I love butter. Of all the fats out there, butter is my favorite. And, grass-fed butter is full of nutrition, so I don’t feel guilty in the least slathering it on sourdough bread or topping my vegetables with a nice big (ok, BIG) spoonful. I even make my own cultured European style butter from time to time.
- Butter helps fat-soluble vitamins be absorbed by the body.
- Butter is a rich source of lauric acid (also found in breast milk and coconut oil).
- Butter is a great source of Vitamins A, D, E, K, and K2.
- Butter contains Vitamin A, which is an antioxidant and is the most easily assimilable form of Vitamin A available. Vitamin A is crucial for the health of our thyroid, adrenals, and other organs, as well as absorption of calcium and proper development of children.
- Butter contains Vitamin D, which is vital for immune system strength and proper absorption of calcium.
- Butter contains Vitamin E, which is another antioxidant and helps protect our cardiovascular system.
- Butter contains Vitamin K helps with blood clotting.
- Butter contains the elusive Activator X, aka.Vitamin K2, which helps with bone strength and keeps calcium from depositing in places it shouldn’t (like our cardiovascular system), as well as the proper growth and development of children.
- Butter is a great source of healthy dietary cholesterol (and no, cholesterol is not the devil).
- Butter contains glycospingolipids, which is a special type of fatty acid that helps fight gastro-intestinal infection, especially in children and elderly.
- Butter is rich in short and medium chain fatty acids, which have been shown to ward against cancer and strengthen the immune system.
- Butter (grass-fed) is the best source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been shown to aid in weight loss and weight management, as well as fight against carcinogens.
- Butter helps keep the joints lubricated and mobile.
- Butter is a great source of selenium (if the cows feed on selenium-rich soil).
- Butter contains lecithin, which helps with the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fats.
- Butter contains calcium, potassium, and iodine (in trace amounts).
- Butter provides a balanced source of Omega 3′s and 6′s.
And, I’m pretty sure there are even more health benefits than what are on that list.
For more interesting info on butter, check out the lyrics to a song called “50 Facts About Butter” that I found.
The two brands of grass-fed butter that I use are KerryGold and Tropical Traditions’ pastured butter. You can also check your local farmers markets, or check the Eat Wild site to see if there is a raw milk dairy near you. If you can get raw, grass-fed butter, that’s going to be the best of the best, however, that’s not an option for most of us.
If you do have access to grass-fed cream, make your own butter at home using this recipe for European Style Cultured Butter. It tastes AMAZING!
For further reading, check out The Saturated Fat Myth: Eat More Butter (and Coconut Oil)!
So, tell me. Just how much do you love butter?
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