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For years butter has received a bad rap.
Why is that exactly?
Part of the reason butter has been badmouthed is because it’s made primarily of fat. For years fat was demonized by the health authorities because many associated dietary fat with the accumulation of fat on the body and in the arteries.
You might have found yourself believing you should avoid butter because it’s made of fat.
Fortunately you can relax. You can (and should) enjoy butter.
But, there is one very, very important caveat to this statement.
Not every butter is equal.
So yes, enjoy butter. However, make sure it’s the right kind.
If you’re wondering which kind of butter is the best for you, the answer is grass-fed butter.
Butter that comes from cows who eat their natural diet of grass is far healthier than its conventional counterpart.
In fact, conventional butter, that which comes from grain/corn fed cows, it very problematic. Many illnesses can be associated with conventional butter, and the reason isn’t just because what’s in it…it’s also because of what’s not in it.
Which is why grass-fed butter shines so brightly.
Let’s explore the benefits of grass-fed butter and how it can help to improve your health.
First off grass-fed butter is loaded with important nutrients you can’t find in (the same amounts) conventional butter.
These nutrients include:
- Vitamin K2
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Saturated Fats
Here’s how these nutrients affect your health:
Saturated Fats: What’s been preached by health authorities about saturated fats is for the most part wrong. Saturated fats don’t cause heart disease, and in fact, healthy saturated fats (those found in grass-fed butter) are actually helpful in reversing heart disease.
Saturated fat helps to raise levels of HDL (the good) cholesterol. As HDL levels rise, the risk of developing heart disease actually falls.
Conversely saturated fat even helps to drive down LDL cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is a “bad” cholesterol.
Then there’s Butyrate: Butyrate, or butyric acid is believed to be anti-inflammatory. Because it possesses these properties, it’s likely to help prevent heart disease. Evidence has firmly illustrated heart disease (along with many other illnesses) are actually caused by inflammation.
This means that the ingestion of butyric acid can work to prevent chronic illnesses like heart disease.
Vitamin K2: Vitamin K2 might be one of the most exciting “new discoveries” in recent years. While K2 has been around since the dawn of time, scientists really didn’t know much about it until recently. What they know about it now is life changing. K2 is important in the formation of healthy bones. Without it in your diet, your bones will grow weak and frail.
K2 works to help draw calcium out of the blood and into the bones. Startlingly enough, if it’s lacking in the diet, you will actually begin to accumulate calcium in the arteries, which could lead to an eventual heart attack.
K2 is found in great amounts in grass-fed butter.
And let’s not forget about CLA: CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid is a trans fat which is extremely healthy for both your heart as well as many other functions in the body.
Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple writes:
[CLA] has been linked to superior heart health, suppression of tumors, reduced belly fat (although in pigs, I’m not sure that’s what we’re after!), and greater fat loss in the obese and overweight – pops up in the flesh and dairy of the animal. As far as cows go, pasture feeding leads to dairy CLA levels 3-5 times that of grain-fed cattle
There’s every reason in the world to add CLA to your diet.
Lastly there’s the presence of Omega 3 Fatty Acids: These fats are anti-inflammatory as well. Omega 3s are the same fats found in salmon and fish oil. Omega 3s have been associated with better heart health, and are believed to be crucial for many other aspects of health.
Grass-fed butter’s fat profiles are consistently much higher in Omega 3s than their conventional counterparts.
The evidence collected forms a clear picture. To experience better health, grass-fed butter should make its way into your diet.
If this sounds good to you, ditch the normal butter and switch to grass fed today.
And while you’re at it, take one more minute to find out how a harmful plant food that causes heart attacks (even if you’re eating grass-fed butter).
Despite being that healthy grass-fed butter can only do so much to protect your heart.