Nutrition Facts for Butter
Butter gets a bad rep. Is it really the heart-clogging killer it’s made out to be?
Butter is high in butyric acid, which is a healthy short-chain fatty acid. Butyric acid has been linked to benefits in metabolism, digestive health, and protection from cancer. See, part of the problem with broad labels is that we overgeneralize. There are many different kinds of fats out there! Not just saturated, unsaturated, and trans, but short-chain, medium-chain (coconut oil is a great healthy source of medium-chain triglycerides), and long-chain. And even that’s a generalization. So do some research and don’t just listen to what the media tells you to eat.
Butter is natural
Butter is a natural food that we have eaten for generations. Only recently have we vilified it as an artery-clogging killer. Butter is free of all the man-made stuff that does God knows what to your body. Make sure you buy organic butter to keep your body free of pesticides and growth hormones.
The lipid hypothesis
Let’s look at some data. In 1900, we ate eighteen pounds of butter a year, and heart disease was extremely rare. Fast-forward to 1960. Our butter consumption fell to just four pounds per year, yet heart disease was the number-one killer. What gives?
Ancel Keys published a controversial piece of research linking saturated fat to cardiovascular disease. Though his methods were flawed, lobbyists convinced governmental agencies to adopt a “low-fat diet” recommendation. Though countless studies have been financed since then in the quest to prove that butter causes heart disease, none has conclusively demonstrated this link.
And what’s happened since 1960? Saturated fat intake continues to decrease, while heart disease and obesity remain high. Is butter the culprit? Make your own decision.
Other butter benefits
Butter contains an easily absorbable form of vitamin A, which is much more easily absorbed by your body than carrots. It has vitamins E, D, and K, and selenium. It also contains lauric acid, which combats candida and other fungus. It’s also high in CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid. CLA is sold in supplement form, but you can get it in its healthy, natural state by just eating some butter.
I just want to add that I’m not a doctor, so don’t take any of this as medical advice. If you have certain types of heart conditions, you might need to keep your cholesterol level down, or something. I don’t know about any of that stuff. This is just my opinion, so listen to your doctor.