Why Butter Isn't Bad for You

Sara K. Larsen - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

While growing up I clearly remember the egg/butter cholesterol hysteria of the 80's and 90's. Companies convinced us that eggs and butter were bad for us because they consisted of mostly saturated fat. I grew up fearing butter because there were so many messages telling us it was unhealthy and Margarine was the healthy choice. 

Recently, butter has been making a comeback and the truth is finally coming out. The truth is that heart disease was rare in America at the turn of the century. It wasn't until we went on the low-fat craze did heart disease really spiral out of control. The truth is that saturated fats are not the enemy. In fact they are necessary for our body to function properly. 

Why You Need Saturated Fats:

  • Saturated fats are a valuable source of fat soluble vitamins, such as A, D, and K. These vitamins are necessary for reproduction, hormone regulation, bone health, immunity and much more.
  • Saturated fats are crucial for cell membrane structure and integrity.
  • Saturated fats are needed for bone development.
  • Saturated fats help raise good cholesterol (HDL). 

So the good news is that we can go back to eating butter (in moderation, of course) or even start eating it again if you were one of the millions duped into swapping it for unhealthy and unpalatable margarine.