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Butter

Background

Humans have been eating butter for centuries, all around the world. The history of butter began when people started to domesticate animals like cows, sheep, and goats. It was also traditional for families to churn their own butter with their farm animals. Now butter of course is available as a popular grocery store item. Butter is a fat – like oil, margarine, lard, shortening, etc. – and can be part of a healthy diet in moderation.

Benefits

  • As mentioned, butter is a fat. One of the benefits of this is that it can easily carry fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, E, and K!
    • Vitamin A is used for your vision and proper immune system function.
    • Vitamin E also works to support your immune system, as well as acts as an antioxidant.
    • Finally, Vitamin K is important for your blood and bone turnover.
  • Butter contains healthy fatty acids such as the omega-6 acid conjugated-linoleic acid (CLA). There is some research to show that CLA may help battle inflammation.
  • Butter, unlike some hydrogenated margarine products, does not contain trans fats which may be harmful to your health and cholesterol levels if you consume too much.

Nutritional Value of 1 tsp (5 g) of Butter

  • 36 calories
  • 0 g carbohydrate
  • 0 g fibre
  • 04 g protein
  • 1 g fat

Did You Know

Although butter is very low in protein, it contains just enough whey to cause a reaction in those who have a whey protein allergy!

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