Pasture-raised animal products like grass-fed beef, bison, buffalo or lamb, pasture-raised organic pork, and raw cheese from grass fed cows, though not yet as easily available in the market as their feedlot-raised counterparts, are becoming popular because of the apparent health benefits that they deliver. One other food product that is slowly catching the attention of health conscious individuals is grass-fed butter. Hailed for its delectably rich flavor, grass-fed butter, too, has a lot to boast in the nutrient and micronutrient department.
Read further and discover more about the benefits of organic grass-fed butter and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you include this source of dietary fats to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
Organic Grass-Fed Butter Benefits:
Much like other grass-fed and pasture-raised animal products, grass-fed butter, too, has a more balanced omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids ratio. Both are essential fatty acids, which means they are not produced by the body and therefore have to be supplemented via one’s diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are hailed for their efficient anti-inflammatory effect. Omega-6 fatty acids’ effect in the body, meanwhile, is more of a pro-inflammatory agent. This being said, maintaining a balanced ratio between these two fatty acids is one of the key factors to maintaining optimum health. The American diet is notorious for having such high omega-6 fatty acids levels though, and so eating organic grass-fed butter may then help address this imbalance.
Organic grass-fed butter is a potent source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) as well. CLA has been found to be a potent anti-cancer agent, as evidenced in an animal study where the administration of CLA halted the maturation of mammary tumors in rats.
Though undoubtedly fat-rich, organic grass-fed butter may just help in your weight loss goals if you include it on a regular basis in your diet. The one responsible for this is again the high CLA content of organic grass-fed butter. In a study, individuals were provided conjugated linoleic acid as a dietary supplement and the results were promising as said CLA administration resulted in measurable loss of body fats in the human subjects.
Lastly, organic grass-fed butter is rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins A, D and E. This recommended source of dietary fats is also a good source of vitamin K2, crucial compounds that when in balanced levels in the body ensure bone density health. Vitamin K2 also functions by ensuring that calcium indeed goes to the bones instead of in the veins, thus directly guarding against stroke by inhibiting vascular calcification.
Organic Grass-Fed Butter’s Practical Uses:
Use organic grass-fed butter like you would any store-bought regular butter. The great thing is that this healthier option is certainly more flavorful than its ordinary counterpart. Because this is so, your dishes will surely be far tastier.
Also, whenever you can, opt to use organic grass-fed butter as replacement for other types of unhealthy sources of dietary fats like margarine, for instance. Any recipe that requires fats or oils like homemade baked goods, sautéed vegetables, or creamy soups can easily be made even more delectable when you add organic grass-fed butter into it.
Organic grass-fed butter, especially the unsalted versions, normally have a shorter shelf life. This is why it is crucial to place it in a butter dish and stored in the refrigerator when not in use to ensure freshness.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the benefits of ghee and why you should eat it to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the dietary sources of fats on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Meat
- Olive Oil
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Organic Grass-Fed Butter
- Organic Yogurt (Full-Fat)
- Free Range Eggs (With Yolk)
- Grass-Fed Beef, Bison, or Buffalo or Lamb
- Sardines, Anchovies or Haddock in Water or Olive Oil
- Wild Salmon, Trout, Tilapia, Flounder
- Triglyceride-Based Fish Oil
- Pure Cod Liver Oil
- Raw Nuts (Except Peanuts)
- Raw Seeds
- Almond Butter
- Palm Oil
- Cold Press Flax Oil
- Organic Peanut Butter
- Coconut Ice Cream
- Dark Chocolate
- Roasted Nuts
- Roasted Seeds
- Regular Peanut Butter
- Regular Butter
- Non-Organic Meats
- Any ‘Spreadable’ Condiments
- Farmed Fish
- Commercial Salad Dressings
- Safflower Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Canola Oil
- Cottonseed Oil
- Commercial Flax Oil
- Soy Ice Cream
- Regular Ice Cream
- Milk Chocolate
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