Why Butter Ain’t All That Bad!

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It’s hard to think of a single kitchen item which has been demonized over the past century as much as butter. For some people, the very word “butter” is still synonymous with heart attacks and obesity. But the truth is that butter has been used for culinary purposes for thousands of years, and somehow, our ancestors survived. It was only in the twentieth century, when supposedly healthier alternatives like margarine were developed, that heart disease began to skyrocket.

This is a classic example of the cure being worse than the disease. Scientists and consumers alike wrongly believed that the saturated fat in natural butter clogged the arteries and led to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, as well as obesity. But in fact, the artificial trans fats found in margarine, vegetable oil, and other butter replacements are much worse for people’s health than any risks from butter. It has only been in the past few years the scientific community has accepted that the anti-fat crusade of the twentieth century was misguided.

The truth is that butter, in proper quantities, can actually be healthy for you, assuming you are using a high quality butter. In this article, you will learn some surprising health benefits of this much maligned dairy product.

The best butter you can buy is organic butter from grass-fed cows. Dairy cows which consume such a diet are eating what nature intended them to eat and are getting all the vitamins and nutrients that their bodies require from the grass. This results in a higher quality milk, which in turn is used to produce the best butter on the market. Opt for butter from grass-fed cows if it’s available. It will cost a bit more, but it’s worth it. There are many benefits to list in this respect. Keep reading about why butter is good for you!

 

1. Butter is a great source of beneficial vitamins

Butter, especially the kind mentioned above, is a plentiful source of vitamin A, which plays a role in supporting cardiovascular health, the adrenal and thyroid glands, and in maintaining healthy vision. Vitamin E is also found in butter, and helps protect from eye diseases like cataracts and neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, and helps maintain healthy skin.

Butter is also a good source of the elusive vitamin K2. This vitamin is difficult to get, and many people are deficient without realizing it. Vitamin K2 helps fight harmful inflammation and plays an important role in the absorption of calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients in your body which strengthen your teeth and bones.

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