Why Butter Is Your Friend

by lydia on March 8, 2016


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):

  1. Butter is a catalyst to our overall health
  2. Butter protects from heart disease
  3. Butter aids in metabolizing fats in our bodies
  4. Butter protects against free radical damage
  5. Butter protects against cancer
  6. Butter enhances the immune system
  7. Butter helps to prevent osteoporosis
  8. Butter supports a healthy thyroid
  9. Butter supports your overall gastrointestinal health
  10. Butter is very satiating, therefore, can actually help in weight LOSS!
  11. 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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Patty April 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm

There is a deliciously wonderful freedom in my new found love of butter. I have to say that nut balls filled with good butter are my new favorite snack. Pastured eggs cooked in it’s rich goodness will be my start to the day from now on. It’s been hard to re train my brain to embrace butter and fore go sugar but I’d say in the end it’s a much more satisfying trade off. Now, I need to get me some of that coconut butter!

Janet (Divine Health Assistant) March 16, 2016 at 5:13 pm

It sure is more satisfying! Here is a recipe you’d love: http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2011/10/healthy-homemade-chocolate-butter-fudge/

lydia April 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm

This said coming from a girl who has not had butter, for what, your whole adult life!! (due to sensitivities to lactose). I remember thinking how can you live without butter!! Haha, yay for new freedoms that nourish you in body and mind!! 😀

Yes, the coconut butter is your friend too!!

Angela March 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Thanks for this great article about butter and how it supports our overall health and well-being. I didn’t realize that butter also helps support a healthy thyroid, which I am focused upon. Another great thing about butter, it makes everything taste even better!

Janet (Divine Health Assistant) March 16, 2016 at 5:16 pm
Jack March 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

We love butter too, but what kinds of butter, what brands are good for us?

Thank you,

Jack Kinchen

lydia March 12, 2016 at 7:59 am

There are probably several local to you if you look at health food stores or some place like a Whole Foods. Kerry Gold butter is from grassfed cows and Organic Valley.

Sandy March 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

How much butter do you suggest we eat daily to see these benefits?

lydia March 12, 2016 at 7:58 am

Well that’s a tough one Sandy -everyone is going to be so different in what their body needs/tolerates/digests as well as the quality of the butter.

I say just use it if you tolerate it daily for moderate heat cooking and spreading and also be sure to use only all good fats in your diet other than just butter and avoid all bad fats. Refer to my post on What Fats Should You Be Consuming: http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2011/05/how-to-ditch-processed-foods-what-fats-should-you-be-consuming/

If you want to go a step further – learn about fat digestion in this post: http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2012/04/are-you-digesting-fats/

Mary C March 10, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Since I’ve been focusing on whole, real food, I switched to real butter recently. Glad to hear it’s a healthy thing to eat. How do you know which companies use milk from grass fed cows?

lydia March 12, 2016 at 7:52 am

It should be on the label Mary – Kerry Gold butter is one well known option then Organic Valley I believe is another.

Elizabeth April 4, 2016 at 5:22 pm

I was a parttime stay at home mom and made my own butter from fresh cream until the Dairy board pressured farmers not to sell fresh unpasturized milk and cream . Then the farmer had to give it to the neighours for their pigs. A friend was still able to buy it for her dogs!! It wasn’t fair!
I have been using butter for cooking and eating since the 70’s; never margarine!! I researched it in the ’70s! Get informed people!!

lydia April 5, 2016 at 4:17 pm

That’s such a bummer you couldn’t get the fresh cream anymore – totally is not fair at all! Fresh butter is the best too!

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