Q: It’s hard for me to choke down “healthy” foods like broccoli or baked potatoes without putting butter on them. Is it unhealthy or going to ruin my diet if I put a slab of butter on these foods?
A: Butter is one of those foods that have gotten a bad rap over the years, mostly due to peoples misconceptions of fat. Remember the old low fat craze?
However, in moderation, that little slab of butter you put on your food is not bad for you, and may even have some health benefits! See also 9 Healthy Foods You Thought Were Junk.
Health Benefits Of Butter
So, how is butter actually healthy for you?
- A slab of butter only has roughly 30 calories, but fat naturally is satiating and will help you feel fuller longer.
- Saturated fats, which once were thought to be bad for you based on bad science, can actually raise good cholesterol (HDL). It’s also composed of stearic and palmitic acids, which research shows may also improve cholesterol.
- Butter is rich in fat soluble vitamins like A, E and K2
To answer your question though, no, in moderation butter is not bad for you.
More so, if a little butter gets you to eat more veggies then the benefits far outweigh any potential negatives.
So, go ahead and enjoy your butter!