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."