Butter, as of late, has been welcomed back into the health-conscious fitness sphere. New research suggests it’s not as bad as we once thought, and maybe even better than the oils we’ve been using in its place. “It makes foods like vegetables taste better, and the saturated fatty acid, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), helps improve body composition and leanness,” Scritchfield says. “Adding a teaspoon to sautéed vegetables will also help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (E, A, D and K),” she says. Choose butter from grass-fed cows; it has less saturated fat and more unsaturated (good) fatty acids, which can be stored in your muscle cells and provide that pumped-up look when you work out. They can also act as a fuel source during exercise.
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