It’s all about the Butter!
I have these conversations with friends, family and clients all the time. Butter is bad. Butter is good. I’m allergic to dairy I can’t have butter. So when it comes down to it what is really the best option. I personally use Ghee, Keri gold and Coconut Oil in my household depending on what it’s used for. Ever heard of Bullet Proof Coffee? It’s amazing and it’s just what I like to drink before I start my day or a long jog! Coffee, Keri Gold and Coconut oil blended together and creates the perfect froth on top!!
So most of us know Butter is better. But which brands of butter are better than others???
Organic – First and foremost, look for organic butter. This will ensure there are no growth hormones, antibiotics, harmful pesticides and GMOs being fed to the cows. Growth hormone that is used to raise cows conventionally is linked to cancer and often accumulates in highest concentration in animal fat.
Grass-fed – Grass-fed or pastured raised cows are going to be more nutritious than cows raised with grains. Also grass-fed cows produce butter with 50 percent more vitamin A and E and 400 percent more beta carotene
Ghee – Ghee is clarified butter where all the proteins, milk solids and lactose is removed. This makes the butter more digestible, concentrated with nutrients and really great for immunity building. Ghee does not need to be refrigerated, it can stay on the counter for a few months without going bad.
In an ideal world, you would be able to find butter that is both organic, grass-fed and no additives like Organic Valley (in the green foil wrapper), but sometimes that’s just not the case. In that circumstance, I would go for either an organic butter or grass-fed butter like Kerry gold. Choosing regular organic butter will lessen your exposure to pesticides but will also provide less nutrition since the cows will mostly be fed organic grains vs. grass.
Don’t Eat Butter? Here are some Vegan Substitutes – If you are vegan, skip all the “butter like” or fake butter spreads. Instead go for the 100% coconut oil, olive oil, or hemp oil instead.