Recently butter, the old forgotten favourite among us health conscious has been making a comeback. Whereas previously we were told to avoid butter at all costs because it’s fattening, causes high colestrol and heart disease, new research is now telling us that it’s time to butter ourselves up once again and I for one am thrilled. Here’s why.
I’ve summed up research by Authority Nutrition into seven simple points.
- Butter is Rich in Fat-Soluble Vitamins
There are a lot of fat soluble vitamins in butter. This includes vitamins A, E and K2. Grass-fed butter is particularly rich in Vitamin K2, which can have powerful health benefits.
- Butter Contains a Lot of Healthy Saturated Fats
Butter was never really proven to cause any harm. New studies show that there is no association between saturated fat and heart disease. Butter contains short- and medium chain fats.
- Butter Lowers Heart Attack Risk Compared to Margarine
Mainstream nutrition guidelines can backfire and have the opposite effect of what they were intended to do. A prime example is the recommendation to replace butter with margarine. Margarine raises heart attack risk, while natural butter does not. Grass-fed butter may even reduce heart attack risk due to the high Vitamin K2 content.
- Butter is a Good Source of The Fatty Acid Butyrate
Butter is an excellent source of the 4-carbon fatty acid butyrate, which can have various health benefits.
- Butter is Rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Grass-fed butter contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which has been shown to improve body composition in several studies.
- Butter is Associated With a Lower Risk of Obesity
Despite the higher calorie content, eating high-fat dairy products is NOT associated with obesity.
A new review paper published in 2012 examined the effects of high-fat dairy consumption on obesity, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic disorders. It discovered that high-fat dairy did NOT increase risk of metabolic disease and was associated with a significantly reduced risk of obesity.