Like me, this food is often misunderstood. It has received a bad rep over the past several years, but it used to be a superstar. Just like many superstars of today, this food reached is peak of fame and then fell hard. It is now starting to regain popularity.
Many of you won’t believe your eyes and will question my sanity when I tell you that one of the 150 healthiest foods in the world is none other than…..Butter. Yes, you did not misread that. Butter is one of the healthiest foods in the world.
When I read that butter was a healthy food in Dr. Jonny Bowden’s 150 of the Healthiest Foods on Earth, I decided that it would be a perfect opportunity to celebrate with homemade brownies and my Mom’s famous chocolate frosting.
I know that this goes against everything you’ve ever been told about butter, but butter is good for you, mainly because of the CLA, conjugated linolenic acid. CLA has anticancer properties and can fight weight gain, especially around the abdomen. Studies have shown that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. CLA has even been shown to increase metabolic rate, lower cholesterol, lower insulin resistance and enhance the immune system.
Butter also is rich in vitamins A, E, K and D. It also is full of antioxidants, selenium and iodine. Check out the Top 20 Health Benefits of Butter for more information.
I know that many of you are saying, “but what about the saturated fat?” Well, multiple recent studies have shown that while saturated fat may raise cholesterol, it raises both the good and bad kinds. Therefore the net result on your health is neutral. These studies have also brought quite a bit of debate around the claim that an increase in cholesterol results in higher rates of heart disease or mortality. For more information on this debate check out the book Nourshing Traditions by Sally Fallon or visit the Weston A. Price foundation.
Bottom line: You are much better off consuming natural, organic butter than trans-fat filled margarine. Of course I still believe that moderation is key, especially because butter is high in calories and too many calories will result in weight gain. But it is good to know that you can use the good stuff when you decide to treat yourself.
So, celebrate my birthday with me and make yourself a decadent dessert tonight with my Mom’s famous chocolate frosting.
Mom’s Chocolate Frosting
- 1 stick of real, organic butter (not margarine)
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 6 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2-3 Tbsp milk
- Soften the butter either on the counter or in the microwave. Beat the butter with a mixture until light and fluffy.
- Add powdered sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder and milk.
- Beat at a high-speed until the mixture turns light brown and fluffy. Add more milk to obtain your desired consistency
Now, this conversation can be a lot of fun, how do you enjoy butter? Have a special decadent recipe? Have a treat that you enjoy on your birthday? Please share!