Monday, September 30, 2019

Mmmm.......  BUTTER

     OK, let's talk about butter.  We all love it, right?  We've all been told since the 70's that it's bad for us, right?  They invented margarine as a substitute because it's healthier and cheaper, right? 
Wrong!  According to Wikipedia, margarine was invented in France in 1869.  It became popular in the United States in the 1930s  and '40s because of the depression and WWII.  Real butter was very difficult to come by unless you had a cow and made it yourself.  Most kinds of margarine are extremely unhealthy and in my opinion, if you are eating them, you should stop.  

     So, is butter really bad for you?  Too much of a good thing, unfortunately, is usually considered bad.  But here is the good news.  Butter is not as bad as you thought.  And I have even better news for you.  According to the

Department of Nutrition Harvard School of Public Health, despite the high saturated fat content of dairy products, no clear association between dairy product intake and risk of myocardial infarction (MI) has been observed.

    But, here's what you really need to know.  Butter from grass-fed cows has five times more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than butter from grain-fed cows. CLA is a beneficial fatty acid linked to fighting cancer, preventing bone loss and helping your body build muscle rather than store fat.  It is also much higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2, compared to butter from grain-fed cows.  It's a great source of vitamin A and the antioxidant, beta carotene.  It also has a higher proportion of healthy, unsaturated fats than regular butter,  According to, "overall, grass-fed butter is a relatively healthy alternative to regular butter when consumed in moderation".

     OK, I'm not pushing the use of butter here.  If you don't eat it, you are likely eating olive oil or some other type of butter, such as nut or seed butters, all very good for you. So my message here is if you eat margarine, please do yourself a favor and switch to butter or a healthy substitute such as mashed avocado, hummus or extra virgin olive oil.  You'll lose the possible dangers of putting chemicals in your body.  And if you do eat butter, spend the extra dollar or so and get grass-fed. Reap the benefits.  It tastes delicious and is so much better for you.


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