‘Good Fats’ and Their Health Benefits
Butter is delicious; it’s used in tons of baked and cooked goods, but it has also developed a bad reputation with nutritionists. Yes, butter is a saturated fat, but it contains a myriad of properties which are great for our health. According to certain research, it’s the overconsumption of carbohydrates, sugar, and sweeteners that are chiefly responsible for the epidemics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. This is due to people cutting fat out of their diets (thinking that’s what they should be doing) and replacing it with excess carbohydrates and sugars that their bodies crave.
Butter contains a substance called Butyric Acid, which is a component of milk fat from animals. Butyrate, a form of Butyric acid, is linked to reducing the symptoms of inflammation in the digestive system and is used as a treatment for Crohn’s disease.
Butter is also super rich in conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) which have been found to support weight loss.
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Vitamins Found in Butter
Vitamin A:– the most abundant vitamin found in butter. Healthy levels of vitamin A can help reduce the chances of measles, cancers and Age-related macular degeneration(9).
Vitamin D:– helps absorb calcium in the body for strong bone maintenance (10).
Vitamin E: -Helps prevent cancer and coronary heart disease as well as eye problems and cognitive decline (11).
Vitamin B12:– ‘is required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis’(12)
Vitamin K2:– can help with osteoporosis and coronary heart disease (13).
Which Butter Is Best?
Grass- Fed Cow Butter
The type of feed dairy cows has had a huge effect on the butter that is produced. Grass fed butter comes from cows that have fed on, you guessed it; grass! It is ‘higher in many nutrients than butter from cows that are fed processed, grain-based feeds or conserved grass’(15). Some fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants are also higher in grass-fed butter. This means your body will be supplied with many significant health benefits just from using grass fed butter rather than standard processed fed cow butter.
Omega-3 Enriched Butter
This omega-3 enhanced butter binds to cells which help regulate genetic functions. Providing proof that ‘omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions’(16).
CLA Enriched Butter
Many studies have shown the benefits CLA enhanced butter has on animals (17, 18, 19). And a few studies conducted on humans have demonstrated that ‘CLA has been shown to exert various potent physiological functions such as anticarcinogenic, antiobesity, antidiabetic and antihypertensive properties’ (20). However, there are yet to be many specific studies that look at the human benefits of CLA-enriched butter on people’s health. But it is undeniably clear that CLA has a myriad of health benefits we sure could use!
Source: Healthy Holistic Living