How healthy is bread and butter?

Ever wonder why butter has long been a subject of controversy in the world of nutrition.

While some say that it cranks up cholesterol levels and clogs your arteries, others claim that it can be a nutritious and flavorful addition to your diet.

It all depends upon your situation.

If the consequence of not eating is to die, or if you are malnourished or starving, then eating bread and butter is extremely healthy to eat. 

If you are living a lifestyle that requires you to consume lots of calories to maintain your body weight, eat up!

If there is an insane bread baker and an insane butter maker holding guns to your head, threatening to pull the  triggers if you do not eat up? Very healthy!

If eaten in moderate amounts, in conjunction with a balanced variety of other foods also in moderate amounts, then yes it is healthy to eat.

But….

If it is the only thing you eat, several whole loaves and sticks per sitting, 10 times a day, and parts of your body are failing from lack of certain nutrients, probably not so healthy.

If you are morbidly obese, bed bound, have high cholesterol levels, clogged arteries, had a triple bypass, maybe not a good idea.

If the bread is moldy, the butter rancid and spoiled, probably not.

If you have medically diagnosed severe allergies to wheat and dairy proteins, not so much either.

Like anything in this world, when eaten in moderation as part of a wide variety of other foods, bread and butter is just as healthy as eating any other food.

Fortunately, a lot of research has been conducted in recent years evaluating the potential health effects.

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What is Butter?

Butter is a dairy product made by churning milk, a process separating the solid fats from the liquid, known as buttermilk.

This is high in saturated fat. Though saturated fat may not be linked to a higher risk of heart disease, replacing it with polyunsaturated fat is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular events.

Although it is also made from the milk of other mammals like sheep, goats, and buffalo, this article focuses on butter made from cow’s milk.

Many different types are available, including salted, unsalted, grass-fed, and clarified each of which varies based on their respective ingredients and production method.

Due to its high concentration of fat, butter has a rich flavor and creamy texture.

This comfort food for a reason; the mix of starch and fat triggers the pleasure centers of your brain, making it a “feel-good” snack. Bread and butter can provide the calories you need to add pounds to your frame, and it can definitely fit into a weight-gain diet, but it shouldn’t make up the majority of your diet. Eat bread and butter in moderation, along with plenty of sources of protein, for the healthiest weight gain.

Butter Nutrition

Even though is a natural food made from cow’s milk, it is 80 percent milk fat. Getting too much fat in your diet increases your risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, and adults should limit their intake to 20 to 35 percent of calories. One tablespoon of butter contains 100 calories, 11 grams of total fat and 7 grams of saturated fat. Whipped butter, which is butter that has air whipped into it, is a little better with 70 calories, 7 grams of total fat and 5 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon. Most butter has an expiry date on it.  It should be stored well-wrapped in foil away from any strong odors and in the coldest part of the refrigerator.  Foil is used to prevent exposure to light and air which can cause the butter to oxidize and become stale.  Check your butter’s freshness by cutting a small slice and the outside of the butter should be the same color as the inside.  If the outside is a darker color than the inside the butter has oxidized. 

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