Is Butter Healthy? 4 Reasons You Should Enjoy Eating Butter

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Yes, butter is healthy. Not just any butter, though! When you use butter from grass-fed cows, you’re choosing a healthy food. 

Here are my four main reasons why you should not fear butter: 

  1. Butter is nutrient-dense.

Some of the essential nutrition you can find in grass-fed butter and dairy:

  • Vitamin A. Giving grass-fed butter its bright yellow color, vitamin A is necessary for thyroid and adrenal health. Vitamin A is most easily absorbable through grass-fed butter.
  • Lecithin. Lecithin is essential for cholesterol metabolism, making your body more efficient at breaking down fat.
  • Antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your cells from free radical damage.
  • Vitamins E and K. Vitamin K2 is especially rare in modern diets and can have powerful health impacts. K2 even in low doses has been associated with protecting against serious diseases such as cardiovascular, cancer, and osteoporosis.

Although French people consume more butter through their daily meals, Americans consume less but are more likely to suffer from heart disease. If you are convinced that butter causes heart disease, read this article that dives deeper into the truth about butter and our health. 

  1. When you eat fat, you burn fat.

If you balance the amount of fat you consume, you will not retain fat. You will actually burn fat more efficiently.

There is a similar myth that eating carbohydrates will make you fat. However, the key is the way your body metabolizes all three macronutrients for energy: fat, protein, and carbs. Each person has a very different metabolism, and our unique bodies respond differently to varying ratios of fat, protein, and carbs. The quality of these nutrients matters immensely, and is dependent on your own metabolizing capabilities. One person might eat large quantities of grass-fed butter and feel fantastic, another might not. Another might eat potatoes everyday and have high energy, another might feel lethargic. It’s all about finding the balance, not removing one of these macronutrients from your diet entirely.

The truth is, butter will help your body burn fat. In his book Eat Fat, Get Thin, Dr. Mark Hyman references many studies that show significant weight loss in individuals with a regular (healthy) fat intake.

To be clear, I am not recommending a high-fat diet! Extreme diets are never a good long-term solution. If you want to have a healthy relationship with food, you need to find the right ratio of fat, protein, and carbs that works for YOU.

  1. Good fat keeps you satiated longer.

Adjusting your healthy meal plan by adding some butter to your breakfast (and instead eliminating sugar) will help you feel satiated until lunch. Because fat yields so much energy, it creates a slower and more sustained burn than carbohydrates and protein. Eating fat also shuts off the hunger and craving centers of the brain.

Alain Delabos is a famous French doctor who invented “chrono-nutrition.” His belief is that any food is beneficial if consumed following the body’s biological clock. According to Delabos, only people with Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) should avoid eating butter. For the rest of the population trying to lose weight, he recommends eating “pain de campagne” with butter and cheese for breakfast. He also recommends eliminating milk, but French cheese is a different story … a French love story!

  1. Butter is delicious!

My son often asks me to give him a piece of butter to eat all by itself. He doesn’t know how healthy butter is, he only knows it tastes really yummy! I’d rather have him eat straight butter than a sugary sweet snack, or unhealthy over-processed Goldfish crackers. 

The bottom line: stop fearing butter. Butter is not your enemy! Butter from grass-fed cows is actually healthy and very beneficial to add to your diet. In my healthy meal planning through Fast French Food, many recipes feature delicious grass-fed butter. So enjoy! The French know what’s good.