Butter.

Butter on all the things.

I have been reading a lot about butter.

Pop quiz:

  1. Do you use butter?
  2. When I say BUTTER what do you think?
  3. If you do use butter, how do you use it? How often?

I am going to sip some coffee while I let you think about that...

...some delicious butter coffee nom nom nom omm.

(Have you heard of butter coffee aka bulletproof coffee? Curious? Go check it out here.)

Kerrygold Butter is an excellent choice.

Kerrygold Butter is an excellent choice.

Okay, lets go back to our butter contemplation.

As you can probably tell from above, I am a fan of butter. More correctly I am a fan of butter from happy cows aka grass fed cows living off the land like they were meant to do. Fortunately for us this type of butter is pretty easy - and affordable - to come by these days.

 As you might know I grew up in the Midwest on a diet of everything low-fat and that included my buttery spread. My family was a big-time fan of margarine (what's up Country Crock in the huge tub!). I didn't even really get exposed to butter until later in life, I remember being a teenager and having toast at a friend's house - they put butter on the toast and I was like WHAT IS THIS MAGICAL SPREAD?! I had no idea how magical it truly was -

Butter is good for us for so many reasons, here are just a few: 

  1. It rocks in providing us with fat-soluble vitamins (most notably A, E, and K2). Vitamins are needed to keep our bodies functioning and the problem with a lot of our food is that it lacks proper nutrients. We are a society of good enough rather than how do I optimize the eff out of everything which vitamins help us to do. 
  2. You NEED fat to absorb vitamins. Vitamins A,D,E, and K are ALL fat-soluble vitamins, which means you need fat to be able to process them effectively. Otherwise they are un-usable by the body (lame).
  3. Butter vs. Margarine. Butter actually lowers our risk for Cardiovascular Heart Disease in comparison to margarine which seems to raise our risk. When I learned this I was like WHAT how are they able to call margarine "heart healthy"??! How?! You can check out more at PubMed here.
  4. Butter is a great source of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which has been linked in various studies show it to support better body composition/metabolism and is even sold as a weight loss supplement.
  5. Lastly, butter is amazing for the brain. It helps with clearing brain fog, it helps in thinking, it helps in satiating your body. 

Anecdotally, I can tell you that upping my butter intake has only helped me improve my health and I have not noticed any negative side-effects. Send me a note to ask me more if you desire.

As with everything, people are people and some people need more fat, others need less. Butter is a really interesting and tasty tool in a your toolkit and if you haven't thought about it, or played with how you consume it - I recommend giving it a whirl.