Put What In My Coffee??

For a long time I kept hearing people tell me they put fat in their coffee, because it was “really good for you.” When I asked them why, very few could actually give me a good answer. This lead me to think they are just following the newest trend.

Feeling resistant to a trendy society, I didn't even want to be open to understand this concept. All my life I was told that fat is not good for you, it causes cholesterol to rise, makes you gain weight, and it plays a roll in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer. So, why would I put fat in my beloved morning coffee? It is perfect as is, with just a splash of almond milk.

The more I continued to hear about this trend, the more I started questioning all I heard about fats, just because the people who were talking about this, simply looked fabulous, and their energy felt just right. Maybe there was something to it!

So I started my own research, reading all sorts of articles about fats. That's when I started to realize that all those things I heard abut fats were true and also that the “good fats” can be amazing for you. They serve the body as a source of energy, or fuel. A few examples of these good fats are the polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils such as corn and sunflower oil, and fatty fish. This category encompasses omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are known as essential fatty acids because our bodies don’t make them—we have to get them from food.

So far so good, very interesting, but what does this have to do with my morning coffee?

Can I just eat an avocado, or have a hand full of seeds for breakfast? Well, this is when the conversation returns back to coffee. It turns out that even though it has a bad reputation, coffee actually has a lot of nutrients, and also can help prevent heart and liver disease. Studies even showed that it can be cancer preventive. As much as I want to believe this, when I drink coffee I often feel like I feel really high and energetic for a little bit, and then I crash. I don’t necessarily feel nourished in that way. That is when the fat in the coffee turns handy..

Coffee also contains antioxidants called polyphenol, which are extremely beneficial, but our body doesn’t always take in all these goodies in the right way. When we drink black coffee, it gets quickly processed in the body, not only failing to deliver all the goods, but also can provoke adrenal glands to over produce. This eventually leaves them too dependent on the coffee to function properly, causing fatigue or even depression.