You got that right! After years of being told that margarine was more “heart-healthy” than butter, we’re now discovering in long-term studies that the science simply just doesn’t back up the claim.
We used to believe that high fat diets promoted tumor growth. Now we know that it doesn’t necessarily have to do with the high-fat diet, but the kind of fats in that diet. A diet high in the wrong kinds of fats promotes tumor growth. A diet high in the right kinds of fats deters cancer growth.
Researchers have shown that both Oleic acid and Myristic acid have cancer-fighting properties. Both of these fatty acids make up a large percentage of the fats found in butter.
Butter from grass-fed cows is also rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid —which is a strong cancer deterring fatty acid.
Also, while completing a statistical meta-analysis of all the medical studies that had supposedly linked dietary intake of saturated fat to incidences of coronary heart disease, strokes, and diabetes (hint: there is no link between saturated fat and heart disease), researchers discovered something particularly awesome!
They found that while the industrially-produced trans-fats found in processed food is definitively linked to incidences of coronary heart disease, the naturally occurring trans-fats found in butter are inversely related to incidences of type-2 diabetes. In other words, people who eat more butter are less likely to get type-2 diabetes!
Butter from grass-fed cows is high in vitamin K-2, and recent research shows that K-2 isn’t just responsible for helping us prevent or reverse osteoporosis like we’d previously thought. It also reduces disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Butter is high in cholesterol– but for once, this is a good thing!
Our brains and nervous systems require cholesterol to develop properly . While the brain can make its own cholesterol, it also pulls cholesterol from the blood plasma (which comes from your diet) when it needs more.
It’s also essential for growing children.
Mother’s milk is high in cholesterol and contains over 50 percent of its calories as butterfat. Low fat diets have been linked to failure to thrive in children — yet low-fat diets are often recommended for youngsters! Children need the many factors in butter and other animal fats for optimal development.
Did you know your brain is more than 65% fat?
The protective coating on your neurons — called myelin — is also high in fat, measuring at 70%. One of the most common fatty acids in myelin is — you guessed it — oleic acid. And, as I mentioned above, butter is an excellent source of oleic acid.
Butterfat contains glycospingolipids, a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastro-intestinal infection, especially in the very young and the elderly. For this reason, children who drink skim milk have diarrhea at rates three to five times greater than children who drink whole milk. Cholesterol in butterfat promotes health of the intestinal wall and protects against cancer of the colon. Short and medium chain fatty acids protect against pathogens and have strong anti-fungal effects. Butter thus has an important role to play in the treatment of candida overgrowth.
Can you believe it!? Butter is actually healthy for you!
Blog By: Ashley Grammer
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