5 Weird & Wonderful Things About Butter That Will Make You Love It Even More

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butterIs there anything more marvelous than butter? I slather it on my vegetables ever chance I get. I cook with it. I bake with it. I'm not a big fan of bread, but I'll have a slice just so I can spread on a thick layer of the stuff. There's a reason why slang for gold is "butter." Because yum.

Butter used to be a nutrition outlaw. Long ago, it got unfairly labeled as an unhealthy food, and the food travesty known as margarine was forced upon the world. Dark days indeed! But lately butter has been redeemed, and many happy eaters are enjoying it once again. But how much do we really know about this delightsome food? Here's nine fascinating facts about butter.

  1. It takes 21 pints of milk to make a pound of butter.
  2. Butter is made by agitating cream until the fats separate into butter and buttermilk. (The buttermilk you get from the store is artificially thickened.) In fact, you can make your own butter at home.
  3. Most bakers prefer to use unsalted butter.
  4. 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.
  5. Butter is a source of Vitamin A, which is great for hair, eyes, and skin, as well as Vitamins E, D, and K.
  6. 2 tablespoons of butter have about 8 grams of fat. About 30 percent is monounsaturated fat, the same fat in olive oil.
  7. Color can depend on the cow's diet. The more Carotene the cow gets from eating hay and greens, the more yellow you'll see in the butter, though some manufacturers add dye to enhance the yellow color.
  8. Butter tastes differently depending on how it's made. If you're lucky enough to get butter from a local family farm or in Europe you'll notice a cleaner taste. Butter made from raw milk can have a stronger flavor (well, I think it does). "Cultured" butter is considered the best butter.
  9. India is the largest producer of butter. Ghee, a kind of clarified butter, is an important ingredient in Indian cuisine.

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What's your favorite thing about butter?


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Madam... MadameGarlic

Oh, butter. Thank you for the interesting facts. Just a little bit can do the trick, and make mundane food glorious. And lots of butter is sublime.

houst... houstonmama65

It is very easy to make at home! And we also know butter is not one molecule away from being plastic.

tuffy... tuffymama

I love the grassfed organic stuff, and we buy local and New Zealand butter most often. The dogs' coats look really good since I switched their diets, and they get the butter in their breakfast every day. I can't believe people actually eat margarine. That crap will kill you.

Maggi... Maggie.ames

The taste...I've always baked with butter...read a clip on margarine the really opened my eyes. It said you could leave it outside for a week and NOTHING would land on it. No flys, no fleas, nothing. It also said something about spreading plastic on your toast...

bella... bellacazzate

This has been a public service announcement brought to you by the makers of Paula Deen.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

All things in moderation, bellacazzate... but it is better to eat butter than spread chemicals on your food!

butte... butterflyfreak

Real food all the way! Down with the faux foods!

heydo... heydooney

I use a lot of butter. Used to make my own when I was getting raw milk from a family farm.

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