I bought some Organic Valley cultured butter from the store. What is the benefit, if any?
cultured butter is 'better' in the sense that it has less lactose than non-fermented butter, if lactose is a concern for you. lactose is insulinogenic, and can create insulin spikes, which doesn't really help you if you're looking for weight loss.
Butter. The butter-making process separates the majority of milk's water components from the fat components. Lactose, being a water soluble molecule, will still be present in small quantities in the butter unless it is also fermented to produce cultured butter.
taste-wise, it's only a small difference. health-wise, i prefer it. if i had the option of cultured butter over non-cultured, it'd definitely be the cultured buttah! otherwise, i don't worry too much about the difference, because the comparative advantages of cultured butter over non is pretty slight.
Isn't it just taste? I don't think it has active bacteria in it like a yogurt, but it has does have more lactic acid content which makes it tangy tasting.
I really like Kerry Gold's butters products. Their milk is from pastured cows. I wish I had some now.
I found this site which has some good info on it. http://frugalhomecooking.blogspot.com/2009/05/what-is-cultured-butter.html It says cultured butter is slightly higher in butterfat content for one thing. It is made from fermented cream instead of sweet (fresh) cream.
authentic cultured butter uses cultures to develop the butter. These bacteria cultures, which are not present in regular butter, provide many benefits; the primary benefit being that they aid in digestion. These bacteria are the cause of the lactic acid which produces a slightly tangier taste, and due to the clarification process in culturing butter, the resulting butter is much silkier and richer flavor than regular butter.
So the benefit is it creates a better environment to aid in digestion. A possible result of this would be better nutrient absorption and a minimized bloating effect.
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