Butter has gotten a bad name in the past, but I’m here to let you know that butter is your friend! It is one of the best forms of fat that you can get into your diet, not to mention more reasonably priced than things such as coconut or avocado oil. What really makes the difference is not whether you are consuming butter, vegetable derived oils, or fat produced from animals. The difference lies in how the animal is taken care of or how the vegetables are grown and how the fat or oil is processed. For example, butter is all about the animal and what the animal was eating in it’s lifetime.
Good quality butter from cows allowed to graze on pastures has a lot going for it. It will supply you with an exceptionally high amount of fat soluble vitamins (think vitamins A, D, E, K), particularly vitamin A. Without these fat soluble vitamins, again particularly vitamin A, we are not able to utilize the minerals we ingest, no matter how abundant they may be in our diets. I’d say butter is like a catalyst to your overall health!
The Truth Behind Butter
Contrary to popular belief, butter actually protects you from heart disease. Vitamin A is needed for the health of the thyroid and adrenal glands, both of which play a role in maintaining the proper functioning of the heart and cardiovascular system. Abnormalities of the heart and larger blood vessels occur in babies born to vitamin A deficient mothers. Butter is America’s best and most easily absorbed source of vitamin A. During the time frame that butter consumption was decreasing, heart disease began to rise.
Butter contains lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents. Butter also contains a number of anti-oxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries. Vitamin A and vitamin E found in butter both play a strong anti-oxidant role. Butter is a very rich source of selenium, a vital anti-oxidant.
Many of the saturated fats in butter have strong anti-cancer properties. Butter is rich in short and medium chain fatty acid chains that have strong anti-tumor effects. Butter also contains conjugated linoleic acid which gives excellent protection against cancer. Since the abandonment of butter back in the 1940’s, in replacement of margarine and chemically processed vegetable oils, cancer has only sky-rocketed, not plummeted as pro-ported to, thanks to those who claimed butter/saturated fats were the villains. Vitamin A and the anti-oxidants in butter, vitamin E, selenium, and cholesterol, protect against cancer as well as heart disease. Vitamin A, found in butter, is crucial for and known to enhance the immune system.
Vitamins A and D in butter are essential to the proper absorption of calcium and hence necessary for strong bones and teeth. The plague of osteoporosis in milk-drinking western nations may be due to the fact that most people choose skim milk over whole, thinking it is good for them. Butter also has anti-cariogenic effects, that is, it protects against tooth decay. Butter is a good source of iodine, in highly absorbable form. Butter consumption prevents goiter in mountainous areas where seafood is not available. In addition, vitamin A in butter is essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
Shall I go on? Because I could! Let’s just say butter is one of your best friends, or, at least, should be, a friend that will stay with you thick and thin, despite their expensive taste, ha! With butter, you will be ever so grateful, and all the better in the long run for enjoying your classy friend!!!
So in summary (as well as a few previously unmentioned benefits):
- Butter is a catalyst to our overall health
- Butter protects from heart disease
- Butter aids in metabolizing fats in our bodies
- Butter protects against free radical damage
- Butter protects against cancer
- Butter enhances the immune system
- Butter helps to prevent osteoporosis
- Butter supports a healthy thyroid
- Butter supports your overall gastrointestinal health
- Butter is very satiating, therefore, can actually help in weight LOSS!
- Butter’s nutritional profile makes it a crucial component in the diet of growing children for optimal development
*The above post was based on this article from The Weston Price Foundation website.*
Are you ready to rekindle your friendship with butter? Tell me in the comments below your go-to method to get it into (or onto!) your favorite foods!
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