The first time I ever heard that fat wouldn’t make me fat was about 6 years ago. I was told so by my chiropractor and after a quick 2 min. conversation about biology, I was on board…. because, well, it made sense.
Now, I must say that in high school I had a dear friendship with the atkins diet so converting me wasn’t difficult. And honestly, to this day, I hold butter close to my heart and at times seriously struggle with hating sugar the way that I should.
All of this is really just to say…….
The 80’s ruined our nutrition knowledge ability… actually the 80’s set us up with terrible nutrition knowledge.
According to the 80’s… fat makes us fat, sugar is healthy for us, you get heart disease by eating cheese and the only way to lose fat is to run all day everyday.
Without getting into the politics of it… the 80’s did a disservice in terms of understanding food and nutrition.
So let’s tackle one of the misunderstandings of that time… Butter!
Most people think that butter is not good for you and that it clogs arteries, makes you fat and will give you a heart attack… but all of those things are false. Not only are those things false, there re many great benefits of eating butter that people usually are not aware of. So let’s look at a few of them…
1. Butter is rich in specific vitamins categorized as fat-soluble. Fat-soluble more or less means that the vitamins cannot exist without fat. These vitamins include A, E and K. As long as you are eating a diet that includes BOTH meat and plants, then you are probably getting vitamin A and E, however K is a bit trickier. Luckily for all of us, Vitamin K can be found in butter and this source is an extremely quality source of Vitamin K.
2. Butter is full of HEALTHY saturated fats. More and more science is coming out saying that saturated fats are not quite as evil as we thought. In fact, good and healthy saturated fats increase your good cholesterol and decrease your bad. Healthy saturated fats also contain medium chain fatty acids which are metabolized into energy immediately.
3. Glycospingolipids… say that 3 times fast. What in the world are these you ask? Well they are a specific category of fatty acids that do wonders in your intestines. Without glycospingolipids, we are at high risk of infection within our gut. Take for instance a child who has diarrhea often, there is a really good chance that by switching their reduced fat milk to full fat, or by adding more butte into their diet, that the diarrhea will stop. Without glycospingolipids, the “bad” bacteria in our intestines can out grow the good.
4. Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iodine and Selenium. These are all powerful minerals that butter is rich in and before you start thinking that you don’t need to eat butter because you take a mineral supplement, think again. Butter is the richest form of iodine when it comes to intake from food. IN other words, butter is very powerful for your mineral deficiency.
5. Cholesterol isn’t the bad guy that everyone has been making it out to be! WHAT?!?!?! It’s true, and if you don’t believe me check this out, this out, this one and then this one. I told you that the nutrition lies of the 80’s ruined us! Anyways, since cholesterol isn’t bad for us and we have all been eating fake food (low calorie, low fat, low cholesterol, sugar free, fat free and so on) for like ever, we all are in desperate need of REAL and QUALITY sources of actual food. If you are looking to increase the amount of cholesterol in your body (this may be a reason as to why you are struggling to get pregnant or stay pregnant as well as breast feed and recover from birth) butter is a wonderful source.
I could go on, and on, and on about how we should eat butter. However, unlike kale, chia seeds and kombucha… butter is a bit more appealing to the eye/taste buds. 5 reasons as to why you should is let’s face it, more than enough reason to go and eat butter.
*** To get the proper nutrients and benefits of butter, try to buy organic butter that comes from grass fed cows. Before you think you can’t find this, I have found it at Kroger, Whole Foods, Aldi, Meijer and Harris Teeter, in fact, Walmart now carries it as well. Also, butter should be used in conjunction with REAL food… think vegetables, eggs, fish, meat and in your not very often baking. White toast in the morning with butter all over it followed by smuckers jelly doesn’t count as a good use of this post and information***