Given the buzz surrounding what appeared to be Kourtney Kardashian guzzling a small amount of butter early in the morning on a recent episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, we wanted to know more. Since we couldn’t let this one go, we did a little digging of our own to find out why.
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A tweet from the Kardashian in question clarified that it was ghee, not butter, that she was drinking. However, ghee is actually a type of clarified butter that’s common in Indian cuisine. So in a way, she was still drinking butter—but why?
“Many women incorporate a tablespoon or two of ghee into their diet during pregnancy because it is said to help with your baby’s brain development,” says New York nutritionist, Tanya Zuckerbrot. A reasonable explanation since Kourtney just had her second baby, but she’s not pregnant anymore, so what gives?
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“Even though ghee is a saturated fat and high in fat and calories, in moderation it does seem to have some health benefits, which is why Kourtney would probably be drinking it,” says Zuckerbrot. Ghee actually helps your body absorb more of the vitamins and minerals that you consume. It also helps lubricate stiff joints, gives your skin a glow, and helps with digestion.
In a recent interview Kourtney explains that she drinks ghee mainly for beauty reasons. “I drink a teaspoon of liquid ghee first thing every morning and then wait 20 minutes before eating or drinking anything. The oil has been great for my hair and skin. I don’t think it’s for everyone though.”
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Zuckerbrot agrees that it does have cosmetic properties that benefit hair and nails. But while it all sounds good, Zuckerbrot doesn’t recommend it. “Again, moderation is key and drinking butter of any sort is going to pack on calories and in turn end up causing weight gain and increase the risk of things like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.”
There you go! The great Kardashian butter-drinking mystery is solved. While we can see why she’s doing it, we’re probably going to sit this one out. Would you try it?