It’s delicious but butter is often associated with fat, which leaves many to wonder is it actually BAD for weight loss?
Despite its fatty reputation, there are some awesome health benefits to consuming butter. In this blog we reveal both the PROS and CONS of butter for health and weight loss.
The pros of butter
Rich in fat soluble vitamins
Butter from grass-fed cows is one of the best sources of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K2. The average intake of vitamin K2 is particularly low in modern Western diets and it can also be found in foods like egg yolks, high-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows and liver and other organs, though not many people (especially fussy eaters) are fans of offal!
Contains certain trace nutrients we lack
Butter is a great source of crucial trace nutrients such as chromium, copper, iodine, manganese, and zinc.
Reduces risk of heart disease
Well this one certainly took us by surprise! Numerous studies have found that saturated fats are not linked to cardiovascular disease, in fact research has found that people who regularly eat margarine (which is often mistaken for a healthy food) were more likely to develop heart disease over those who ate butter.
But what about the cons?
It’s pretty much pure fat
Butter is made from milk fat and one tablespoon has 100 calories. So next time your spreading it on your toast or cooking up your scrambled eggs, be aware of how much you are using.
Too much can raise your bad cholesterol
According to the Heart Foundation, butter is 50 per cent saturated fat and 4 per cent trans fat. Eating a lot of saturated fat increases your blood cholesterol, in particular increasing the bad (LDL) cholesterol.
However, foods like extra virgin olive oil, avocados and tahini are rich in monounsaturated fats and these “good” fats raise our good (HDL) cholesterol.
Basically, cooking with butter from grass-fed cows is fine, but it’s VERY important to keep it in moderation. Too much, like with a lot of things, can lead to obesity and other health problems. Try dipping your bread in olive oil next time for a Mediterranean twist!
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