You should eat more butter. If you are already aware that butter is a “superfood” then perhaps you already eat a lot. If you are curious as to why you should eat more butter then continue reading. At the end, I ask you to tell me why everyone should eat more butter.
Grass-fed is best. Organic is next best. Conventional is worst but still good.
1. Perfect for cooking
Butter is made up of mostly saturated fat which is more heat stable then all other types of fats. You do NOT want to cook with polyunsaturated fats since they oxidize when exposed to heat. This can leads to all sorts of problems. Butter, coconut oil and palm oil are best for cooking due to their saturated fat content.
2. Makes all foods more palatable
Do you have kids who don’t like to eat their veggies, especially leafy greens like kale or spinach? Cook them in butter. Or steam them and add butter when finished cooking. Doing this will surely increase the chances of your kids eating vegetables or greens.
Do you want to eat more liver but don’t like the taste? The next time I decide to cook liver I will surely be frying it with TONS of butter or bacon fat. Liver is not appetizing to most folks including myself but butter will change that at least a little.
3. High in Vitamin A
Per tablespoon, grass-fed butter has 10% of your daily value of Vitamin A. Butter from conventionally raised cows contains 7% of your daily value of Vitamin A. This may not seem like much if you compare it to sweet potatoes but realize that sweet potatoes contain a pre-cursor form of Vitamin A. It has to go through a conversion process before your body is able to absorb it.
You may ingest 150% DV of Vitamin A from sweet potatoes or carrots but you are surely to absorb a lot less. Vitamin A from animal foods are much more bioavailable.
Animal products win.
4. High in CLA
CLA is Conjugated Linoleic Acid. It’s a naturally occurring trans fat that is much more present in grass-fed animals compared to conventionally raised animals. It’s known to be anti cancerous. You want a lesser chance of getting cancer, correct? Go buy some grass-fed butter!
5. Easy on your wallet; inexpensive source of calories
Butter is inexpensive. At the Fulton Street Farmers Market here in Grand Rapids, MI I can buy 1 pound of grass-fed butter for $4.25 per lb. In Chicago, more specifically Wrigleyville, I can buy Kerrygold grass-fed butter at Trader Joe’s for around $6 per lb. Because butter is almost pure fat, its very calorie dense. This is a good thing folks! You don’t want to limit your intake of real food!
One pound of butter has 32 tablespoons which equates to about 3200 calories. At 700 calories per meal, I could eat a meal of butter for only 93 cents!
6. Lactose and casein is almost non existent
Lactose – the sugar in dairy, and casein – the protein in dairy, are two very common allergens. Lactase is the enzyme that is needed to breakdown lactose. Pasteurization kills this miracle enzyme. This is one of many reasons why folks have many problems with dairy. If you have acne, then you should most definitely avoid dairy.
What about butter?
Unless you are severely intolerant to casein and/or lactose, you will do just fine with butter. The only dairy I consume on a regular basis is butter. I enjoy cheese from time to time, especially if it’s grass-fed and raw. I don’t do well with other forms of dairy. I am one of millions who suffered through severe acne for years. Eliminating conventional dairy helped big time. I seem to be doing just fine with butter.
7. It’s easy to make clarified butter
Some folks are extremely sensitive to casein and/or lactose. Is this you? No worry… you can still eat butter! You just need to clarify it or buy ghee from a place like Whole Foods. Purity Farms is a fantastic brand. This simple process completely removes the delicate amounts of casein and lactose that are present. Thus, you have no worries…. anyone can enjoy butter! I have tried Purity Farms ghee before and it did have a slightly different taste than regular ole’ butter but it was still yummy.
8. Easy storage
You can store butter in the refrigerator or you can leave it out around room temperature. It softens a bit when left out but stays as a solid stick. A solid stick… how easy! If you are following a recipe that calls for butter then its easy to gather however many tablespoons you need. Each stick (unless you buy some crazy ass butter) has 8 tablespoons and usually the paper around each stick is marked.
9. So “I can’t believe it’s not butter” goes extinct
I can’t believe its not butter either folks. Have you ever looked at the ingredients of this product? Millions still believe butter is harmful. I mean, its a whole, real, nutritious, satisfying food. It has one ingredient and so it must be bad, right? All that saturated fat and cholesterol…
Butter is amazingly healthy. Tasty too. Maybe, just maybe, these non butter food like products will go extinct if butter becomes famous again.
10. Leave a comment with the tenth reason
Just do it. Why should you eat more grass-fed butter? What can you add to this list of 9 things? I know you can come up with something else. Go!