Butter makes you fat, raises cholesterol levels and clogs arteries right? – Wrong.
Ever heard of the weight loss supplement called CLA? Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) can help accelerate fat loss and is also known to act as a cancer fighting agent. Butter has an exceptionally high CLA concentration. Infact, adding a teaspoon of butter to your vegetables makes them healthier. The healthy saturated fat in butter assists your body in absorbing vitamins A, E, D, K as well as other key minerals like calcium, magnesium, selenium and iodine. In short, to reap the benefits of these vitamins and minerals you need to include high quality saturated fat (like butter) in your diet. Including butter as part of your meal may also curb hunger. The fat in butter provides a steady form of energy, unlike the see-saw energy from carbohydrate foods like sugars and grains that can leave you feeling hungry shortly after.
So what about cholesterol? Studies have revealed that the saturated fats in butter do not raise cholesterol levels when taken in moderation. In some cases, butter improves cholesterol. Our bodies need around 20 grams of saturated fats per day. Butter is a great source of healthy saturated fats – one tablespoon contains 7 grams of saturated fat.
Margarine, on the other hand may raise your cholesterol levels. The major constituents of margarine are ‘vegetable’ oils, obtained from sunflower seeds, grapeseed or soya beans. These oils are then heavily processed using heat, pressure, solvents and chemicals like sodium hydroxide. This processing creates toxic properties in the oil. To convert the processed oil into margarine, it is then subjected to a hydrogenation process (a process where hydrogen is bubbled through at high temperature) to ‘harden’ the oil.. The ‘partially-hydrogenated’ fats produced can be tainted with trans fats that are strongly linked with heart disease and raised cholesterol levels.
Delete the word ‘margarine’ from your memory banks.. Butter really is your new best friend. Try making your own salad dressing with two tablespoons of melted butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper – delicious. And DO butter your veges, not only will they taste better, they will be far more nutritious.
Keep an eye out for organic butter at your supermarket or healthfood store. I tend to choose organic butter over conventional (same with milk) as the cows that it’s derived from will not have had antibiotics, hormones or GMO feed given to them.