Butter often gets a bad rap. As rates of heart disease began to increase in the twentieth century, butter consumption conversely decreased. In the 1970s, researcher Ancel Keys, believed that saturated fat and cholesterol were responsible for coronary heart disease. Subsequent research has failed to conclusively establish this connection. Regardless, the dialogue and obsession with eliminating fat has remained pervasive. The low-fat and no-fat manufactured food industry is booming. Ironically while consumption has decreased, rates of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes have been on the rise.
While one must remain mindful of their diet, and not over-indulge in any particular food, eliminating all butter and animal fats from one's diet can potentially be harmful. Its vital enjoy a balanced and varied diet.
Here is a list of ten health benefits linked to the moderate consumption of butter:
- It helps your body absorb carotenoids, found in many colorful vegetables. Carotenoids are antioxidants that aid your body in the process of detoxification.
- The fatty acids in butter turn into conjugated linoleum acid which is anti-adipogenic, anti-diabetogenic, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-atherosclerotic.
- Butter is a rich source of the mineral selenium.
- It helps to prevent tooth-decay.
- Butter helps protect the body against infection in the gastrointestinal tract.
- It is a source of an easily absorbed form of iodine.
- Arachidonic Acid aids memory and healthy brain function.
- Butter contains lecithin which aids metabolism.
- The lauric acid in butter treats fungal infections.
- The vitamin A found in butter is easily absorbed into the body, promoting adrenal and thyroid health.