7 Reasons To Eat More Butter
For years conventional advice has been to trade in the butter. We were told that it causes heart disease. But in recent years it’s been proven that the science behind the anti-butter smear campaign was bad. In fact, butter is healthy, not harmful. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, of course, since healthy humans have been benefiting from butter for millennia. But unfortunately, because organizations such as the American Health Association are still promoting bad science and claiming that butter is bad, many of us may be uneasy enjoying a truly healthy food such as butter.
In today’s article I’m going to share with you 7 reasons why butter is good for you. There’s a good reason why butter tastes so good. It’s a nourishing, delicious food with many benefits.
Butter Is Heart Healthy
It’s hard to believe that the scientists got it so completely wrong when they claimed that butter was bad for heart health. It turns out that science actually shows that butter improves heart health. Sometimes the scientists have their noses stuck in books and aren’t paying attention to the real world.
In the real world the heart disease was virtually unheard of prior to the introduction of margarines and seed oils in the American diet. Prior to 1900 Americans rarely had heart attacks, strokes, or other types of cardiovascular disease. And as Americans replaced butter with margarine, rates of heart disease increased in parallel.
In studies when butter is tested against margarine, the numbers are clear. Regular margarine consumption more than doubles the risk of heart disease. Butter, on the other hand, protects the heart.
One of the conventional markers of heart health is cholesterol ratios. There are two types of cholesterol-carrying proteins - HDL and LDL. When the ratio of HDL to LDL is high, that indicates good heart health. The fats in butter are proven to increase that ratio, showing that they improve heart health. They also convert some of the “bad” very small LDL proteins to “neutral” large LDL proteins.
Butter Protects Against Cancer
Butter contains important, nutritious fatty acids that are healthful. Among the fatty acids in butter are oleic acid and myristic acid. Studies have shown that these two types of fatty acids have powerful anti-cancer properties.
Butter also contains something called conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. Although science is only beginning to study CLA, it is finding that CLA also has anti-cancer properties.
Research shows that the wrong kinds of fats - particularly those from seed oils and margarines - can actually increase cancer growth. But butter protects.
Butter Is An Important Source Of Essential Nutrients
Researchers are discovering the incredible importance of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K2. These vitamins are essential for eye health, bone health, skin health, brain health, and heart health. And yet most men are deficient in these nutrients.
Fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and seed oils do not contain any of these important nutrients. But butter is an excellent source. In fact, butter is one of the very best every day food sources of these vitamins.
Butter Improves Immunity
Several of the nutrients found in butter are proven to improve immunity, including some of the fat-soluble vitamins and CLA already mentioned. But in addition, butter is one of the richest sources of an immune-boosting nutrient called butyric acid.
Butyric acid is proven to produce all kinds of important immune benefits. And it is so important that the bacteria in our digestive systems produce it to keep the digestive system healthy. In fact, butyric acid production may be one of the reasons why dietary fiber from fruits and vegetables is so beneficial.
Butyric acid not only improves immunity, it also is proven to reduce inflammation, lower triglycerides, and improve insulin sensitivity.
Butter contains as much as 4 percent butyric acid. Eating butter daily is a simple and delicious way to nourish your immune system.
Butter Improves Digestive Health
Did you know that studies have shown that butterfat protects against diarrhea? It is also proven to protect and nourish the walls of the digestive tract. Butter protects against pathogens. And it contains unique fats that are shown to protect against infection in the digestive system.
Butter Lowers Body Fat
Most health organizations still suggest that you should choose low fat dairy over full fat. They claim that low fat dairy can reduce body fatness. But those claims are not backed by science.
Research shows that people who eat the most butterfat have the lowest body fat. We don’t know entirely why that is, but there are a couple of obvious weight maintenance benefits to butter. For one thing, butyric acid increases the sense of satiety. And for another thing, the fact that butter has so much nutrition, means that you won’t be hungry because you’re missing essential vitamins and fats.
Butter Improves Hormonal Health
Butter provides healthy fats and cholesterol, which are essential for hormone production. Butter helps to increase natural production of important hormones such as testosterone. Men who eat butter enjoy better hormonal health.
The bottom line is this. Real butter is real food that is time tested by countless generations. Unlike seed oils or low fat foods, butter provides essential nutrition that every man needs for health. That includes fat-soluble vitamins, hormone building-blocks, nutrients that protect the digestive system, and so on. By eating natural butter instead of seed oils, margarine, or low fat alternatives, you can know that you are protecting your health.