It’s about time that science has discovered butter isn’t as bad for you as it was originally thought. In fact, there are many health benefits to consuming butter…. yes, actual science-backed health benefits. Here they are!
1. Butter is contains fat-soluble vitamins
You might know know this, but there are a good amount of fat-soluble vitamins in butter, specifically, vitamins A, E and K2.
And although there are plenty of other foods that provide vitamins A and E, vitamin K2 is fairly rare in the modern diet.
Vitamin K2 helps with calcium metabolism and diets lacking in K2 may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
2. Butter contains “healthy” saturated fats
The case against saturated fat appears to be based on bad science. Recent studies suggest that there is no correlation between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease. Saturated fats are known to raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol and new data identifies subtypes of LDL: Small, Dense LDL (“very bad”) and Large LDL (“not bad”). Butter contains the Large LDL or “fluffy” LDL. The main culprit of “bad” LDL is processed foods!
3. Butter contains the Fatty Acid: Butyrate
The fatty acid known as “butyrate” is one that’s also created by bacteria in the colon when exposed to dietary fiber, which may be the reason fiber has some many health benefits. There is a lot of science terminology here, but essentially, butyrate is anti-inflammatory and is known to have powerful protective effects on the digestive system.
4. Butter is rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid… huh?
This fatty acid that you’ve probably never heard of, has powerful effects on metabolism and is actually sold as a weight loss supplement and bodybuilding aid for it’s ability to lower body fat percentage.
There hasn’t been a lot of research done on Conjugated Linoleum Acid (CLA) yet, so the you can take this one with a grain of salt.
5. Butter is delicious!
Come on… who doesn’t like the taste of butter? Whether it’s spread across a warm roll or used in a sauce, it’s delicious! However, as with most food, everything should be consumed in moderation and as part of a complete wholesome diet, but the good news is… butter is back!