If you have been following me long enough, you know that I bake with butter, but not any kind of butter. The butter that I use is grass fed or pasture raised butter. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misconceptions regarding butter that will make people run away when they see butter listed in the ingredient list of a recipe. Before you run away or unfollow me because I use butter, please hear me out :). Butter, when it comes from grass fed cows are actually good for you. One very important point to remember, organic butter does not necessary mean grass fed!!!!! There are tons of Organic butters on the market that are from grain-fed cows. When shopping for butter look for “ grass fed” or “pasture raised”.
Below are the nutrient facts for 14 grams (just under a tablespoon), of grass fed butter:
11 grams fat (with 7 grams saturated fat and 0 grams trans fat)
30 milligrams cholesterol
500 international units vitamin A (1o percent DV)
0.4 milligram vitamin E (2 percent DV)
0.8 microgram vitamin K (1 percent DV)
Grass fed butter has many health benefits, here are the 3 most important ones:
1. Anti Inflammatory:
One of the issues with average western diet is the imbalance between our consumption of omega6 and omega3 fatty acids. There is a controversy in regard to an optimal ratio of omega6 to omega3, but the range is between 1:1 to 4:1. Do you know what is the ratio in the western diet? 16:1, yes, that is bad.
The good news is Grass-fed Butter contains the ideal ratio of omega 6: omega 3 fatty acids, which is especially important for reducing inflammation. Grain-fed butter has a high omega 6:3 ratio, which will promote inflammatory conditions in the body. Grass-fed butter also has significantly more anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidants than grain-fed butter.
Grass fed butter is also rich in Butyrate, another anti inflammatory agent. While fiber is an indirect source of butyrate, grass-fed butter contains tons of immediate butyrate that are readily available for our body. Butyrate, also known as small chain fatty acid (SCFA), and medium chain fats that butter is so rich in are easy on our digestive tract and do not depend upon strong enzymes or bile production. This conserves energy and vital resources while getting all the nutritional benefits that butter has to offer.
2. Metabolism booster
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a long-chain fatty acid that has significant health benefits. Meat and dairy products from grass-fed animals can produce 300-500% more CLA than those from animals that were fed the usual diet of hay and grains.
CLA speeds up metabolism and increases the process of fat breakdown. Many researchers have hypothesized that a lack of CLA in the modern diet is a significant factor in the obesity epidemic.
CLA also helps body store muscle instead of fat, hence higher metabolism.
3. Rich in Vitamin K2
Vitamin K2 is a very critical nutrient for regulating calcium metabolism in the body. Research has shown that Poor calcium metabolism will lead to calcium deposits being distributed throughout the body. This means greater risk of developing gallstones, kidney stones, osteoarthritis, and calcium plaques in the endothelial lining of the heart.
Grass is rich in vitamin K1. When animals eat grass, the bacteria in their digestive system convert the K1 into bioactive K2. So there is significantly more of this beneficial K2 in grass-fed butter than in grain-fed butter.
Vitamin K2 with the help of vitamin D3, also found in grass fed butter, push the excess calcium out of our bloodstream and into the bones where it belongs. This promotes healthy circulation, strong bones and a healthier immune system.
Don’t run away from butter. Butter from grass fed cows have tons of health benefits. You need to have healthy fats in your diet to stay healthy.
Stay happy and healthy