Imagine your next healthy breakfast: Fresh fruit. Yogurt. Whole grain toast. With a creamy pat of butter melting on top.
Wait, butter in a healthy breakfast?
Absolutely. Butter is far from the dietary evil the medical establishment has lead you to believe. To the contrary, current research shows that butter and other animal saturated fats are vital keys to your good health.
Butter contains a health cornucopia: the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, the antioxidant mineral selenium, and omega 3 fatty acids. Yet for decades, butter has been blamed as the cause of our skyrocketing rates of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
But butter consumption has gone down!
Take a look at these statistics:
- Butter intake plummeted from 18 pounds per person each year to 4 pounds over the 60 years from 1910 to 1970.
- In the last 90 years, vegetable fats consumption – including refined oils and margarine — jumped from 18% to 44%.
USDA statistics tell us that overall animal fat consumption in the American diet has declined in the last century from 83% to 44%. At the same time, our intake of sugar and processed foods intake has increased by a whopping 60%.
In short, America has gone through a gigantic dietary shift. And as we started to eat less animal fat, we got more unhealthy. But the medical industry is still blaming butter for our health problems.
The perils of low-fat diets
Despite all medical hype, low-fat diets exacerbate disease. One study of 235 postmenopausal women showed that those on a low-fat, high-carb diet developed atherosclerosis – clogging of the arteries – faster than women who ate more saturated fats.
Another study, in the June Journal of the American Medical Association, revealed that the greatest weight loss (obesity being a factor in most serious illness), came from diets that contained 60% fats.
Why? Because a high-carb intake, especially of low-fiber, processed carbs like white flour and sugar, leads to cellular inflammation, the precursor to conditions like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and obesity.
The truth about vegetable fats
Processed vegetable fats – the real health villains — are used everywhere in popular foods like cookies, French fries, crackers and condiments.
Take the supposedly “healthy” alternative to butter – margarine — made out of processed vegetable oils like canola, soybean and corn oils. To make these oils usable, they are processed with high heat and chemical solvents, then deodorized and hydrogenated to make them palatable and solid at room temperatures. The result is trans-fats, those infamous compounds we now know lead to obesity, diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
Processed vegetable oils are also high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are linked to inflammation, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and tumor proliferation. Add in the rancidity to which these oils are prone. This spoilage is linked to the development of free-radical cells, the precursor to cancer. You don’t want this stuff!
Buy only the best
Moderate amounts of high-quality butter from grass-fed cows supply you with an array of important nutrients. Why grass-fed? Because grass-fed animal products, as opposed to those from grain-fed feedlot animals, deliver higher amounts of the vitamins and minerals you need.
With good quality butter, you get:
- Vitamin A: a free-radical fighter and antioxidant that reduces inflammation.
- Vitamin D: A crucial vitamin in maintaining bone health. Many American have a serious D deficiency.
- Vitamin E: Another important antioxidant that attacks free radical cells. E protects artery walls from getting clogged, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Vitamin K: Key to building bone strength, reducing inflammation and preventing diabetes.
- Omega 3 fatty acids: Vital good-for-you fats that make up 50% of your nervous system tissue while also maintaining heart health.
- Selenium: An antioxidant that protects the cardiovascular system from oxidative stress.
Don’t buy into what the food conglomerates want to sell you. Butter is one of nature’s good foods. Go ahead and enjoy its creamy goodness, and know you are doing your heart and body a world of good.
Keep Getting Better,