The Benefits of Grassfed Butter
THE BENEFITS OF GRASSFED BUTTER
Butter consumption has changed over the course of the last few decades. Butter is typically used in cooking to boost the flavor profile of other ingredients. The saturated fats and cholesterol count in butter has given it a bad reputation, but there are many health benefits of grassfed butter.
Grassfed butter contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been shown to aid in weight loss by promoting the reduction of belly fat and aids in muscle growth. When trying to lose weight, it’s important to maintain or increase lean muscle mass to prevent your body’s metabolic rate from decreasing. CLA also protects against cancer by helping fight off tumor activity and slowing the growth of cancerous cells.
The vitamin E found in grassfed butter is fat-soluble. It’s also an antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals, which can damage cells and lead to inflammation. Vitamin E is also beneficial in the cell development process, which helps repair the lining of muscle cells and blood vessels.
Other vitamins in grassfed butter include vitamins K2 and A. Vitamin K2 has been linked to improving bone density and helping lower the calcification in arteries that are associated with heart disease. Vitamin A is high in antioxidants and helps support eye function and immune function. Vitamin A also helps regulate inflammation in our digestive system, which leads to an immune response by our bodies.
Grassfed butter is loaded with other nutrients, ranging from magnesium to selenium to iodine. Magnesium is important for an efficient metabolism and assists in energy production. Selenium promotes enzyme activity, which is crucial in the detoxification process. Iodine aids in helping the thyroid gland function properly and is necessary in helping your body convert food into energy.
My two favorite brands of grassfed butter are Lucky Layla Butter (a local option) and Organic Valley Organic Pasture Butter. Kerrygold is a grassfed brand that is more commonly available and is a good alternative.
Butter is delicious and essential in cooking, but it’s important to purchase the right type of butter – grassfed! Looking for a new recipe featuring grassfed butter? Try this delicious, succulent Pork Tenderloin with Peach Bourbon Glaze or this protein-packed recipe for Caramelized Onion, Turkey, and Kale Egg Muffins. How are you including grassfed butter in your recipes? Let me know on Facebook!
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