Lets begin with correcting any misinformation that butter is bad for your health. Around the 1950’s a doctor came up with a theory that a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol led to heart disease. Butter happens to have a very high amount of both of these. With NO evidence to support this theory along with many subsequent studies that contradicted this, the medical community still began prescribing a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. After years of misinformation, the truth about saturated fat and cholesterol are finally coming to light. Both help to reduce inflammation, heart disease, and hormone regulation, while increasing your HDLs (high density lipoproteins), and boosting cell membrane function.
Here is a 2 minute video from the documentary Big Fat Lies that will describe how and why the medical community was duped.
Most people consume butter from cows that are grain fed. Consuming grassfed (cows fed only a grass diet) butter provides an even higher amount of anti inflammatory nutrients along with a plethora of other health boosting benefits.
This is a list of a few essential nutrients that are dramatically higher in grassfed butter.
Vitamin K2 This vitamin is essential for calcium metabolism, which reduce the risk for osteoporosis, heart disease and cancer.
Omega-3 fatty acids Reduces inflammation all over the body.
Butyrate A fatty acid that is the preferred fuel for the large intestine. Helps prevent and heal leaky gut, lowers inflammation and a assists in healing a long list of digestive issues.
CLA (300-500% more than grain fed) Increases fat metabolism
Retinal Vitamin A (10-13 times more than grain fed) Antioxidant that helps skin, hair, immune and neurological function.
Vitamin D3 Supports a healthy immune system, lung function, cardiovascular health. Influences the expression of cancer genes. Important for regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
One important thing to consider when purchasing butter, is that the pollutants and toxins the cow consumed are stored in the fat. Organic is not the only concern. The soil the grass is growing in is the biggest factor. So make sure you purchase butter from cows that graze in low contaminated soil. New Zealand and Ireland have been found to have the lowest contaminants.
If cost is a concern, then think about all the vitamins and nutrients grassfed butter will provide. Now calculate how much you spend on vitamins, prescriptions and medical care each month.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
I am in no way suggesting to start eating grass fed butter in large doses. Just replace the fake I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (I actually CAN believe it) with some REAL nutrient boosting grassfed butter to your next meal.