Culinary no-no #591


Some mornings I hear my wife, Jennifer, get up to start the day. She wakes up earlier than I do.

On those mornings I swear the coffee maker is working 30 seconds later.

A long time ago I blogged about an early assignment I had working at WUWM. I was sent to an A & P grocery store on the east side of Milwaukee to get reaction from shoppers to the announced closing of all of the franchise stores.

Most I spoke with were stunned, especially one octogenarian woman who sadly told me in words I remember to this day:

“I’ve got to have my Eight O’ Clock Coffee in the morning. I need my coffee.”

My wife (who also blogs) is that elderly woman.

Jennifer likes flavored coffees. Vanilla. Hazelnut. Irish cream. Pumpkin spice.

Me? I’m a tea drinker, but I do make morning stops at McDonald’s or Hardee’s for a cup of java. Two creamers. No fancy $5 Starbucks lattes for me. Just some cheap stuff with half and half. Don’t want my coffee jazzed up.

So I’m definitely not one for the latest coffee trend. According to the Wall Street Journal:

The latest coffee craze involves adding gobs of butter and oil to your coffee. Popping up in coffee shops, grocery stores and diet books, the drinks are riding the popularity of the high-fat, low-carb “keto” diet fad, which encourages people to embrace fat in order to lose it.

Picnik brand butter coffee comes in four different varieties, including Extra Bold and Vanilla Latte, with up to 18 grams of fat.

Picnik brand butter coffee comes in four different varieties, including Extra Bold and Vanilla Latte,with 170 to 310 calories and 13 to 18 grams of fat. Photo: PICKNIK

The newspaper talked with Leeann Funk, a 28-year-old freelance wedding photographer in Austin, Texas.

“At first I thought, ‘That’s so gross. ‘ “Then I tried it and I was like, ‘Damn. This is really good.’” About three times a week, she buys a 16-ounce cappuccino with butter, oil, maple syrup and sometimes a scoop of collagen powder from a local restaurant for around $6 to $7. She thinks it helped her lose 7 pounds in the last year, along with a healthier eating regimen and exercise.

There’s been great interest and increased sales in butter coffee, fueled by the keto diet, the newest anti-carb approach to weight loss. And while more people are catching on to butter and oil in their coffee instead of sugar the Wall Street Journal does offer some other food for thought.

Critics caution against loading up on fats too fast. While there are health benefits to consuming mono- and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts and olive oil, the American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats, typically found in butter and other animal-based foods. “Decades of sound science has proven it can raise your ‘bad’ cholesterol and put you at higher risk for heart disease,” the association says.

Some experts say that while the keto diet can produce short term results, it’s not feasible for the long run. Since people normally get about 60% of their calories from carbohydrates, it is unrealistic to restrict carbs so severely for the long term, says Monica Reinagel, a licensed nutritionist in Baltimore who has written about the keto diet on her blog. “Losing and regaining the weight may be more damaging to your health than never losing it at all,” she says.

I’ll stick to my half and half.


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