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How Healthy is your Butter?

Prepared from cream and churned until it reaches a solid state, butter (salted or unsalted) provides several health benefits. Butter helps the body to absorb minerals (calcium, magnesium, selenium and iodine), produce sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) and provide fertility-supporting vitamins (A, D, E and K). However, its fat content also poses health threat for many.

Butter has fat that helps the body absorb many of the healthy nutrients found in vegetables. It especially helps in the absorption of carotenoids, effective disease-fighting antioxidants present in vegetables. Presence of lecithin in butter helps to enhance cholesterol metabolism. Butter eases absorption of essential vitamins (A, D, E and K). Vitamin D present in butter helps in absorption of calcium, which shields teeth against decay. Contains arachidonic acid, which is vital for brain functioning. It fulfills the basic fat requirement of the body, which is 30 percent of the total calorie intake.

A single spoon of butter has 30 milligrams of cholesterol and 7 grams of saturated fat. The daily intake of saturated fat, however, should be no more than 15 grams. Keep a count of calories when you have butter delicacies. Neither saturated fat nor cholesterol is good for heart health. Therefore, butter with high saturated fat should be avoided when preparing foods.

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