What? Eat more butter! You must be kidding right? It makes perfect sense to eat our fruit and vegetables and even eat more green. But, eat more butter? That must be a gimmick, a typo, or something. I mean what mother has ever said,”Sweety, did you eat your butter today?”
“Sweety, did you eat your butter today?”
The truth is butter has been a part of a traditional food diet for a long time. It has only been in the last century that butter has become vilified along with other fats. Who remembers the 80’s and 90’s- the NOT FAT era or should I say error?
Good Fats vs. Bad Fats
Let me just start off by saying I know that this is a controversial subject, so please do your own homework. I have spent the last 5 years trying to retrain my mind from the No Fat brainwashing from the first 40 years of my life. I will be totally honest, I am not sure that I purposely had butter until I was 39 years old. I know for sure that I never bought it until then. I grew up on margarine- you know the healthier version of butter- NOT!
Traditional vs. Industrial
Let’s go over the traditional fats that have been eaten for centuries: butter, ghee, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, palm oil, lard and tallow. I found in my research that a recipe for making butter was found in a 4500 year limestone tablet. Butter is not new.
What is an industrial fat? That would be your margarine, non-butter spreads, processed vegetable oils, edible oil products, and Trans fat products found in processed foods. Nothing natural about those products. Many call them frankenfoods.
Now I will be honest for years I thought if man had found a better way to make something healthier for me, then I should eat it. I was not into traditional (old ways) or natural. I just didn’t grow up that way and being in the medical field I was not educated that way either. However, when you find that what you are feeding your body is breaking it down and not building it up and someone begins to educate you on natural, God-made not man-made products and you start listening and find that your body is beginning to do the things it is supposed to do, well you begin to look at things a little closer.
In the 1940’s cancer was on the rise and researchers began to blame fat as the cause. Interestingly enough the research had been using synthetic partially hydrogenated or hardened fats–the kind found mostly in margarine and not natural saturated fats. This began the vilifying of butter and other saturated oils. This of course makes no sense at all, but some things never change the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) do not separate natural and synthetic in their decision making.
Heart disease was a rarity before the 1960’s. Yet, the average person ate 18 pounds of butter a year. In 1960 that average butter consumption decreased to 4 pounds of butter per year and heart disease was on the rise.
What we see today is that traditional foods did not change for thousands of years, but one research project could take 20 years for people to jump on the band wagon with diet changes. It would take another 20 years of increased weight gain and diseases like diabetes before the researchers began to really look at the problem.
20 Reasons to Eat More Butter
- Butter is rich in the most easily absorbable form of Vitamin A necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.
- Contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida.
- Contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
- Contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage.
- Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
- Is a great source of Vitamins E and K.
- Is a very rich source of the vital mineral selenium.
- Saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
- Butter contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster
- Vitamin D found in butter is essential to absorption of calcium.
- Protects against tooth decay.
- Is your only source of an anti-stiffness factor, which protects against calcification of the joints.
- Anti-stiffness factor in butter also prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland.
- Is a source of Activator X, which helps your body absorb minerals.
- Is a source of iodine in highly absorbable form.
- May promote fertility in women.
- Is a source of quick energy, and is not stored in our bodies’ adipose tissue.
- Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
- Contains Arachidonic Acid (AA) which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
- Protects against gastrointestinal infections in the very young or the elderly.
(Information from the Weston A. Price Foundation)
Just like any other food or product that we put in our body or on our body we need to be picky. Not all butter is the same. Check the labels. Organic and Grass-Fed butter is very important in getting all the great benefits of butter. If you buy a cheap brand of butter where the cows were given grains, hormones, antibiotics, etc. that will affect your butter.
There is so much more we can learn from butter and we didn’t even discuss the wonderful properties of some of the other great fats. I hope if this information is new to you that you will do some research on your own.
Putting it all together
Living a proactive lifestyle is about learning what is right for us and our families. If you are not sure how proactive you are currently living then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to find out your Wellness Score.
Today’s tip may have been a bit of a surprise to you or you may already be on the butter bandwagon. In our Growing E-Course, we go into more detail about the different forms of fat including Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s and how fats are needed for a healthy brain. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.