Butter has gotten a bad rap in the past, but recent studies have shed some light on how certain butters are actually figure-friendly! Besides making even the blandest dishes taste like masterpieces, real butter has the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy (even contributing to weight loss!) Here’s why you should choose grass-fed butter or ghee the next time you’re in the supermarket.
The Butter Lowdown
Low-fat dairy and diets emerged as a weight-loss miracle and highly processed spreads like margarine followed as butter got the blame for everything from obesity to heart disease. We are happy to report that butter can, in fact, be healthy! (You’re welcome, Grandma.)
Here’s why: your body needs the fats in butter to absorb the healthy nutrients found in butter and vegetables like carotenoids—powerful disease-fighting antioxidants—or fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E and K. Plus, butter is high in weight-loss friendly fatty acids like CLA and the perfect ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6.
The kicker is that not all butter is created equal! Here are the options we’re reaching for in the kitchen and why.
Chances are, if you’re eating a balanced diet of animal and plant foods, you’re getting enough of vitamins A and E. The unsung hero of grass-fed dairy is Vitamin K2, a vitamin that powerfully impacts health and is hard to find in the modern diet. Low intake of Vitamin K2 is linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis, so spring for the grass-fed butter the next time you’re in the store. Dairy from cows fed grain and feed mixes doesn’t contain the same nutrients as grass-fed dairy.
An ancient Ayurvedic tradition, ghee is a form of clarified butter with a laundry list of health benefits. Made from butter, ghee has all the milk solids and impurities removed through slow simmering, so most people who are lactose or casein intolerant can consume ghee without issue. (Of course, we always suggest consulting your health care professional before trying out new products.) Like butter, ghee has a high nutrient profile that is similar to coconut oil, with a higher smoking point for easy use in frying and cooking.