Fascinating facts about butter
By Jamila Dawoodi
It’s healthier than you think. Butter has none of the artificial trans fats (associated with the “bad” cholesterol) you get in margarine. If it’s from grass-fed cows’ milk. It also has CLAs, and equal amounts of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Butter is a source of Vitamin A, which is great for hair, eyes, and skin, as well as Vitamins E, D, and K.
The world’s earliest butter was made from the milk of yak, sheep and goats—not cows, Camel, reindeer, mare and water buffalo also provided milk for thousands of years.
Butter was involved in some Celtic pagan practices, and in Ireland, it was believed that a “witch” could use magic to steal the neighbour’s “butter luck.” People had all sorts of practices for preventing such supernatural disasters.
An ancient method of butter making, still used today in parts of Africa and Near East involves a goatskin half filled with milk and inflated with air before being sealed. The skin is then hung with ropes on a tripod of sticks and rocked until the movement leads to the formation of butter.
Butter is one of the most complexes of all dietary fats, containing more than 400 different fatty acid
A few years ago, butter was considered to be unhealthy, mostly due to the high saturated fat content. However, the public and scientific opinion are slowly shifting in favour of butter consumption.
Butter was so precious to the Norsemen that they were buried with large tubs full of the stuff to take with them into the afterlife.
In antiquity, butter was used for fuel in lamps as a substitute for oil.
By the 1860s, butter had become so in demand in France that Emperor Napoleon III offered prize money for an inexpensive substitute to supplement France’s inadequate butter supplies.
Butter helps you lose weight. White butter contains lecithin, a substance that helps in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents. This makes you break down and use fats more efficiently, helping you actually lose weight.
It takes around 21 pounds of milk to just make a pound of butter.