Utterly Butterly Delicious!

Sharmila Chand

Who doesn’t like a nice buttery toast? But the word butter raises many eyebrows and it has got the bad image of a villain to stay away from. Avoid butter. It is not healthy. Aren’t we too used to hearing this??

Healthy diet and butter do not go together. Since past several decades, it has been blamed for everything from obesity to heart disease. However, the good news is that times are changing and so is the reputation of butter. From being a villain, it is getting closer to being a good comrade.

Health experts say, ‘It is advisable to consume butter in reasonable amount and paired with a balanced diet as well as regular exercise. There’s no reason to completely banish it from your diet. As with any food, excess is what gets us into trouble.’

Here are some important reasons why it’s time to bust the myth that butter is bad for us:

  • Butter is rich in Vitamin A necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.
  • Butter contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida.
  • Butter contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
  • It contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage and protect against weakening arteries.
  • Butter is rich in fat-soluble Vitamins including vitamins A, E and K2.
  • It is a very rich source of the vital mineral selenium.
  • It is said saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.

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Most of all – Flavour. “Nothing replaces the flavour of butter,” says Neeraj Tyagi, Executive Chef
Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi. A great fan of using butter in certain classic dishes, Chef Tyagi gives a recipe of one of his signature dishes – ‘Tortellini with mushrooms in brown butter’.

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Chef Tyagi gives reasons for using butter when he says, “Butter has a higher smoking point than olive oil and adds a lot of flavour to the dish. Butter also adds that silky, creamy texture to sauces and makes everything richer. Above all, it gives a nice shine to the pasta when served hot.” 

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Likewise, T. Sathiya Prakash, Executive Chef of DLF Emporio Restaurants, New Delhi is very proud of his exclusive butter dish, ‘Butter Garlic Prawns’. He says the dish illustrates a perfect flavour of butter and garlic.

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Did you know??

  • It is said that during the T’ang Dynasty in China, clarified butter represented the ultimate development of the Buddha spirit.
  • The ancient Irish, Scots, Norsemen and Finns loved and valued butter so much they were buried with barrels of it.
  • It was an old English custom to present newlyweds with a pot of butter as a wish for fertility and prosperity.