Many people avoid eating butter with the belief that it’s full of “evil” saturated fats. But Dr. Joseph Mercola and the Western A. Price Foundation clarify that butter and saturated fats promote health. Old-fashioned raw butter from grass-fed cows’ milk contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which helps fight diseases like cancer and diabetes. CLA also helps you lose weight.
In 1953, Dr. Ancel Keys published a paper that compares heart disease and fat intake. Despite his flawed findings, his theory that saturated fat causes heart disease became popular. Many recent studies disproved this theory and showed that trans fat found in vegetable shortening, margarine, and hydrogenated vegetable oils are the REAL sources of many health problems.
The Healthy Nutrients in Butter
Raw butter is chock-full of healthy nutrients such as:
• Vitamins – Vitamin A found in butter supports good vision and endocrine health. Fat-soluble vitamins E, D, and K2 also provide benefits to your health.
• Minerals – Butter has important trace minerals such as chromium, manganese, copper, zinc, iodine and selenium–a powerful antioxidant. There’s more selenium in every gram of butter than wheat germ or herring.
• Short and medium-chain fatty acids – These boost your metabolism and immune function and have antimicrobial properties that fight pathogenic gut microorganisms. Butter has a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats and contains arachidonic acid, which helps improve your brain function, skin health and prostaglandin balance.
• Glycospingolipids – This special category of fatty acids protect children and elderly people from gastrointestinal infection. Children who drink reduced-fat milk have higher diarrhea rates than those who drink whole milk.
• Cholesterol – It helps brain and nervous system development among children and maintains intestinal health.
• Wulzen Factor – This hormone-like substance puts calcium in your bones, not in your joints and other tissues. It prevents joint and arthritis stiffness. The Wulzen factor is destroyed during pasteurization, so it’s only found in raw cream and butter.
Butter Promotes Good Health
Dr. Mercola recommends butter to help you avoid the following health problems:
• Heart disease – Vitamins, A, D, E, K2, lecithin, selenium and iodine protect against heart disease. A Medical Research Council survey proved that people who ate butter had half the risk of developing heart disease compared to those who ate margarine.
• Cancer – The fatty acids in butter have potent anti-tumor effects.
• Arthritis – The Wulzen or “anti-stiffness” factor protects against hardening of the arteries, joint and pineal gland calcification, and cataracts.
• Osteoporosis – Vitamins A, D, and K2 in butter helps you absorb phosphorous and calcium better, building strong bones and teeth.
• Goiter – Vitamin A helps maintain good thyroid function. The highly-absorbable iodine in butter prevents goiter and is a good alternative to seafood.
• Digestion – Glycospingolipids protects against gastrointestinal infections.
• Asthma – Saturated fats protect against asthma and promote good lung function.
For Dr. Mercola, raw butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows is the healthiest butter available. You can create your own butter using raw milk!
Avoid margarines or spreads as much as possible. They are loaded with unhealthy ingredients including free radicals, trans fats, synthetic vitamins, and preservatives.