Butter is Good for You? [infographic]

December 5, 2012 |  by  |  Food, Mind-Blowing

I love butter. Its delicious, but I didn’t know there were so many different types. I used to think only salted and unsalted butter existed and I still never knew the difference. (Okay.. I guess one has salt..) Now it seems butter has taken the advice from beef and started going grass-fed.

Ready for me to blow your mind? Grass-fed butter has Omega-3s, CLAs, antioxidants and its even chocked full of vitamins. Another stat that I can barely conceive is the relation of butter consumption from 1910 to 2000. Butter consumption back in the day was 18 pounds per capita (holy crap) compared to only 4 pounds per capita now. The unbelievable part of this is that heart disease was less than 10% of the population in 1910. Now almost half of the population dies due to heart problems.

Why has butter consumption dropped but heart health declined? Maybe there isn’t a correlation between the two. Did you know saturated fat has never actually been linked to heart disease? I didn’t. It seems like trans fat is the heart killer in this situation and that saturated fat I was talking about? Its actually good for you.

Butyrate is a short-chain saturated fat found in butter. It it has also been proven to help lab rats with a plethora of health problems and can help to reduce swelling in humans. Butter has and always will be apart of our life. Don’t be afraid of it. If you want to be more healthy maybe just stop going to drive-throughs. [Via]

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  • Frank Shin

    Really misleading to imply butter consumption prevents heart disease, without controlling for all the other things that are different from 1910.

    • Angela

      The author of this graphic is not saying that butter PREVENTS heart disease, he or she is saying that we have been misled. We have been told that butter is linked to high cholesterol and heart disease, but the fact is there has been little proof to back that up. Butter has been blamed on the increase in heart disease but as this author points out, butter consumption has declined over the last hundreds years so it can’t be even correlated to heart disease (and as we should all know correlation IS NOT causation). People have been eating butter for thousands of years and did not have the health problems that we have today. The problem is the highly processed vegetables oils like soy, canola, corn oil, etc (all which are also GMO too!).

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  • Liz

    Extremely misleading! Yes, butter is better for you than vegetable oil (or soy oil), but it is in no way good for you. With everything, a little butter is fine, but eating a diet mainly of butter will not improve your health.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1372177518 Serena Erizer

      I don’t believe anyone stated that you should eat a diet mainly of butter. And yes! It is in many way’s GOOD for you. Did you not read all of the vitamins, omega 3′s, beta carotene and antioxidants it has? It is very good for you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002601862921 Noah Infinity Sign

      What are you talking about, Liz?

  • Adriana

    I don’t think the IG is suggesting that we should consume butter by the bowl but to use it instead of other fats like veg/canola/soybean oil which are very unstable, promote inflammation and are just highly processed and somehow just seem unnatural and wrong. I’d take butter anyday over that stuff!

  • Me

    Butter in coffee? really?

  • Deane Alban

    I’m surprised your attribution link is to Huff Po, when they lifted it from http://www.bulletproofexec.com/butter-infographic/ I’m not with Bulletproof in any way, but what’s right is right!

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