(WellnessNova.com) - Butter made from cow’s milk isn’t the healthiest food choice. In fact, it’s probably nearing the bottom of the list of healthy foods to eat. But if you choose organic butter, you might be surprised at how much of a nutritious boost you could get! Here’s a little bit on the benefits of enjoying organic butter:
What Is Organic Butter?
To put it simply, organic butter made from cow’s milk, like regular butter, is a pleasure food. It’s the ingredient bakers use to make their pastries, breads, cakes, and other baked goods fluffy and creamy. It’s the ingredient that fast food joints use to make their dishes melt in your mouth.
But just like regular butter, organic butter is simply the fat separated out from organic cow’s milk. This fat is called butterfat, which is composed mostly of saturated fats and a small percentage of healthy unsaturated fats.
Organic butter, like regular butter, ends up being made up of about 80 percent butterfat after final processing – that’s a lot of saturated fat.
Is Butter Really That Unhealthy?
If you’re thinking to yourself that you’ve heard from too many wellness sources that butter is unhealthy and that you probably should stay away, well you’re not wrong. But butter isn’t the scourge that mainstream media has portrayed it to be.
Researchers conducted a study on monkeys where they fed them a daily diet high in saturated fat. Those monkeys developed atherosclerosis. (Remember that butter is composed mainly of saturated fat.)
But experts actually found that eating butter raises both your good and bad cholesterol almost the same as eating refined carbohydrates, like white rice, potato chips, and bread. It seems that if you switched your carbs with butter, there shouldn’t be any problems.
But the most popular use for butter is as a spread for bread or a texturizing agent in carb-filled pastries. Butter just goes hand-in-hand with refined carbs! But eating butter with refined carbs is like a double whammy – and that’s the real culprit for the increased heart attack risk.
If you switched your refined carbs with butter, you shouldn’t see a significant decline in your cardiovascular health. Butter is only bad if you consume it with refined carbs in the same meal.
Why Is Organic Butter Healthier Than Regular Butter?
But organic butter still gives you a little bit of a health boost compared to regular butter. Experts found that organic butter has more omega-3 fatty acids than regular better. That means organic butter has a slightly lower composition of saturated fats than regular better.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been known to boost brain health, while also boosting development in growing children. They’re also linked with lowering heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases.
Organic butter also has been found to contain more vitamin D than regular butter. This is because organic butter made from organic cow’s milk requires that the cows be fed organic feed. This means they’ll have to undergo rotational grazing, which means they’ll be brought out into the sun more often. Increased sun exposure boosts vitamin D production, which goes into the cows’ milk and the subsequent organic butter made from it.
Organic butter is also less toxic than regular butter. Organic milk requires that cows not be administered any antibiotics, growth hormones, or parasiticides. They’re also not allowed to be fed with GMOs or feed treated with pesticides. Cows exposed to these chemicals produce milk (and subsequently, butter) contaminated with them. It’s gotten so bad that the EPA declared that dairy products are responsible for about 35 percent of dioxin bioaccumulation.
But since cows that make organic milk aren’t permitted to be intentionally exposed to these toxins, organic butter ends up uncontaminated!
What’s the bottom line? Butter is only bad if you eat it with refined carbs. Organic butter has more nutrients and less toxins than regular butter. If you’re a butter lover, enjoy a carb-free dish sauteed with organic butter.