The nutritional mantra that saturated fat is unhealthy and fattening is fading away. Back in 2013, a review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded: "There is no convincing evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease."
Butter is an excellent source of vitamin A, D and K, essential for the efficient absorption of calcium and phosphorus, so good for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin K also helps protect against bone calcification. Butter has anti-fungal properties too. Butter is rich in short- and medium-chain fatty acids, such as conjugated linoleic acids (CLA); these have a significant anti-tumour, anti-cancer action.
Butter from grass-fed cows has more CLA than those fed grain, so organic butter is the better option. The best is traditional farm butter, made from ripened cream, and found in farmers' markets.
I was disappointed however in how long it took me to find some butter from grass fed cows. With no farmers’ markets imminent I went on a search in the smaller local shops and then the larger stores. I eventually found that Tesco has a good range of organic butter, milk, and cheese, from grass fed cows.
From Calon Wen: “Our cows graze on clover-rich pastures that have not been treated with any sprays or chemicals. They also have plenty of exercise and fresh air out in the field through the year. We take great pride in the organic milk that our cows produce and we hope you enjoy it too.”
Because organic butter is free from antibiotics, GMOs, and pesticides, it’s a much better choice than conventional butter, margarine or other substitutes.
If you are tempted to grab a package of non-organic butter on your next shopping day, don’t do it. Organic butter may be more expensive, but its benefits over conventional butter and other alternatives make it a wiser choice in terms of our overall health, the environment, and dairy cows themselves.