Health Benefits of Asparagus
If you're looking for more reasons to eat asparagus (other than the fantastic taste), here are some tidbits to win you over:
- low calories and carbohydrates
- high in vitamin A, K, and folate
- moderate amounts of vitamin C, E, thiamin, fiber, and protein
Why Butter? And More Specifically, Grassfed Butter?
What's the difference between grass-fed butter and regular butter? Excuse me while I quote myself (from my bulletproof coffee post):
This distinction is super important because grass-fed butter has something that regular butter doesn't have (even organic)--lots of vitamins!
Grazing on fresh grass allows the cows to absorb nutrients that imbue their milk, and thus butterfat, with vitamin A, D, E & K & K2. The characteristically deep yellow and sometimes orange color found only in grass-fed butter comes from high amounts of carotene (well known in carrots & sweet potatoes).
In addition, grass-fed butter contains a naturally occurring fatty acid known as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which have been shown in studies to reduce body fat mass in humans and animals (source).
Most importantly, grass-fed butter has high levels of a newly discovered vitamin called K2...this fat-soluble vitamin is created through fermentation. When a cow eats lots of fresh grass, their stomach ferments it and transforms the Vitamin K (also known as K1 and commonly found in leafy greens) into K2. Studies have shown that high amounts of K2 may help counteract the calcification of arteries, amongst other benefits (source)."
Why It's Important to Eat Asparagus With a Healthy Fat
Check out this article from The Nourished Kitchen for more info on fat-soluble vitamins.
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