Butter is a rich source of easily absorbed
vitamin A, needed a wide range of functions
in the body, from maintaining good vision,
to keeping the endocrine system in top
shape. Butter also contains all the other
fat-soluble vitamins (E, K and D).
Butter is rich in trace minerals, especially selenium, a powerful
Fatty Acids :
appreciable amounts of butyric acid, used by
the colon as an energy source. This fatty
acid is also a known anti carcinogen. Lauric
acid, a medium chain fatty acid, is a potent
antimicrobial and antifungal substance.
Butter also contains conjugated linoleic
acid (CLA) which gives excellent protection
against cancer. Range-fed cows produce
especially high level of CLC as opposed to
"stall fed" cattle. It Pays, then, to get
your butter from a cow that has been fed
properly. Butter also has small, but equal,
amounts of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids,
so-called essential fatty acids.
Despite all of the misinformation you may have heard,
cholesterol is needed to maintain intestinal
health, but is also needed for brain and
nervous system development in the young.
Again, this emphasizes the need for
cholesterol-rich foods for children. Human
breast milk is extremely high in saturated
fat and cholesterol.