Butter Good for You?

For many years we have been told butter is bad for our health and that saturated fat causes heart disease. First we were advised we should use shortening or oils instead of butter, and then it was margarine, then margarine without trans fat, and then we were told we should ditch margarine and just use olive oil. And then the unexpected came, and we are now being told butter may in fact actually…be good?

Recent long term studies are showing there is no link between saturated fats and heart disease and that the science simply doesn’t back up the claim. That full fat foods are actually better for us and the evil culprit lies in high refined starch foods and even more so sugar. But more importantly, it is not actual fat that is cause of our health problems, but more so the kind of fat. We pretty much are aware that the man-made scientifically altered fat called trans fat is 100% bad for us. We also are discovering that vegetable oils, which are unnaturally high in polyunsaturated fats, are causing an extreme amount of inflammation in our bodies. And as far as butter goes, some studies are even showing butter contains cancer fighting fats, prevents degenerative arthritis, protects the gut, and promotes a healthy brain and nervous system.

Now I am not saying to go and pile on loads of butter to everything you eat, because if one thing has shown to be consistently consistent in the sew-saw effect of health information presented to us and then taken back, is that MODERATION is key. So first and foremost, be aware of the amount you consume, but don’t fully give butter the boot! After all, is it a natural fat humans have been consuming for more than 10,000 years (especially from grass-fed cows), so it can’t be the death of us.

 

Written by Kimmi Bitter, B.S. in Nutrition

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