For decades, butter has been receiving a lot of flak because it’s deemed as unhealthy; the root cause of heart disease and obesity. But believe it or not, health experts and scientists alike are now changing their tune. In fact, some consider butter as “health food” or even “super food.”
So just how super is butter?
It seems the media have misled the public about butter. Butter is made from natural oils, unlike margarine, which used to be considered as the healthier alternative to butter.
As it turns out, margarine is chock-full of chemically made polyunsaturated oils and synthetic trans-fat. Clinical researchers conclude that those who eat margarine have higher chances of developing heart diseases than those who don’t eat margarine at all. Butter is now considered healthier than margarine. In healthy servings, eating butter can help prevent heart diseases! Below are five other surprising health benefits of butter:
It Prevents Cancer!
Did you know 100% organic butter is one of the richest sources of conjugated linoleic acid or CLA? According to a study published by the Journal of Nutrition, CLA is a potent cancer inhibitor. It prevents cancer cells from spreading in the body. CLA, in particular, prevents breast cancer. Butter also contains chains of fatty acids that fight cancer, including Butyric acid. Butyric acid also helps prevent breast cancer, as well as boost the immune system, minimize inflammation, and heal infections in the body.
Butter Normalizes Blood Sugar Levels
Because short and medium fatty acids in butter are not deposited in the adipose tissue, butter helps prevent weight gain; it also normalizes blood glucose levels, lowers fasting triglycerides, and stabilizes insulin levels. Butter also stimulates bile production in the body to break down fat effectively!
It Contains Healthy Saturated Fat
We were all made to believe that a diet high in saturated fat heightens the risk of heart diseases. This theory has been spread to the public since the 50s but it appears, new studies are dispelling this belief many times.
Modern studies show that adopting a low-fat diet actually increases triglycerides and lowers the level of HDL cholesterol or good cholesterol in the body.
Butter is a rich source of HDL or good cholesterol. Good cholesterol helps prevent heart diseases as well as other serious illnesses associated with low-cholesterol levels like dementia, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Cholesterol isn’t that bad either; it’s just misunderstood. It helps maintain normal function in the body, promotes the proper development of the nervous system, and reduces the risk of heart diseases by as much as 69%.
It Prevents Arthritis and Osteoporosis
As mentioned above, butter is rich in vitamin D — the vitamin directly involved in increasing efficient calcium absorption in the body. This helps strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis as well as a condition called osteomalacia, the softening of the bones. Butter also contains vitamin C that assists in the prevention of rheumatoid arthritis and maintains healthier, pain-free joints in aging people!
It’s Packed With Fat-Soluble Vitamins and Minerals
Butter being rich in soluble vitamins is an understatement. Apart from being high in vitamin A, D, and E, butter also has potent concentration of vitamin K. It’s full of minerals and antioxidants too. Vitamin K cuts the risk of developing prostate cancer in men by up to 35%. Butter is not only full of vitamins; it also contains vitamin carriers like healthy fat. You see, you need healthy fat for the proper absorption of vitamins in the body.