Five Health Benefits of Butter

For decades when the war of fat was waged in nutrition circles, butter was considered unhealthy. However, with more people turning away from processed commercial products such as margarine, and looking for natural fats, butter is once again being hailed as a health food. It’s true! Butter is not only deliciously tasty: It is also incredibly good for you. Here are five of the top health benefits of butter.

 

Butter can help reduce risk of obesity

This may go against everything you’ve been told before, but studies have shown that there is no link between consuming full fat dairy products and obesity – despite the higher calorie intake. The same studies showed that there was also no increased risk of cardiovascular disease by consuming products such as butter. Butter is a source of easily accessible energy that isn’t stored as adipose tissue. Butter contains a compound known as Activator X which helps your body absorb essential minerals. When your body is receiving the correct minerals it reduces food cravings.

 

Butter contains essential vitamins

Butter contains important minerals such as selenium, iodine, lauric acid and lecithin. It is also rich in vitamins A & E as well as vitamin D which aids in the absorption of calcium. One vitamin that is found almost uniquely in butter is K2. This is a fat soluble vitamin and butter is one of the best sources of K2. In particular vitamin K2 has been linked to reducing risk of prostate cancer, coronary heart disease, and bone fractures. Consumption of high fat dairy, such as butter, by women is also reported to increase fertility.

 

 

Butter benefits of Linoleic Acid

Conjugated Linoleic acid is a compound found in butter that impacts metabolism, is reputedly an immune booster and muscle builder. The more interesting impact of linoleic acid is its cancer fighting properties particularly relating to breast cancer. Butter also contains anti-oxidants that protect from free radical damage to cells.

 

Butyrate and Butter

Butyrate is a four-carbon fatty acid that is believed to derive its name from butter. This fatty acid is created by bacteria within the colon during the process of digesting fibre. This is one of the reasons that fibre is considered beneficial for health. However, butyrate is freely available in butter. This fatty acid is linked to having anti-inflammatory properties in the body and positively impacts digestive health.

 

Butter contains healthy saturated fats

While many people believed that all saturated fats were bad, studies have shown that some saturated fats are not only essential but also very beneficial for health. Saturated fat helps to increase HDL which is the good cholesterol. This type of cholesterol is essential to healthy development of the brain and nervous system, particularly in children.

 

Cherelle Leong - Natureland

 

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