Butter has been a staple in many homes – enjoyed, yet unjustifiably demonized in the last 30 years. Margarine and other spreads are proposed alternatives to butter, but butter has a lot of nutritional benefits that other spreads don’t have when consumed in moderation. This also depends on the brand of butter that you’re buying too.
The Right Spread For Your Bread
Some people think that margarine is healthier than butter because it has less saturated fat, but this lab-manufactured product also has more trans fat, which is actually worse for your heart health!
Butter, in contrast, is a natural food that’s high in a cancer-fighting compound called CLA and is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Here are some additional butter benefits:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Essential Minerals
- Vitamin K2
Butter isn’t even inflammatory like man-made oils from corn, canola and soy, making it preferable to cook with over these oils, although there are healthier alternatives.
Yet, once again, all these nutritious butter benefits vary from brand to brand. There are certain butters you should avoid entirely, and it shouldn’t surprise you to find out what kind.Monsanto Butter
Monsanto is an agricultural company that is the largest producer of genetically modified foods (GMOs.) The resulting food modifications can be very damaging to our health, so it is best to avoid this company’s products whenever possible. On the subject of butter, here are the butter brands Monsanto controls:
- Land Lakes
- Alta Dena
- Country Crock
- Great Value
- Blue Bonnet
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!
The cows used to create these products are fed GMO grains like corn and soy instead of the grass they are suppose to be eating. The cows are also raised on growth hormones linked to cancer, antibiotics and harmful pesticides.
Butter produced from grass-fed cows are 50% higher in vitamin A and E, 400% higher in beta carotene, and provide more CLA and omega-3s than their grain fed counterparts.Buying The Best Butter
There are three things to keep in mind the next time you shop for butter:
Is it organic? – organic butter has no hormones, antibiotics, harmful pesticides or GMOs.
Is it grass-fed? – as mentioned earlier, grass-fed cows produce more nutritious products. You can tell it is grass fed if the butter has a deep yellow color.
Is it ghee? – ghee is clarified butter with all the proteins, milk solids and lactose removed. This makes the nutrients in butter more concentrated. Ghee butter is more digestible and does not need to be refrigerated. It will do just fine for months on the counter! Those with dairy allergies may find this a better butter choice as well.
Be sure to check the ingredients of the butter before purchasing it. If its ingredients include olive oil, soybean, corn oil and/ or canola oil, avoid it!Vegan Alternatives
Finally, if you want to avoid butter entirely, avoid the “butter-like” alternatives and try these healthier options instead:
- 100% coconut oil
- 100% olive oil
- 100% red palm oil
- 100% hemp oil