Switching from conventional to organic butter may help reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Organically raised cows are bred without pesticides or drugs and are also kept in relatively humane conditions compared to nonorganically raised cows. All butter, however, is high in saturated fat, which is linked to high cholesterol levels. This food is best eaten in moderation.
The Organic Difference
When you buy nonorganic butter, the cow's feed may have contained herbicides, growth hormones, animal byproducts and sewage sludge, traces of which may appear on your plate. Some of these substances are carcinogenic, according to Princeton University, so choosing organic butter may potentially leave you less vulnerable to disease. Avoiding antibiotics may potentially reduce the risk of creating drug-resistant bacteria, some of which may affect humans, reports Princeton. Because pesticides often run off into water sources, choosing organic may also help protect your drinking water.
- Julia_Sudnitskaya/iStock/Getty Images