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When people think of butter, they often think of it as a salty, yellow glob of fat. From the media’s constant advertising of low-fat butter alternatives, to diet fads telling you to completely avoid all forms of fat, we have been told for a very long time that butter is bad for us.

Although it is true that eating too much butter can lead to excess body fat, those who demonize butter for its weight gaining properties often overlook its nutritional value. It also doesn’t help that most of the butter sold in stores does not contain this nutritional value, and this is due to the diet that the cows that make it are being fed.

Why Do People Think Butter Is Unhealthy?

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The main reason people began avoiding butter was during the anti-saturated fat trend. This was a time when saturated fat was (falsely) named as the number one cause of obesity and heart disease. This theory, however, has since been debunked multiple times and no longer proves to be a significant reason to avoid butter.

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Two British studies conducted in 2010 and 2014, whose combined total of participants numbered just under one million, found no association between saturated fat consumption and heart disease. This effectively ended the theory that consuming saturated fat would increase your risk of heart attack, stroke or any other heart disease-related condition.

Grass-Fed Butter vs Grain-Fed Butter

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Butter is made purely of two ingredients: milk and fat. It is made by removing the cream from fresh, whole milk, churning it, and then solidifying it. Butter’s nutritious value mainly depends on the diet of the cow that it is being made from.

Most farmers tend to use grains to feed their cows, as it is a cheap source of nutrition that doesn’t take up much space to cultivate. However, it has been proven that grass-fed cows produce butter that contains much more of the nutrients that actually give butter its value.

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All butter contains conjugated linoleic acid. It is a fatty acid that is commonly used as a fat-loss supplement, and several studies have backed up its ability to reduce body fat and risk of cardiovascular disease. It turns out that butter from grass-fed cows can have up to five times more conjugated linoleic acid than butter from grain-fed cows, making grass-fed butter a much better alternative in terms of fat loss and heart health.

Butter made from grass-fed cows is also higher in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2 compared to butter made from grain-fed cows. Vitamin K2 can help improve bone and teeth strength, and omega-3 fatty acids aids in fat loss and reduces inflammation.

How To Get Grass-Fed Butter

Although you might be able to find grass-fed butter at your local grocery store, it tends to be drowned out by all of the grain-fed varieties. The best way is to buy butter that you know comes directly from a farmer, so here are some ways to go about doing this:

  • Use the Real Milk Finder to find a dairy producer in your area
  • Buy your butter from Whole Foods or other local natural food stores
  • Buy butter from your local farmer’s market
  • Purchase the following butter brands: Organic Valley Pasture Butter, Kerrygold Butter, Anchor Butter, Allgau German Butter, Smjor Butter, Humboldt Creamery Butter And Kalona Supernatural Butter

Sources:

http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1846638

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2010/01/13/ajcn.2009.27725.abstract

https://www.dairygoodness.ca/butter/how-butter-is-made

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22452730

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002822304004316

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10531600/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7905466

http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-94-007-5561-1_5

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