In a world where we are constantly bombarded with new health and nutrition information daily, it can be difficult or impossible to know what information is good and what is bad.[adsense]
Added to that is the multitude of labeling tricks that the food industry likes to use to make us think their product is somehow better than the competitors’. Many of us have been fooled by those claims at one time or another.
Additionally, the experts say one thing is good for us this week then turn around and change their minds. As a result of all this misinformation, we spend our time trying to figure out exactly what we should be eating.
Running from store to store looking for the latest and best products for our health can be a royal pain and not a great way to spend our free time.
For years, we have been told that butter is the bad guy and should be avoided at all costs but the truth is that butter, especially grass-fed butter offers more health benefits than most food we consume.
Here are 8 reasons why you should consider grass-fed butter over other types of fat:
1. Butter is Not the Bad Guy
At this point your brain is wondering if you read that correctly, butter has long been seen as one of the bad guys when it comes to heart disease but recent studies have shown that the opposite is true.
In years past many experts believed that saturated fats are what led to heart disease but in recent years that has been proven as a myth.
In fact, studies have shown that butter actually prevents heart diseases and grass-fed butter offers even more benefits.
2. Because Butter simply Tastes Good!
Let’s be honest: Butter tastes good. The bonus is that it’s good for us too! Butter is a fat and we need some good quality fat in our diet every day, but another benefit is that it keeps you full longer after a meal.[adsense]
Who would have dreamed that eating butter could help you with your weight? Good digestion and gut health are tied to the ingestion of good quality fats allowing for the absorption of vitamins and antioxidants.
It also lubricates the gut reducing the risk of constipation. We also need fat for good cell integrity which is tied to overall body health.
3. Environmentally Sound
If the environment is important to you, then grass-fed butter should be on your list. Because it’s not mass produced you are supporting small farms around the country.
Grass-fed butter is usually organic reducing the use of pesticides and growth hormones, which have been proven to be bad for your health.
4. Healthier Fatty Acid Ratios
We all know that omega fatty acids can be good or bad depending on their concentration in the body. Regular butter carries a high load of omega-6 fatty acids but no omega-3.
The ratio between these fatty acids will be the difference between increasing inflammation leading to heart disease or reducing inflammation preventing heart disease.
Grass-fed butter contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which can only be found in very few other places. This particular type of fat is present in grass-fed butter because it is found in the grass the cows are eating.
5. Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Conjugated Linoleic Acid is another omega fatty acid that can be found only in dairy products and beef. Our body can’t produce it on its own so we must get it from the food we eat.
Grass-fed dairy contains significantly more CLA than the regular dairy. CLA has many benefits for the body, most importantly weight loss. It can also work as a cancer fighter, boosting your immune system.
6. Supplies Butyric Acid
To keep our guts healthy, we need Butyric Acid which is the power source of our intestinal cells. It is produced by gut bacteria when we ingest fibrous vegetables but grass-fed butter is also an excellent source.
Not only does Butyric Acid give our gut cells power but it can help reduce inflammation helping with conditions like Irritable Bowl Disease, colitis, and Chron’s disease.
Finally, it can prohibit cancer cell growth, preventing cancer. For excellent overall gut health, especially if you have a digestive issue, grass-fed butter is the best thing as it contains the one of the highest levels out of many types of fat.
7. Vitamin K2, the Lost Vitamin
Most of us are aware of the need for Vitamin K1 to aid in blood clotting but very little is ever said about Vitamin K2. While Vitamin K1 is found in leafy green vegetables, Vitamin K2 can only be found in animal foods like dairy products and eggs.
Vitamin K2 is essential to keeping our bones from leaking calcium into the blood stream where it lodges in our arteries causing a buildup, which can often lead to heart disease.
8. Fat Soluble Vitamins
We all know that vitamins and minerals are extremely important to our health and eating our fruits and vegetables will provide most of them. Some vitamins, the fat soluble ones, need to come from an animal source.
Gras-fed butter is an excellent source of fat soluble vitamins like the active form of vitamin A as well as the antioxidant vitamin E.
So now you know the truth about butter. It’s not that evil heart disease causing villain that it was made out to be. Instead, it’s a yummy, good for you addition to your kitchen.
If you want to get the most out the benefits of butter, step it up one more notch and get grass-fed butter. Cows were meant to eat grass and the butter they produce is far superior to anything else you can buy.
So the next time you’re standing in the dairy aisle, reach for grass-fed butter!