Once upon a time, margarine reigned as supreme over saturated fat, which was proclaimed as evil, around the world! As it could lead to obesity and heart attack! However, there is no proof to prove that saturated fats causes obesity, and there is huge evidence showing that saturated fat protects, you, against cardiovascular diseases. According to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, natural, whole butter reduced heart diseases, risk by whopping 69 percent.
What saturated fat does?; is to increase the HDL cholesterol (the good fat) and converts the risky small- particles of LDL, into more benign large LDL that aids to stimulate fat burning and improves satiety.
The cell membranes consists of saturated fat, it is an essential nutrient required to aid in mineral and vitamin absorption, and in synthesis of important hormones. And for the fat link, an overabundance of sugar and carbohydrate as is really to blame.
Sugar and carbohydrates raise the blood sugar, and leads to insulin resistance which promotes fat storage. So eating saturated fats with loads of carbohydrates makes it fatty; otherwise it’s not.
Butter for Better Nutrition
Butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamin E and A. There are many other meat, vegetable, and plant sources rich in vitamin E and A, butter contains a rare vitamin K2; which is important for calcium metabolism and a diet deficient in K2 is linked with increased risk of osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease. The best source of vitamin K2 is BUTTER FROM GRASS-FED DAIRY COWS!
It contains 3-4 percent of butyrate( a 4-carbon anti-inflammatory, fatty acid) that protects the digestive system. Butter also contain conjugated linoleic acid, which speeds-up metabolism (often marketed as a weight loss supplement) and has immense anti-cancer properties.
Although, you can’t depend on butter for all your nutrients (not to mention, a stick of butter a day may be hard to stomach), you should no longer avoid it for fear of getting fat or increasing your risk of a cardiovascular event. A dollop of butter will do your heart and your body good!
By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain
Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,