In the past, Butter has gotten the bad rap for being labeled unhealthy. Since everyone thought it was unhealthy, they instead replaced butter, with margarine. Margarine contains highly processed trans fats, which, if you read my article on “What Constitutes a Toxin”, are considered toxic and can cause all sorts of diseases and cause your liver to work in overtime. In several studies margarine has even been shown to significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, while butter has no effect.
- Rich in fat soluble vitamins. This includes vitamins A, E and K2
- High in healthy saturated fats. In the past saturated fats were considered bad but now scientists are changing their mind and now saying that saturated fats in moderation can raise HDL (the good) cholesterol in our bodies.
- a good source of the fatty acid, butyrate. Butyrate is shown to help prevent weight gain, is anti-inflammatory and has powerful protective effects on the digestive system.
- a great source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid. (Especially grass fed) This fatty acid has powerful effects on metabolism, and has been shown to have anti-cancer properties as well as lowering body fat percentage.
So in reality butter in small amounts is a good for your health. It is not as healthy as extra virgin olive oil, which is the world’s healthiest fat. But it is for sure better for you then margarine.
Since Olive oil is the worlds healthiest fat and butter tastes soooo good, I make my own form of a healthier butter that I use in small amounts. If you are interested, click here for the recipe.