Although butter has had a bad reputation for quite a long time, the truth is that moderate consumption of butter presents no health risks. On the contrary, thanks to the substances found in this product, it can provide your body with many benefits.
People often confuse natural, healthy butter with the margarine sold at the supermarket, which is full of refined polyunsaturated oils, calories, preservatives and other components that are not good for your body. However, if you learn to differentiate a good butter from unhealthy margarine, you can enjoy this food and its benefits.
Why is butter healthy?
Butter is full of nutrients and saturated fats which are essential to keeping your body healthy. However, it should be noted that you should only consume small portions of butter, accompanied by healthy foods. The main benefits of butter are:
- Vitamins: natural butter is a nutritious food that provides you with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Vitamin A is considered essential to good vision and a strong immune system. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb more calcium, which in turn facilitates and strengthens many bodily functions.
- Minerals: one of the main minerals in butter is selenium. This powerful anti-oxidant has been associated with reduced cancerous growths, although this assertion has yet to be proven. Butter is also a good source of iodine, which is present in its most absorbable form.
- Fatty acids: butter and some of its saturated fats have anti-carcinogenic properties. Plus, it contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is said to contribute to cancer prevention and weight loss. Researchers have pointed out that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is mainly found in milk and butter coming from grass-fed cows.
- Lecithin: thanks to this substance, butter is also able to protect your cells from oxidative damage and help increase the metabolism of fats that cause increased cholesterol, among other things.
- Cholesterol: this is one of the main components that has caused butter to have such a bad reputation but, in truth, it is not completely bad for you. Illnesses associated with high cholesterol are often the product of excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates. Therefore, consuming small quantities of butter is not dangerous and could even benefit your health and help you reduce the risk of certain illnesses.
How do you make healthy, homemade butter?
After learning how to prepare this delicious homemade butter, you aren’t going to want to go back to buying that margarine you find at the store, which is quite unhealthy. With just two ingredients, you can make a smooth, delicious butter that you can then use along with other foods.
- 1/4 cup organic heavy cream.
- 3/4 teaspoon salt.
- Pour the heavy milk into the bowl of a standing mixer or a large jar with a good lid, making sure not to fill the container more than halfway.
- Then, start to vigorously whisk the cream for 10 minutes (or more, if necessary) until you have achieved the buttery texture you want. As you whisk, you will see that a white liquid will start to separate from the cream as the cream starts to take on a firm texture. This liquid is whey, and you don’t need it to make homemade butter. However, if you’d like, you can store it for another recipe.
- Keep whisking carefully until the butter has separated as much whey as possible.
- Once you have gotten rid of the whey, add a pinch of salt and whisk for a few more minutes. Then, once the butter has achieved a nice, firm texture, run it under water to get rid of the rest of the whey. You can place the butter in a sieve to make this process easier. After this step, your healthy, homemade butter will be ready to eat.
- Finally, remember to put your butter in a container and leave it in the refrigerator. Under these conditions, it will last up to one month.
Note: if you like, you can add flavors to your butter to give it a unique, delicious touch. For example, you can add finely chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, basil, chives, or others.