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Why Butter Might Be Good for You After All - 3rd Week

By Genevieve Cunningham

For years it seems as though butter was the enemy. Full of fat and calories, we were all supposed to avoid this food at all costs. You were supposed to use margarine, and the market was inundated with alternatives such as "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter." Remember that? As it turns out, butter might not be all that bad. Sure it’s bad in excess, just like many other foods, but in moderation, the real thing might actually bring your body some benefits. If you’ve been avoiding the good stuff for fear of ruining your health, check out these reasons to buy some butter and enjoy.

Butter Provides Some Healthy Fats

You actually have to have fat in your diet. Without healthy fats, your diet isn’t as balanced as you think it is. Butter is a great source of healthy fats, along with other foods such as avocado or nuts. Spread some butter on your toast, butter some bread, or top your favorite dishes. Just do so in moderation, as too many healthy fats can negate the benefits.

Butter is Better for the Heart

It used to be thought that margarine was the way to go. Too much butter would clog your arteries and cause heart problems. After thorough research, it seems as though the opposite is true. Butter may be better for your heart than margarine. Some of the artificial aspects of margarine are worse for your body than the natural ingredients of butter. So skip the margarine and go for the real thing.

Butter is Less Likely to be Linked to Obesity

Funny enough, butter appears to be linked to obesity far less often than the low fat dairy products or various brands of margarine. Why? Because butter is a more natural product with incredible nutritious benefits that your body can actually use. Luckily for the dairy lovers, this benefit is not specific to butter, but is the case for all dairy products. The real thing may be better than the low fat counterparts.

Does this mean you can buy a container, grab a spoon, and go to town? Definitely not. But, you can use butter in your recipes and spread on foods in moderation. You can enjoy butter once again without the worry of it causing serious health implications. Be cautious, just as you would with any other food. Excess is never good. But, with moderation and careful planning, you can go ahead and put the butter back on the table.

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