BUTTER ME UP! 4 Reasons to Put (Grass-Fed) Butter Back on Your Plate

Butter and Asparagus

Recently, thanks in part to a recent Mad Men episode, I’ve had butter on the brain. As I watched Don and his team try to find something good to say about margarine – a substance all agreed looked and tasted awful – I was reminded of the era when butter got the boot, in favor of what we were told was the healthier, man-made, Space Age alternative: margarine.

Fast forward a few decades and, not all that surprisingly, the processed, man-made margarine and butter-substitute products of yesteryear have proved themselves to be anything but healthy. Worse still, they may also have contributed to our rising levels of obesity, diabetes and heart disease – the very diseases they were created to avoid.

So much for the man-made “foods” of the Space Age, eh?

The good news is that the well-deserved decline of the fake stuff has put butter back on the table and better yet, it’s actually good for you. Wrongly demonized for its high saturated-fat content, research indicates that raw, organic, grass-fed butter offers numerous body benefits, so there’s little need to be scared of the stuff anymore! Bottom line: toss the margarine, banish the faux butter flakes, sink the substitutes and say hello again to the real thing.

Here’s the scoop on butter as part of a healthy diet:

1.) Read my lips: saturated fat is not dietary Public Enemy #1

If you want to fight the real enemy, it’s sugar and processed foods. What about the long-vilified saturated fat? Not so much. In fact, numerous, recent studies have found that reduced saturated fat intake doesn’t appear to reduce heart disease risk, and may have the opposite effect due in part to the processed fillers food manufacturers put in low-fat products to make up for the fat they removed. Now’s the time to show the saturated-fat-is-the-devil messages the door – and start putting some nutrient-dense, saturated fat back into your diet. Not with cookies, pies and baked goods, but with good saturated fats – like the kind you find in olive oil, nuts, avocados and yes, butter. For maximum health, buy raw, organic, butter made from the milk of grass-fed ruminants, such as cows, sheep and goats.

2.) Butter will enhance your health

When it comes to butters, not all are created equal. The best butter to buy is raw organic and grass-fed. Not surprisingly, butter produced from pasture or grass-fed animals – those animals who feast on leafy greens every day — will be higher in nutrients than butter from factory-farmed animals raised on cheap, nutrient-free GMO “feedstuffs,” grains and antibiotics. If your grocery store doesn’t carry raw, organic, grass-fed butter, try the farmer’s market for fresh, local, minimally-processed butter from well-treated, healthy animals raised on pasture. After that, the next best thing would be organic, grass-fed butter that’s pasteurized. Though pasteurization will cause a slight drop in some of butter’s benefits, the pasteurized version will still be infinitely better for your body than any man-made substitute, virtually all of which are loaded with artificial dyes, preservatives, industrial solvents, chemicals and harmful ingredients.

3.) Butter is a superfood – seriously!

After decades of butter-bashing, it’s high time we look at butter for what it is – the forgotten superfood! Butter, at its raw, organic, grass-fed best, really “brings it” nutritionally. So what’s in a stick? Health-supporting vitamins and minerals, such as:

  • CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, which helps reduce belly fat, protects against cancer and encourages muscle growth
  • Vitamin A to help maintain thyroid, adrenal and cardiovascular health
  • Vitamin K2 to support bone density and possibly reverse arterial calcification
  • Vitamin A, D and E, all key anti-oxidants that are essential to good health
  • Key health supporting nutrients and minerals including lecithin, selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iodine and more

4.) Manage your dose

Butter is delicious, but resist the urge to go overboard. In other words use it, but don’t drown your food in it. Think of butter as a few-times-a-week treat, not a thrice-daily necessity. Like the occasional square of dark chocolate, the key to reaping butter’s benefits is to use it in moderation. Re-integrate it back into your diet and enjoy, but use a light hand. Pouring butter on with a soup ladle will add hundreds of extra calories to your meal, so consciously portion out reasonable quantities of butter to bring out the flavors of your favorite dishes – and enjoy butter’s triumphal return!

For more insights on butter, check out this discussion I had with Seamus Mullen, the amazing chef at Tertulia restaurant in NYC…A Chef and Doctor Talk about Butter on the cool new website www.Medium.com.

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  • Anonymous

    I definitely like unsalted butter, never tried raw butter but will look for it, I can throw out this yogurt margarine .

  • LN1

    I think this topic about butter is very important to the U.S right now in regards to the types of butter that are out there. I understand now from this article that some people believe that they are putting more chemicals into butter. I know nobody wants that and I know that if you put that stuff into your body its going to have a nasty affect on it. I think we can clean up this mess and make butter a better thing to consume then it is now. I think reading this article, I’m sure that making better more nutritional butter is much better then “I cant believe its not butter”. with that being said I think farmers and the scientist should stop their madness and come to a solution.

  • Kdakota26

    I think this topic is very important considering I use butter for everyday foods . And I was so clueless to how unhealthy margarine & off brand butters were … It makes me wonder what is really in our foods today .! & the fact that this effected the amount of obesity people in the u.s just makes the brands look bad & I’m sure there profit has gone down since the truth came out ! I learned that I can’t always just pick something up and stuff it into my mouth which is what I usually do ,I have to start reading labels and watching what I eat ! This was a good thing to know !

