Should athletes be on high-fat diets and drink butter coffee?
Some fat is required to maintain a healthy body, but consume healthy fats in moderation. You’ve heard the expression: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Too much of a good thing, can be a very bad thing. For example, you wouldn’t eat 50 apples a day; that’s excessive. You wouldn’t eat a pound of nuts a day since that would be too many calories, in addition to a excessive fat. Even too much water is toxic.
So, I was appalled when I read an article that athletes are drinking butter coffee and are on diets with 50% of their calories coming from fat. The Lakers, an American basketball team’s, “pregame beverage of choice is something the players call “bullet-proof coffee” — coffee seasoned with two teaspoons of pasteurized butter and heavy, grass-fed cream.” The addition of butter and cream makes acidic coffee even more unhealthy by adding saturated dairy fat.
Some people are touting a high-fat, no-sugar diet as a blessing since people feel better and lose weight, but if you think about it, it makes sense. If you are eliminating a lot of junk food, flour, soda and sugar, you’re going to lose weight and feel better.
I don’t advocate a high-fat diet, especially if the fat is from animal fat, which traps toxins and is a natural trans-fat. Our former president, Bill Clinton’s doctor took himself off red meat permanently to protect his heart.
Yes, cavemen ate Paleo diets with lots of meat and animal fat; they also lived to the average age of 40. I’ve tried high-fat diets among others and have found that what makes me most energetic and has resulted in the most fat loss, is a low-fat diet (10%-15%), combined with lean protein from beans and legumes, and a ton of vegetables and greens. I can’t stop you from drinking coffee with butter. If you see me at Starbucks, I’ll be drinking green tea.
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Source: CBS Sports Nutrition in the NBA; Part I: Lessons learned in L.A. help Howard’s career , by Ken Berger. Link: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/24370416
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Photo: I went to two different Starbucks and neither of them serve butter coffee and both employees said they’ve never heard of it.