Is Your Butter Healthy?

Is Your Butter Healthy?

Is Your Butter Healthy?For most of us, butter is used in our daily routine.

We spread it on our toast, our morning bagels, sometimes we even cook with it, so making sure that we use the best butter for our health seems imperative.

But is all butter the same?

If you search online, you’ll be sure to find an abundance of articles about the benefits of “real” butter but what differentiates the real from the fake?

There are several types of butter which are listed below alongside their common uses.

Unsalted Butter – This is your traditional butter used predominantly in baking.

Cookies, pie crusts, and cupcakes are all created from this marvellous wonder.

This variety is made using only milk or cream and is made up of at least 80% of the fat particles.

Salted Butter– Much the same as the unsalted sort, this butter is created using one main ingredient: milk and or cream.

The difference between the two? You guessed it- salt.

Organic Butter – When we shop for our groceries, we try to keep the costs down as much as we can by reducing unnecessary spending.

We may decide against spending the extra for organic butter because we don’t realize the benefits of purer, non tampered with butter.

This butter has been produced from cows who haven’t been pumped full of antibiotics, and haven’t been subject to GMO’s.

Whipped Butter – Some of us like to count calories.

Whipped butter is pumped through with gas, usually nitrogen, to reduce the calories and the density of our butter.

It was developed for ease of use, for spreading on toast. It’s not usually used in cooking.

European Style Butter – Where regular unsalted butter only contains around 80% of milk fat, European style butter contains a higher percentage, usually between 82 and 85%.

It therefore tastes more creamy and is great on croissants.

Light Butter – The milk fat content in lighter butter sits at around 40% and because of that, it has fewer calories and is currently very popular in the market.

As it has such a low fat content, the bulk consists of water, lactic acid and other fillers.

Butter-like Spread (or margarine)– This type of butter is actually rarely butter at all!

Usually consisting of oils and fillers, this variety of spread is best used in sandwiches for a lower calorie option.

Real butter is defined by its ingredients, or lack of. Real butter is made from milk, cream, or a mixture of the both, making it pure and healthy.

After all, real butter is rich in Vitamin A which is vital for adrenal and thyroid conditions, it protects against tooth decay, and boosts immunity due to its naturally forming conjugated linoleic acid.

Great examples of healthy butters include Ghee clarified butter and Yeo Valley.


What’s in your butter that’s harmful?

Unfortunately, some butters contain harmful chemicals such as additives and artificial flavouring that can cause sinister effects on our bodies. What is even more concerning is the way our food is produced as the use of GMO’s can induce negative side effects throughout our body.

What is GMO?

Genetically modified organisms are where the cell structure of a plant is modified to adapt a certain lifestyle.

For instance, in theory, by adding certain cells the plant could be grown to become more resistant and withstand conditions which may have caused crop failure in natural, unmodified plants.

This process does not currently follow a set of standards, meaning it can cause allergic reactions and intolerances in consumers.

The development of GMO crops also incorporate bacterial and viral cells in their research, which could lead to a new strain of disease or illness.

When we use these types of non organic foods to feed our livestock we produce potentially infected foods such as butter and milk.

Unfortunately, this is common practice in our farming industry as grass fed cows don’t produce as much milk as those who are fed on GMO corn and soy.

For instance, Dean Foods and Land O Lakes claims that their products do not contain GMO ingredients, although they feed their cows GMO crops.

What about the additives in our food?

In addition to GMO’s in our food, we should also be wary of additives: artificial ingredients, preservatives, and GMO oils.

Preservatives sound great in theory, produce longer lasting food to sit in your cupboards, meaning less grocery trips and less waste.

In practice, regulations cannot guarantee that these additional contents to our food do not induce adverse effects on our bodies.

Potassium Sorbate is a preservative that is used in butters such as “I can’t believe it’s so good” and other cheaper spreads.

Side effects of this synthetically produced chemical include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

There is a small chance that these added ingredients can lead to something a lot more sinister.

When sodium benzoate is combined with ascorbic acid it can create benzene which can lead to the development of Leukemia and other types of cancer.

Butter is made from milk and cream. When other ingredients are listed such as “natural flavour” or citric acid, it’s worth assessing to see if there are other options available.

Commonly, a chemical called Annatto is added to the butter to give it a yellow appearance.

This plant leaf and seed derivative is often used to make medicine to treat diabetes, malaria, and hepatitis but it currently has not been researched thoroughly enough to produce any definite results with regard to safety.

When we choose what food to consume, including the butter we spread on our toast, it’s vital to understand the process it has been through before it reaches our shelves.

When choosing real and healthy options for our butter we should consider organic and pure produce and put our health first.

Besides butter, most of the foods we eat today are mostly genetically modified.

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About the Author:

Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Learn how you can lose weight fast – How to lose weight by adding these alkaline foods.

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23 responses to “Is Your Butter Healthy?”

