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Benefits of Grass Fed Butter

Benefits of Grass Fed Butter

If you eat butter because you like it and it tastes good, you might want to switch to grass fed butter as it’s practically a superfood.  Modern research has proven that good fat is good, but some good fats are better than others and that’s the case for grass-fed butter.

Grass fed butter comes from the milk of cows who get their food from grazing in the pasture, not from a processed grain diet. The diet of grass-fed cows makes a huge difference in the quality of milk they produce, which is used to make grass fed butter. Grass fed butter is full of healthy fats, fatty acids and vitamins. Grass fed butter is not only healthier, it’s also creamier, and has more flavor and color.

Antioxidants

Grass fed butter contains high amount of anti-oxidants, which reduce metabolic oxidative stress and free radicals in the body. Grass fed butter contains high amounts of vitamin e and beta-carotene, as well as anti-oxidant isoflavones, lignans and the mineral antioxidants zinc and selenium. Grass fed butter contains 50% more Vitamin E and 4 times more beta-carotene than grain fed butter.

It’s Loaded with Fat and Fatty Acids

Butter is dairy fat and despite its simple creamy appearance, it’s actually quite complex. Grass fed butter is about 60% healthy saturated fat and contains nearly 400 different types of fatty acids, including high conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and Omega 3’s.

It’s Good for Your Bones & Arteries

Grass fed butter is loaded with Vitamin K2 which helps your body easily absorb and use calcium, Vitamin A and D to promote bone health. Grass is high in Vitamin K1, which gets converted to K2 during digestion. Because K2 makes calcium more bio-available for use in your bones, it also prevents calcification build-up in your arteries, which is one of the leading causes of heart disease. While our bodies make K2, we can’t make as much as we can eat in one tablespoon of butter which has approximately 15 mcg of the daily RDA of 90 mcg of K2.

It’s Good for Your Heart

Fortunately, the nutrition myth that dairy is bad for your heart has been scientifically debunked and we now know that the saturated fat in grass fed beef is in fact able to improve your blood lipid profile. The fat in grass fed beef raises the levels of good cholesterol, HDL and converts the bad cholesterol LDL from small to large, which neutralizes its harmful effects in the blood, these benefits combined reduce your risk of heart disease.

With all these benefits adding or switching to grass-fed butter is an easy choice. Grass fed butter can be used in the exact same way that regular butter can and there is no reason to make any adjustments when you use it. When shopping for grass fed butter, read the label and make sure it specifically states ‘organic’ and ‘grass fed butter’ or ‘pasture butter’. It’s often available at larger supermarkets, health food stores and local farmer’s markets.

Amanda Ashley
Amanda Ashley - Author

Amanda Ashley has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years and is a yoga instructor, functional movement coach and specialist in performance nutrition. She actively pursues her passion in the gym, on the yoga mat, the running trail and occasionally snowboarding down a mountain. Amanda has helped hundreds of clients reach their goals, through her rigorous training programs and delicious nutrition plans. You can catch up with Amanda on Instagram or Facebook.


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