Butter coffee, or as many know it “bulletproof” coffee, is all the rage right now, and for good reason(s). It adds high quality fat (via grass-fed butter or coconut oil), yes, but it also often brewed with organic beans, which are purported to increase health benefits—and to reduce that post-cup crash that leaves you reaching for another. For a long time, we’ve been told this crash happens because of the lull after a boost of caffeine, but it may actually be because of the mold present on non-organic coffee beans (!).
Now, whenever I hear a new theory like this emerge, I take it upon myself to research and find out the truth. My verdict? Well. I discovered not one, but four (!) compelling reasons to make the switch to organic coffee.
- Mold. Mycotoxins are a form of fungus found in coffee beans that can cause poisoning, but only when too much is ingested. They are also present in grains, spices, fruit and beer, so, sure, a little here and there will not harm you, but the point is why not lighten the toxic load on your body by choosing organic?
- Sustainability & sourcing. Organic farms are more environmentally friendly: They rely on chemical-free farming methods, and they use fewer non-renewable resources, such as petroleum. This creates a positive ripple effect—no chemicals leaking into the soil, water, and air of nearby communities, for one.
- Energy. When synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used in farming and, in turn, injected by us, the entire body is affected, causing imbalance with our hormones and nervous system, digestive problems, weakened immune system and ability to absorb nutrients. By making the switch to organic coffee, you do not inhibit the functionality of your body, and you therefore create a more vital and vibrant flow of energy and lifeforce.
- Effectiveness. The antioxidants present in organic coffee are a natural defense against free radicals. (Free radicals are your body’s natural response to inflammation, stress, and environmental toxins.) Antioxidants are, of course, present in many fruits and vegetables such as goji berries and blueberries, but most Americans consume way more coffee than they do antioxidant-rich foods. The “Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism” also promotes coffee as being able to lower blood sugar levels and, in turn, help prevent and treat diabetes. Better coffee beans = less toxic load = more access to health benefits.
Of course, organic coffee or not, if you add sugar, processed creamers, and flavorings, your coffee is nothing but a morning sugar drink. For optimal health benefits, drink your organic coffee black or with a bit of raw honey and homemade almond or cashew milk.
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