Butter: Should It Be Banned?

Butter has gained a bad reputation in the world of health for having high saturated fat that supposedly leads to heart disease. In several countries across the world, consumption of butter has crashed down due to mass condemnation.

Breakfast crumpet

Young woman enjoying a breakfast crumpet

This is quite unfortunate, as butter has several health friendly properties such as butyrate levels, high vitamin content, and lots of conjugated linoleic acid.  Butyrates are important as food for cells lining the  colon. Without butyrates for energy, colon cells undergo autophagy (self digestion) and die.

  • Misconception about butter

A fact is that a majority of people do not view butter as a health food any more. Some health experts are so adamantly against it that they believe that it should be banned completely. They recommend people to avoid taking any food items that turn into solids at room temperature, such as red meat and cheese. Such experts are misguided on several fronts, beginning with the assertion that any food that is solid at room temperature is unhealthy. If we give attention to such logic, locally grown organic broccoli would also be unhealthy.

  • Such experts are also wrong in saying that fat is harmful. The fact is that all fats are not unhealthy, but some of them can prove to be disease causing nutrients. Scientific studies have found close relations between heart disease and fat intake. But most of them fail to understand that butter can actually offer a lot of nutritional value.

  • Health benefits of butter

There are significant amounts of vitamin A, D, E and K2 in butter, along with conjugated linoleic acid and butyrate acid. Sufficient vitamin levels are highly stated in the mainstream health world, but the significance of CLA and butyrate are not yet popular. Some studies have shown that butyrate provides protection against mental illness, increases energy expenditure, improves body composition, reduces inflammation and decreases intestinal leakage. CLA is important for your health too, as it increases your heart’s health, reduces tumor growth, decreases stomach fat and increases fat loss in over-weight people.

  • Keep in mind, all butter is not equally beneficial. Grass-fed butter has superior health benefits than others. Grass-fed butter has higher antioxidant, CLA and vitamin levels, and higher omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio. If you take butter in limited amounts, it can prove to be highly beneficial for your health. It is quite rich in nutrients and can cause more benefit than harm to your health . So, we have no reason to ban butter altogether from our diet. Just keep a watch on how much you are consuming.

  

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