There are a lot of misconceptions about the consumption of butter in our diet. Some people say it’s bad because of all the fat and cholesterol but most people forget that not all fats are bad, as a matter of fact, there are different types of fats. On this post we will talk about the health benefits of butter.
CLA and Butyric Acid, a few of the health benefits of butter
Butter is the highest source of Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in meat and dairy products. It is a popular dietary supplement taken to maintain weight loss, retain lean muscle mass, and control type 2 diabetes — the type of diabetes that is often associated with obesity.
CLA is also associated with the inhibition of mammary tumorigenesis and reduction of breast cancer. Butter also contains 4% butyric acid, an anti-carcinogenic short-chain fatty acid. Butyric acid actually inhibits the growth of mammary tumors. Butyric acid is also a biological response modifier, a substance that arouses the body’s response to infection.
Butter does not make you fat
Butter is a rich source of short and medium chain fatty acids, and these molecules are not stored where the body keeps the rest of the fat stored.
As a matter of fact, the fat in butter plays a key role in weight management and satiation. First, the fatty acids in butter stimulate the release of bile, which allows absorption of vitamins and eliminates toxins and old hormones from the body.
Also, the fats in butter slow down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. Carbohydrate consumption should always be paired with a source of healthy fats, like butter, to improve blood sugar stability. When our blood sugar is stable, rather than jumping from super high to low, we feel full and do not experience sugar cravings
What about butter and cholesterol?
Science tells us that atherosclerosis is not caused by cholesterol, which can be act as a healing agent in the body, depending of its levels in the human body and the source where it came from. If cholesterol comes form good quality fats like egg yolks, butter or avocados, it can help the body reduce inflammation.
This is another of the health benefits of butter, it is a good source of cholesterol, which is something that we need to keep in mind. There are good & bad sources of it and it falls on us to choose correctly what are our sources of fats.
How can I start eating healthy fats?
Eating healthy fats is really easy, there are a lot of products that contain good fats like olive oil, butter, bacon, avocado, nuts, among others. The trick is introducing them successfully in your diet. You can check or previous posts on olive oil or peanut butter to get a better notion about it.
Another option is to try our daily deliveries program where we only use healthy fats and we provide delicious and macro balanced food.