Butter and saturated fat are healthy! As a nutritionist and health coach, I am amazed at the low fat dogma that still persists in society. Once my clients see this dogma, they embrace the butter, coconut oil and eggs and feel much better.
The origins of butter go back thousands of years to when
our ancestors first started domesticating animals. In fact, the first
written reference to butter was found on a 4500- year old limestone tablet illustrating how butter was made. In India, ghee (clarified butter) has been used as a staple food, and as a symbol of purity, worthy of offering to the gods in religious ceremonies for more than 3000 years.
The Bible has references to butter as the product of milk
from the cow, and of Abraham setting butter and milk from a calf before
three angels who appeared to him on the plains of Mamre.
For millennia, people around the globe have prized butter
for its health benefits.
So how did butter become a villain in the quest for good
At the turn of our century, heart disease in America was
rare. By 1960, it was our number one killer. Yet during the same time
period, butter consumption had decreased – from eighteen pounds per person per year, to four.
A researcher named Ancel Keys was the first to propose that
saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet were to blame for coronary
heart disease. Numerous subsequent studies costing hundreds of millions of dollars, have failed to conclusively back up this claim. Yet the notion that a healthy diet is one with minimal fat, particularly
saturated fat, has persisted. While Americans drastically reduced their
intake of natural animal fats like butter and meat, the processed food
industry, particularly the low-fat food industry, proliferated.
When the baby boomers were children, concerned mothers
began to replace butter with margarine. The margarine manufacturers told
them it was the healthier alternative and mothers believed them. In those
days no one asked, “Where is the science to prove it? I want to
know before I give this man-mad stuff to my children. After all we
humans have been eating butter for thousands of years.”
As a result, since the early 1970’s, Americans’ average saturated fat
intake has dropped considerably, while rates of obesity,
diabetes, and consequently, heart disease, have surged.
Reducing healthy sources of dietary fat has contributed to
a serious decline in the health of our bodies and minds. Those of us that speak out against the anti-fat establishment are still largely ignored.
Is Margarine Better than Butter? No! This is a tragic myth. Butter is a completely natural food essential to your health – especially when you eat organic. Please make the extra effort to obtain high-quality organic, raw butter. Margarines, on the other hand, are a processed food, created chemically from refined polyunsaturated oils. The process used to make these normally liquid oils into spreadable form is called hydrogenation. Margarine and similar hydrogenated or processed polyunsaturated oils are very detrimental to your health.
Butter is rich in the most easily absorbable form of Vitamin A, necessary for thyroid and adrenal health. Butter contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida and butter has the following healing properties:
1. Contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
2. Contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage.
3. Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
4. Is a great source of Vitamins E and K.
5. Is a very rich source of the vital mineral selenium.
6. Saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
7. Butter contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster
8. Vitamin D found in butter is essential to absorption of calcium.
9. Protects against tooth decay.
10. Is your only source of an anti-stiffness factor, which protects against calcification of the joints.
10. Anti-stiffness factor in butter also prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland.
11. Is a source of Activator X, which helps your body absorb minerals.
12. Is a source of iodine in a highly absorbable form.
13. May promote fertility in women.
14. Is a source of quick energy, and is not stored in our body’s adipose tissue.
15. Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
16. Contains Arachidonic Acid, which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
17. Protects against gastrointestinal infections
Raw butter is an incredible raw fat. It is a top notch healing food for our modern times. It soothes and lubricates nerves, muscles, and mucous membranes, cleanses and strengthens all the organs and glands, heals intestinal lesions, dissolves hardened plaque from eating bad fats, binds with and helps remove toxins and waste products from the body, lubricates bones and joints, cleanses, fuels, lubricates, protects, and rejuvenates cells, and aids in new cellular growth.
Grass fed, raw, Organic Butter is the Best as all the nutrients are available as pasteurization destroys the enzymes, acids and some of the vitamins and minerals. If you cannot obtain raw butter, the best choice is grass fed, organic pasteurized butter.
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