7 Reasons Why Butter Is Actually A Must In Your Diet

I attended a seminar by a world renowned Personal Trainer, Charles Poliquin.   Charles was very adamant that everyone should be consuming organic butter for the nutritional benefits.   He kept bringing up the fact that it MUST be organic.  Butter in the past has been given a bad rap.  

Authority Nutrition put together 7 benefits of butter that should not be overlooked:

1. Butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamins such as A, E, and K2. 

K2 is involved in calcium metabolism an in low amounts has been associated with many serious diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.

*in order for the K2 to be present, the butter must be from grass-fed cows.

2. Butter contains lots of healthy saturated fat.  

Unfortunately the "war" against saturated fat was based on bad science and was never proven to be harmful.   In fact, recent studies suggest there is no association with saturated fat and cardiovascular disease.    What does happen is saturated fat raises the HDL (good) cholesterol.   Butter also contains short and medium chained fats which are metabolized different than other fats.     They lead to improved satiety and increased fat burning.

3. Butter lowers heart attack risk compared to Margarine.   

In a Farmington heart study, they examined the effects of butter and margarine on cardiovascular disease.  What they found was the more margarine you consumed, more than 1 teaspoon a day, increased your chances for cardiovascular disease.    When  you used 5+ teaspoons a day, your chances of cardiovascular disease almost doubled.

4. Butter is a good source of fatty acid Buyrate.  

The 4-carbon fatty acid buyrate is created by bacteria in the colon when they are exposed to dietary fiber.   This is the main reason fiber has health benefits for humans.   When studies on rats, buyrate supplementation prevented weight gain on an unhealthy diet by increasing energy expenditure and reducing food intake.   It also improved the function of mitochondria and lowers fasting triglycerides and insulin.

5. Butter is rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). 

This fatty acid has powerful effects on metabolism and can be sold as a weightloss supplement.    CLA has been shown to have anti-cancer properties as well has lowering body fat percentage in humans.

*in order for the CLA to be present, the butter must be from grass-fed cows.

6. Butter is associated with a lower risk of obesity. 

The nutrition authorities often recommend than we choose low-fat dairy products such as skim milk and low fat yogurt.   That way, we get calcium we need without all those "bad" fats and calories (Those "bad" fats are actually good for us.   Please reread #1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)   Despite the higher calorie content, eating a high-fat dairy products is not associated with obesity.  

In fact, a new review paper came out in 2012 that examined the effects of high-fat dairy consumption on obesity, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic disorders.   They discovered that high-fat did not increase risk of metabolic disease and was associated with significantly reduced risk of obesity.

7. Finally, butter is delicious. Enough said!

What does this mean?  

When you make your breakfast omelet, saute some vegetables, or want to add some juicy flavor to your favorite meat, utilize the health benefits of organic butter and your meal won't just taste better, it will be healthier for you.

Written by Steven Zahn

 

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

NASM Certified Personal Trainer