  • MK9

    Butter gives so much flavor to you and many varietites for food. Margarine can develope many symptoms of heart disease, diabetes & obesity. Butter has an increase on high saturated fats but research shows that organic, grassfed provides body benfits. Studies show that reduced fats intake does not look to vdecrease heart atteck, but might be a different effect to it. Many vitamins/minerals are in a stick of butter like Vitamin A, K2, E, D and CLA.Many more minerals woould be zinc, copper, lecithin, selenium, idodine and more Key health supporting nutrients and minerals including lecithin, selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iodine and more. Never drown your foods in butter because you can get the risk of being to overweight or your diabetes would increase.

  • RP2

    I think that butter is a very important topic that all Americans need to learn about in order to keep a healthy diet. The article states that butter is not as fattening as most of the population thinks. it has vitamins that include, CLA, vitamin A,D, and E as well as vitamin K2. I also learned that the best ind of butter to buy is organic, or grass-fed because it is higher in nutrients. Butter is a food that is meant to eat a couple times a week or less. Just because it has nutrients doesn’t mean that it should be in you daily diet.

  • paul

    PG1
    I think this article is one of the best ones to read about seeing it shows the world how bad butter and margarine is for you. It says that margarine was made to stop obesity and all that but here yet it was only making it worse. Is should show people that if its not broken don’t try to fix it. Also it does say that margarine is one of the worst things for you so just stay away from it.

  • NC2

    This article has taught me about the undermined benefits of butter. Everything that I had known is a lie. I’ve always thought that butter would bring certain unhealthiness and heart risks until now. Butter is tasty and can really enhance some flavors, so this article means a lot to me. Now that I am aware of butters potential to carry Vitamins A, D, E K2, and even some CLA, I can now resume my consumption of butter without worry of health or disease. Margarine, on the other hand, deserves a special place to rot on the bottom of trashcans, with its sick and twisted processed contents and its misconception as a “healthy alternative”. The very idea of margarine disgusts me. As a country, we must overcome these lies and turn to the only true truth- which is butter.

  • AL6

    i think that this is a very important topic in the world today considering how many people use butter on their everyday foods.It is quite a shock to me that butter can actually be used in a healthy diet. i had no idea that butter carried many nutritious vitamins in it as it does. although, just because butter has nutrition, it is best to only eat a couple of times a week. even though it has nutrition, Organic butter is the best kind of butter to get and use in your meals.

  • KK5

    I think butter is an important topic. With most Americans eating what they want without even knowing, it is easy to get carried away. We do not realize it but butter is in just about everything. However when we go to eat things, we put even more on our food. I think the main focus of this article was to let people know to try to watch what they eat especially with butter. Butter does have some benefits, however manage how much of it you eat because too much of it can be harmful.

  • AV1

    this article shows that early on butter was said to be unhealthy but margarine is healthy. in the article as time went by researchers found out that butter is actually healthier than margarine. and it use to be said that butter has no healthy substances was proven wrong when researchers found that butter can actually be useful in helping certain body functions.

  • LF2

    I learned that butter actually isn’t such a bad thing to eat. It has good nutrients and vitamins. Although it still has fat in it, it is good to have but only on occasion. Also its better to get organic raw butter. It is better to get that because it is usually fresh and not sent through a company that adds things, rather then it be fresh from the farm. So now I know that butter isn’t as bad as people say it is, and that it is okay to use in a meal just not to use so much of it.

  • MC2

    I learned that butter, surprisingly enough, is actually good for you. Used correctly and eaten minimally, that is. After all of the years of labeling butter as a terrible food, organic, grass fed, non pasteurized butter is very good for you and full of vitamins. It is important for all people to know this because i think it is fair to say that butter and margarine are two very broad and confused topics among Americans. The sooner that we educate ourselves on topics like these, the sooner we can start leading a healthier country and start making healthier decisions while shopping for food.

  • MB1

    The article taught me that butter could be surprisingly good for you- as long as you don’t go overboard. After all the years of people dissing butter and praising margarine, the tides have finally turned. Butter is actually super good for you, with plenty of vitamins minerals and nutrients in it. But the only way to get the most out of butter, is to buy it organic, raw and grass-fed. Although you’ll probably have to pay more for it, it will most definitely pay off in the long run.

  • SP1

    I learned that butter has turned out to be better than margin. Personally, I could never tell the difference of taste between the two, but I always stuck with butter.Although margin was made to be healthier it can actually cause a lot of health problems. It is nice to know that grass-fed butter actually contains a lot of nutrients. As long as we eat it in moderation, grass-fed butter is good for you.

  • AR

    i think that butter is like a double edged sword. It tastes good and has some helpful nutrients, but at the same time it can hurt in multiple ways. I think that butter should be watched in your daily intake to make sure that you don’t eat to much. On top of that butter is better for you than margarine so if your going to have on of the two pick butter.

  • AR

    i think that butter is like a double edged sword. It tastes good and has some helpful nutrients, but at the same time it can hurt in multiple ways. I think that butter should be watched in your daily intake to make sure that you don’t eat to much. On top of that butter is better for you than margarine so if your going to have on of the two pick butter.

  • iva

    About pasture fed, grass fed. Dr. L calls the greens “leafy greens” – the only leaf in there might be an occasional clover or alfalfa leaf, otherwise, it’s green grass – that’s why it’s called grass fed.
    I find that I eat LESS of other food if I use the real butter. Like a piece of bread with real butter on it is immensely filling, and there is no need for more bread.

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  • crappy mcpoopkins

    this article is an utter pile of crap. i literally hate it so much that i want to kill butter.

  • crappy mcpoopkins

    this article is an utter pile of crap. i literally hate it so much that i want to kill butter.

  • mrcrap

    i didn’t even read this and i already know it is a piece of **** and drfranklipman, you dont know what the **** you’re doing butter toast 101

  • mrcrap

    it works