  1. Larry Miller Avatar
    Larry Miller

    Couple things. Butter article was useful But you did not, though I thought you said you would. tell me/us what brands are best. I generally, having done some research n the past, pick the gold or green (no diff I can tell) Kerry butters, pref unsalted.

    You suggest Next Page but that is an ad–the weasel word kind that keeps promising info till you have read it all (I don’t bother).

    I have to check if GMO’s is right or GMOs, a straight up plural with no apostrophe. I think both are.

    1. Sandra Howell Avatar
      Sandra Howell

      The article did mention 2 heathy butters: Ghee clarifird butter and Yeo Valley.

    2. George Avatar

      KerryGold is the best butter I have found in stores. Online you can buy a number of organic ghee’s

  2. Maria Rose Avatar
    Maria Rose

    Thanks to sites like this, I try to keep additives outof the foods I do eat. Trick is finding the products available. when we have companies more concerned with profit than creating healthy products.

  3. Bonnie Avatar

    what about ghee?

  4. Pat Caputo Avatar
    Pat Caputo

    Informative! Have made notes which I will bring to store.

  5. Patti Avatar

    We want the butter that has NO things. You are very careful not to mention names of butter which adds up to be NO info.
    I see this in a lot of your emails on products. Either give which products…names or why make us think you are giving any information

  6. Madan Kaura Avatar
    Madan Kaura

    Information is not complete. This happens many time, but not from reputable sources. When such thing happens one start thinking the seriousness of contents.

  7. john sniegowski Avatar
    john sniegowski

    Sooooooo, what butter is the best?

    1. John Avatar

      Read carefully at the article dude. It does tell you exactly which butter is the best.

  8. Ilene Avatar

    You can make your own pure butter from heavy cream. Pure heavy cream(nothing else), shake in a glass jar until solid. Used to do this with my second grade class when we did “cooking”. They loved it AND a great workout if you switch arms,

  9. Ann Hudon Avatar
    Ann Hudon

    Geez, I read the entire article which was interesting, but
    I understood you would show which ones, to avoid,
    and you never really did that, though I guess I could
    presume the pictures of butter are the ones I ought to
    stay away from? I really expected a list of brands to avoid
    and I felt teased to click the message, by the title of the email,
    and then I wanted it to be more clear.

  10. CR Avatar

    Larry Miller, she said “Great examples of healthy butters include Ghee clarified butter and Yeo Valley.”

    Thank you for this info Ms. Emma! I’m a bonafide Butterton as my husband calls me so I will be making a switch.

  11. F H wendling Avatar
    F H wendling

    Thanks, Larry, for your reaction to the article. Like you I don’t bother listening to the presentation/ad. Sorry but I find it a waste of time. Also, you’re right about the author’s unfulfilled “promise” to name the brands we should avoid.

    1. John Avatar

      Read carefully at the article dude. It does tell you exactly which butter to avoid.

  12. L Gozzard Avatar
    L Gozzard

    Why haven’t you told us the brands yo avoid in Australia

  13. Kez Avatar

    Please have your subject line be truthful! It says you’re going to tell me what BRANDS to avoid. Ithe article does not tell us what BRANDS to avoid. It’s your usual bait and switch, Miss Emma. I really wish you’d cut that crap.

    1. John Avatar

      Read carefully at the article dude. Where are your eyes?? It does tell you exactly which butter to avoid.

      – “For instance, Dean Foods and Land O Lakes claims that their products do not contain GMO ingredients, although they feed their cows GMO crops.”

  14. Jenny Lau Avatar
    Jenny Lau

    I know you cannot publishised those “butter” not a butter. For my own sakes please give the brand that I should buy and not to buy. Thanks

    Jenny Lau

  15. John Avatar

    Read carefully at the article dude. Where are your eyes?? It does tell you exactly which butter to avoid or buy.

    – “For instance, Dean Foods and Land O Lakes claims that their products do not contain GMO ingredients, although they feed their cows GMO crops.”

    1. Darlene Ehrsam Avatar
      Darlene Ehrsam

      John, we are saying that the headline made it seem there would be a list, which there wasn’t. You can stop waving your hand and saying “I know, I know”. We know YOU got it

  16. Florence F Bodnar Avatar
    Florence F Bodnar

    What are the natural brands your talking about

  17. Gwen Avatar

    I read with interest about the butter. I grew up in a household that only used butter, and margarine was used in baking.
    If only they had LURPAK – Danish butter is wonderful.
    I was interested to know about Land o Lakes as I consistently buy that brand and look for butter that is not GMO, but now I know the cows are fed on GMO crops I am switching to organic. Its probably worth the higher price in being healthy. Kerry Gold is also another good butter I have used intermittently but is expensive for 8 oz. Thank you for the information. I have food allergies which have developed in latter years and so seek to find the best pure products.

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