For decades now, butter has had a bad reputation, bearing the blame for high cholesterol, heart disease and obesity. Recent scientific studies have shown that this is totally untrue, and that butter is actually good for you. Read on to find out how:
- Butter contains a lot of fat-soluble vitamins. Grass-fed butter is particularly rich in vitamin K2, which is intimately involved in calcium metabolism. A low intake has been associated with many serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
- Butter is an excellent source of the 4-carbon fatty acid Butyrate, which prevents weight gain on an unhealthy diet by increasing energy expenditure and reducing food intake. It also improves the function of mitochondria, and lowers fasting triglycerides and insulin.
- Butter, especially grass-fed, is a great source of a fatty acid called Conjugated Linoleic Acid, which has powerful effects on metabolism, and has been shown to have anti-cancer properties as well as lowering body fat percentage in humans. Some studies even suggest that it may reduce a woman’s risk for colon and breast cancers.
- Oleic acid and Myristic acid have cancer-fighting properties. Both of these fatty acids make up a large percentage of the fats found in butter.
- Fats found in butter contain glycospingolipids, a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastro-intestinal infection, especially in the very young and the elderly.
Of course, it goes without saying that you should eat it in moderation. This doesn’t give you a free pass to indulge excessively.