Real butter is good for you, truly it is! Butter is far superior to margarine, vegetables spreads and oils. Some of you may have believed that butter has always been the enemy, but as it turns out we have been incredibly misled. It’s actually one of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet and you may be interested in knowing that the list of butter’s benefits is quite impressive.
8 health benefits of butter
1. A great source of minerals
Did you know that butter contains a great source of trace minerals including: zinc, iodine, copper, chromium, manganese and selenium which is a powerful antioxidant.
2. A great source of vitamins
Butter contains fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K2. Butter is a rich source of bioavailable vitamin A which supports healthy vision, neurological function, promotes healthy skin, keeps our endocrine system functioning well, and supports a healthy thyroid and adrenal.
Vitamin E helps to prevent free-radical damage, is required for the proper functioning of many organs in the body and improves skin health. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium. Vitamin K2 is essential for the body to help utilise minerals, including calcium, protecting against tooth decay. All the vitamins found in butter help to support a healthy metabolism and balance hormones.
3. A great source of choline
Choline is an essential micronutrient needed for many of the body’s functions, including; liver function, brain development, nerve function, muscle movement, supporting energy levels, the metabolism, detoxification and the process of methylation.
4. A great source of butyric acid
Butyric acid is an anti-carcinogenic short chain fatty acid. This boosts healing and contains soothing properties on the intestinal tract.
5. Richest source of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)
Grass-fed butter contains high levels of CLA which helps to inhibit different types of cancer and promotes the body to store muscle instead of fat.
6. A great source of healthy fatty acids
Butter contains both short and medium-chain fatty acids which support the immune system, protect the stomach from gastrointestinal infections and boosts metabolism. Grass-fed butter also contains essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6.
Some of you may be trying to watch your weight and be very hesitant to begin adding butter back into your diet. You don’t have to be concerned because the fatty acids found in butter are not stored as fat in the body. Instead they promote muscle storage and are used by vital organs in your body.
7. Contains anti-microbial properties
These help to fight against pathogenic microorganisms living inside the digestive tract.
8. A great source of cholesterol
The role of cholesterol in our body is tragically misunderstood. However, the diet-heart hypothesis has been proven false over and over again; you can read more about the Cholesterol Myth by Cyndi HERE.
Butter provides our bodies with cholesterol that is essential for healthy cellular function. It also plays a huge role in the brain and nervous system development, acting as a healing agent in the body, especially when stress and inflammation are present. As you can see butter is truly a superfood!
So how much should you eat each day?
Well, like salt (quality Himalayan salt only), your own body will tell you how much to eat. If you crave it, eat it as this is a sign your body needs it. If the quality is excellent (grass-fed, organic), you can feel confident it will be good for you and you’ll soon see the health benefits yourself.
So start introducing quality organic butter back into your day to day diet and watch the benefits.
Happy changing habits.
Changing Habits Nutritionist
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- Why Butter is Better http://www.westonaprice.org/foodfeatures/butter.html
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