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Butter is a dairy product made from milk or cream, typically from cows. It is used as a cooking and baking ingredient, as well as a spread for bread and toast. In this article, we will discuss the history of butter, the nutritional value of butter, and different types of butter.

History of Butter

Butter has been consumed by humans for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans used butter as a food and a medicine, and it was also commonly used in medieval Europe. Butter production was largely a manual process until the 19th century when the development of the cream separator and the butter churn made mass production possible.

Butter at the Borough Market

Nutritional Value of Butter

Butter is primarily made up of fat, with small amounts of protein and carbohydrates. It is a good source of vitamin A and contains small amounts of other vitamins and minerals. However, butter is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, which can increase the risk of heart disease and other health issues. For this reason, it is recommended that butter be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Types of Butter

  • There are several types of butter, each with their own unique characteristics.
  • Unsalted butter: Made from cream without added salt, unsalted butter is often used in baking and cooking.
  • Salted butter: Made from cream with added salt, salted butter is often used as a spread for bread and toast.
  • Cultured butter: Made by adding live cultures to cream before churning, cultured butter has a tangy flavor and is often used in cooking and baking.
  • Clarified butter: Made by heating butter and removing the milk solids, clarified butter has a higher smoke point and is often used in cooking at high temperatures.

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