People have been eating butter for hundreds and thousands of years. Throughout history it was customary to treat it as a particularly high-quality food, people were grateful for butter as they are for a steak now-a-days. Honey and butter were synonymous to richness and health. Over time, butter started to be associated with saturated fat – and considered bad and even harmful. Butter has been perceived by the public as one of the many sources of severe morbidity, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol and obesity.
But, as so often in history, the reputation of butter has been overstated and unjustified. Do we really need to avoid it? The question, it turns out, has a surprising answer.
Butter and fat
Butter can be made from milk or fat. If we look at the list of ingredients and nutritional values, we will find that 100 grams of butter (regular, not light) contains more than 80 percent of fat, including a significant amount of saturated fat. The same amount of butter contains quite a bit of cholesterol and more than seven hundred calories.
In recent decades, we have learned that cholesterol consumption should be reduced and that saturated fat and animal fats should be cut. On the face of it, you have to remove the butter from the menu, but it turns out that consuming it also has quite a few advantages. Remember that butter was considered a common dish in Europe, India, and the Near East.
Fact is – in France, where the consumption of butter is high and it is customary to cook many foods in butter, heart disease is relatively rare and obesity is not as narrow as in the United States, for comparison. Moderate consumption of butter, therefore, especially when maintaining a balanced diet, does not have to be problematic.
Butter and the obesity epidemic
A new approach in medical science, nutrition and health, says there is no harm in consuming butter when you do not overdo it. There are more and more voices claiming that the current problem is due to excess carbohydrates and excess sugars. It is recommended to reduce the consumption of bread, snacks, pasta, and to return the delicious butter, that has become (unfairly) the representative of the obesity epidemic, to the menu. Butter contains calcium, which is essential for the health of bones and teeth. Moreover, it has been found that consuming butter regularly helps the body absorb essential minerals and it also helps to prevent caries and maintain oral health in general. But then we remain with the following question: Saturated fat found in butter – fattening or not fattening?
Fatty acids in butter are healthier than processed hydrogenated fat
Butter definitely does not have to make you fat if you do not overdo carbohydrates, sweets or fried foods. Linoleic acid found in butter is also important to us. The body is not capable of producing it and it is essential for the cell activity in the body and even, believe it or not, helps to lose weight!
Does this mean that the butter can be eaten freely and without any control? not recommended. Over-consumption of fats will certainly not help the body and might even harm it. From today forward – consume butter, with moderation.
Does butter contain cholesterol?
A good deal of cholesterol in butter is good cholesterol. Also, when you do not overdo it, you have the best effect on brain development in young people and improved memory and thinking processes in adults. Because butter contains various fatty acids, it is good to know that some of them help the body fight infection.
What else is good about that old-fashioned spread? It contains essential vitamins such as vitamin A – which is good for the eyes and thyroid health. Also, thanks to the high caloric content of the butter, along with the lack of carbohydrates, it is an excellent source of energy. If you suffer from fatigue and/or feel a craving for sweetness – instead of chocolate try going for a slice of whole bread or cracker with butter.