats in my diet.  Pasture-fed dairy has more omega-3 fat and less omega-6 fat.  The more the cow’s diet depends on pasture, the better the balance of these fats.  When pasture comprises a cow’s entire diet, the ratio can be 1:1.  Pasture-fed dairy is also a good source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA).  Milk from a pastured cow has up to five times more CLA than milk from a grain-fed cow.  CLA may be one of our most potent defenses against cancer.  CLA has also proven useful for weight loss.  Full-fat dairy products from pasture-raised sources have also proven useful for preventing heart disease.

I like Organic Valley pasture-raised heavy whipping cream.  When I go for butter, I use Humboldt Creamery unsalted organic pasture-based butter.  I don’t know how much of their feed is pasture, but they are both readily available at my local Sprouts Farmers Market for a reasonable price.  That makes them easy to buy.

I got the idea for putting butter in my coffee from Dave Asprey on his blog, The Bulletproof Executive.  He calls it Bulletproof Coffee.  He got the idea while traveling in Tibet.  There, he had a cup of yak butter tea.  I tried Bulletproof Coffee myself one Saturday morning for breakfast.  I didn’t need to eat anything else.  It pretty much shut down my appetite.  By the time we went out to lunch, I still really wasn’t all that hungry.  I got something light that day.  The downside of making coffee or tea this way is that it involves a blender.  That makes it a bit fussy.  Also, commenters on the blog say that butter can separate out of the coffee fairly quickly.

In an interesting aside, the Modernist Cuisine team found that coffee with cream cools about 20% more slowly than plain black coffee.

References:
Recipe: How to Make Your Coffee Bulletproof
Eat Wild – Super Natural Milk

Choosing dietary fats

Dietary fats are not all the same.  Some can be harmful while others are quite healthy. Some contribute to inflammation, some ease it.  Omega-3 in particular is noted for its anti-inflammatory properties.  I definitely would NOT recommend vegetable oil such as from soy or corn.  It contains too much omega-6 fat, which causes inflammation.  That type of fat will also suppress your immune system and contribute to cancer.  I don’t tend to eat much of those at all, unless I’m eating in a restaurant that prepares the food with vegetable oils.  I don’t use them at home.  Animal fat from pasture-raised meat and dairy, olive oil, and coconut oil don’t contain much omega-6, so they should all be fine.  In fact, these kinds of oils can help the immune system and protect against cancer.  The type of fats you choose will make a difference in weight as well.  Pig farmers tried using coconut oil to fatten their pigs.  It didn’t work.  The pigs stayed lean.  Then they switched to vegetable oil, and the pigs got fat.