Remember the hissing globules of white butter on hot aloo paranthas or the snowy blobs swirling around soft gur on makki ki roti and sarson ka saag? White butter, or makhan, as it’s popularly referred to, ranks high on the nutrient index with its antiviral, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic properties.
Despite that, it has been made into a villain. “Make that mistake at your own peril,” says Delhi-based dietitian, nutritionist, and the founder of Diet Podium, Shikha Mahajan. “It protects your heart, boosts immunity and is good for your bones. White butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins E and A. Vitamin K2 present in it brings benefits associated with calcium intake, metabolism regulation, and cardiovascular health. You can consume up to two spoons a day,” she adds.
If you are looking at bucking up on the weight loss front, white butter can help. “It contains a relatively good amount of short and medium-chain fats that are metabolised differently than other fats and lead to increased fat burning,” explains Mahajan. “It is also a good source of butyrate, a fatty acid produced by bacteria found in the colon.
Butyrate can help prevent weight gain, by increasing energy expenditure and helping you to reduce food intake. It improves insulin function,” she shares. White butter is a superfood for children too. It comes with Vitamin B2, Vitamin D, as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. “It is rich in arachidonic acid, which is crucial for brain health and development in children. It is best to bring it in for consumption during breakfast or lunch,” says clinical nutritionist Jhanvi Kanakia Sanghvi.
Shilpi Madan for Sunday Standard