4 reasons why we’d better eat butter!
Go ahead, slather it on. Medical student and nutrition nerd, Kris Gunners, says one of our favourite fats is actually pretty good for us too. Butter has been blamed for everything from obesity to heart disease. But recently, it has been making a comeback as a health food.
Here’s why -
- Grass-fed butter is packed with rare vitamins.
There are a lot of fat-soluble vitamins in butter. These include vitamins A, E and K2. I’m not going to make a big deal out of A and E. If you have a healthy diet that includes animals and plants then you are probably getting enough of those already. But Vitamin K2 is fairly rare in the modern diet and many people don’t know about it. It can have powerful effects on health. It is intimately involved in calcium metabolism and a low intake has been associated with many serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. Dairy from grass-fed cows is particularly rich in Vitamin K2.
- We need more healthy saturated fats.
The war against saturated fat was based on bad science. It was never really proven that it caused any harm. In fact, recent studies suggest that there is no association at all between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease. Also, butter contains a decent amount of short- and medium-chain fats, which are metabolised differently from other fats. They lead to improved satiety and increased fat burning.
- Butter is better than margarine for heart risk
Mainstream nutrition guidelines tend to backfire and have the opposite effect of what they were intended to do. A prime example of that is the recommendation to replace butter with margarine, which is something our beloved authorities have been telling us to do for a long time. So we replaced butter, a healthy food, with something containing highly processed trans fats, which are downright toxic and causes all sorts of diseases. In one heart study, they examined the effects of butter and margarine on cardiovascular disease and margarine significantly increased the risk of cardiovascular disease, while butter had no effect.
- Butter is less likely to make you obese than low-fat products
The nutrition authorities often recommend that we choose low-fat dairy products. That way, we can get the calcium we need without all those “bad” fats and calories. But despite the higher calorie content, eating high-fat dairy products is NOT associated with obesity. Research that examined the effects of high-fat dairy consumption on obesity, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic disorders found that high-fat dairy did not increase risk of metabolic disease and was associated with a significantly reduced risk of obesity.
Credit: IQuitSugar Blog