Like so many NATURAL foods (hello red meat and egg yolks) butter has had a bad wrap.
And despite several recent studies highlighting the fallacy of saturated fat and its impact on heart disease I know it is hard to take a leap of faith and swap your ‘heath spread’ for the real tasty deal.
If you are in fact worried – perhaps take heed of the recent meta-analysis conducted at Harvard, where all the research regarding saturated fat and heart disease (21 different case studies) were compiled and examined. The resounding conclusion being that..
“….there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk (of heart disease).”
But I digress…
As I have discussed before, butter (like all fats) is vital for your body to take in several key nutrients found in vegetables. Think vitamins A,D,E and K – all of which are readily available in veggies so long as you add a fat.
BUT if you are still worried about adding butter BACK IN to your diet (nom nom) here are
my top 6 reasons pasture fed, organic butter is the original super food.
1. It has buckets of Vitamin A.
And it’s readily absorbed by your body in the form you get from butter. While carrots and sweet potato do have vitamin A, you need fat to absorb it. So why not eat butter instead? Or bake your sweet potato in coconut oil? On a superficial level, Vitamin A is necessary for ‘younger looking skin’, needles to say, you know where I’m spreading.
2. It has a minimal amount of polyunsaturated fat. (Omega 6)
And if you have or still do consume a relative amount of pre-packaged food (even supposedly healthy stuff) chances are you are getting a good flood of the stuff already. Ease up buddy! PUFA’s aren’t that stable and easily become oxidized in our bodies. This generates free radicals, (oxidative stress) which predisposes us to a host of wonderful modern diseases like cancer and heart disease. Given that the optimal ratio of Omega 3 to 6 is 1:1 and most Australians are hanging out at around 1:10, it is vital to start being a little more selective in your fat intake.
With butter sitting at around 65-70% saturated fat – it is not going to tax your body like other less stable Omega 6’s are.
As a quick aside- Omega 6’s aren’t bad…it’s just too easy to O.D. on them in this day and age. Also, given how much oxidative stress we are exposed to on a daily basis, I say the less stress we can ingest the better.
3. It has your K2 covered
And if you had no idea that K2 existed, and was ‘like tots amaze balls’ (officially in the dictionary now apparently) please get yourself acquainted. Vitamin K2 is integral for bone health, heart health and has a starring role in dental health (and if anyone knows my obsession with pearly whites you know I am rather hooked)
The much-touted dentist Weston A. Price even claimed that modern day physical degeneration was in part caused by a lack of the stuff. He noted that in the primitive societies he studied, most of its inhabitants had broad faces and dental arches – which enabled them to carry invariably straight teeth with enough room for their wisdom teeth. This is in distinct contrast to the narrow dental arches, crowded teeth and narrow faces prevalent today, that prevent full development of our pearly whites – resulting in braces, extractions and the need for orthodontics in the first place…
Oh butter where art thou?
4. Butyric Acid is bountiful!
Butyric acid is a fatty acid that holds a vital role in your metabolism. So vital that a few supplement guys keen on making a penny or two have been selling it as a fat burning supplement. The evidence is there, so I can’t fault them. One study in particular demonstrated butyric acid reversed metabolic syndrome side affects (aka obesity or insulin resistance) and made the mice leaner and less likely to over eat. But instead of buying a little pill filled with ‘fatty acids’ why not eat butter?
5. HAS CLA in SPADES!
Also a fat burning supplement on the market ( I am seeing a slimming trend here) CLA has been shown to
– increase metabolism
– increase lean muscle mass
– lower insulin resistance
– reduce food allergies
It is little wonder that many health scientists attribute a deficiency in CLA to the host of metabolic diseases and food allergies we see present today.
To manufacture the best and MOST CLA, cows must be fed grass (i.e. allowed to roam freely) rather than fattened in feedlots. Several studies have shown that meat from pasture raised cows have as much as four times the amount of CLA as their unhappy cow cousin.
So if you are keen on adding quality butter into your diet- try and invest in one that lives up to its name and is truly pastured. Like this one. You will know when the butter is REAL as it is a vibrant YELLOW unlike its cheap, white counterpart. Conventional butter will never have the same nutrients as grass fed cows, simply because the diet of the unhappy cow can’t supply proper nutrition for the cow and you in turn.
And, at the end of the day, I want to buy from a place that cultivates a happy cow.