But­ter re­ally is bet­ter

All we thought we knew about but­ter v mar­garine is start­ing to melt away

Isis Town and Country - - Life - Eleanor Ozich NZ Her­ald

FOR years we have been con­vinced that low-fat spreads and mar­garines are bet­ter for our health. Fi­nally the truth is be­com­ing more well known.

These ar­ti­fi­cial, syn­thetic and chem­i­cally made spreads are in­deed far worse and could even be detri­men­tal to your health if con­sumed on a daily ba­sis.

So how can but­ter be bet­ter? The nu­tri­tional gospel that sat­u­rated fat is un­healthy and fat­ten­ing is fi­nally start­ing to melt away.

In fact, there is no con­vinc­ing ev­i­dence that sat­u­rated fat causes heart disease.

But­ter’s health ben­e­fits are known to fight heart disease, arthri­tis, os­teo­poro­sis, asthma and thy­roid prob­lems, among oth­ers. They also pro­mote fer­til­ity and healthy growth and devel­op­ment in chil­dren.

But­ter, be­ing an all-nat­u­ral dairy prod­uct, is in fact an ex­cel­lent source of fat-sol­u­ble vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, which can aid in the ab­sorp­tion of cal­cium and phos­pho­rus, there­fore pro­mot­ing strong bones and teeth.

But­ter also pro­vides large amounts of short and medi­um­chain fatty acids, which help to sup­port im­mune func­tion, boost me­tab­o­lism and have anti-mi­cro­bial prop­er­ties, help­ing to fight bad bac­te­ria in the in­testi­nal tract.

It also pro­vides the per­fect bal­ance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats.

Arachi­donic acid in but­ter is very im­por­tant for brain func­tion and skin health. When but­ter comes from cows that are grass-fed, it con­tains high lev­els of con­ju­gated linoleic acid, a com­pound that gives ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion against can­cer and also helps your body build mus­cle rather than store fat.

The man-made oils and fats in low-fat spreads are in­cred­i­bly toxic and con­tain free rad­i­cals, ar­ti­fi­cial flavours, emul­si­fiers, preser­va­tives and sol­vents. These are ex­tremely hard for the body to break down and can con­trib­ute to nu­mer­ous health prob­lems, in­clud­ing can­cer and heart disease. Syn­thetic vi­ta­mins are also added to mar­garine and spreads and can even have the op­po­site ef­fect to the nat­u­ral vi­ta­mins in but­ter.

The one thing that scares me the most is that the nat­u­ral colour of mar­garine and ar­ti­fi­cial spreads is a hor­ri­ble dark grey. Bleach is added to make it white, yel­low food colour­ing is then added to give it the ap­pear­ance of but­ter.

The best but­ter you can buy is raw but­ter from grass-fed cows, prefer­ably or­ganic. Next is pas­teurised but­ter from grass-fed cows, fol­lowed by reg­u­lar pas­teurised but­ter from the su­per­mar­ket.

Even the lat­ter two are still a much health­ier choice than mar­garine or low-fat spreads.

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