Usually made from cow’s milk, butter is a very tasty dairy product used widely across the world. It’s highly likely that butter is part of your everyday diet. But do you know much about its nutritional value? Here’s a few nutrition facts about butter, to get you up to speed…
Butter is a high calorie food as it is mainly composed of fat. 14 grams of butter can have around 100 calories.
14 grams of butter also contains 0.01 grams of carbohydrates, 11.52 grams of fat and 0.12 grams of protein.
Butter contains more than 400 different fatty acids. Around 70% is saturated fatty acids while monounsaturated fatty acids make up approximately 25%. Polyunsaturated fatty acids only make up about 2.3%. Cholesterol and phospholipids are other types of fatty substances that are found in butter.
Approximately 11% of saturated fats are short-chain fatty acids, and butyric acid is the most common type of this. Butyrate, a form of butyric acid, has been observed to reduce inflammation. It has also been used in treatment for Crohn’s disease.
Butter is also rich in vitamins, and these include Vitamin A, D, E and B12. However, since you consume butter in small amounts usually, it does not contribute a lot to your daily intake of these vitamins.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a common type of dairy trans fats. This has proved to be effective against some types of cancers in animal studies.
When eating high amounts of saturated fat, LDL cholesterol in your blood is increased. This is a risk factor for heart disease.
Due to its high-fat content, excessive consumption of butter should be avoided!
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