Around the world, butter has been valued for its life sustaining properties for millenia.
Here in the U.S. we have demonized butter (in the last 50 years or so) because it has saturated fat in it. Prior to then, people ate 18 pounds of butter per year per person and heart disease and cancer were very rare. There are so many benefits of butter that the average person is not getting if they are avoiding it. Here are just a few reasons why butter really is better:
- Butter actually contains nutrients that protect us from heart disease. Butter is the best and most easily absorbed source of vitamin A which is needed for the health of the thyroid and adrenal gland. Both these glands play a role in maintaining the proper functioning of the heart and cardiovascular system. Also, the cholesterol in butter is an anti-oxident that helps our body when we take in too many harmful free radicals (usually from damaged and rancid fats in margarine and processed vegetable oils).
- 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. The vitamin A and anti-oxidants in butter-vitamin E, selenium and cholesterol – also protect against cancer.
- Vitamin A in buter is essential to a healty immune system; short and medium chain fatty acids also have immune system strengthening properties.
- Butter provides an “anti-stiffness” factor. The Dutch researcher Wulzen found that it protects against calcifiation of the joints (degenerative arthritis) as well as hardening of the arteries, cataracts and calcification of the pineal gland.
- Butter helps prevent Osteoporosis. Vitamins A and D in butter are essential to the absorption of calcium and 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’s good for them.
- Butter is important for gastrointestinal health. Butterfat contains glycospingolipids, a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastro-intestinal infection. Cholesterol in butterfat promotes health of the intestinal wall and protects agains cancer of the colon. Short and medium chain fatty acids protect against pathogens and have strong anti-fungal efects. Butter thus has an important role to play in the treatment of candida overgrowth.
- Butter does NOT make you fat! The short and medium chain fatty acids in butter are not stored in the adipose tissue but are used for quick energy. Fat tissue in humans is composed mainly of longer chain fatty acids that come from olive oil and polyunsaturated oils and refined carbohydrates. Aso, because butter is rich in nutrients, it confers a feeling of satisfaction when comsumed.
- Many factors in buter ensure optimal growth and development for children. Particularly, the vitamin A . Cholesterol found in butterfat plays an important role in the development of the brain and nervous system.
- Fats are important for blood sugar control. They protect from high sugar spikes and the inevitable drop that comes afterward. Puting butter on your food, especially higher carb foods, will stabalize your blood sugar.
IMPORTANT: Use butter from pasture raised cows. They should be eating green grass which is their biologically compatable food. This will provide the best possible nutrients for better health.