My clients love when I suggest they include butter into their diets. The only rule is that it must be grass-fed pasture-raised organic butter.
Butter is rich in butyric acid, a healthy short-chain fatty acid. Short-chain fatty acids are important biomarkers and protectors of colon health.
Contrary to popular belief, saturated fat from butter, grass-fed (pasture-raised) organic meats and coconut oil isn’t what’s harming our hearts and health or causing the diabetes and obesity epidemic.
The real villains destroying our bodies, brains and health: excessive amounts of sugar and starchy carbohydrates, super-sized sodas, fructose, factory-farmed hormone- and antibiotic-injected frankenmeats, artificial sweeteners, GMOs, trans fats, toxic chemicals and fast, fake, processed and packaged foods.
A diet deficient in fat, and eating low-fat and nonfat items (that are loaded with toxic chemicals and sugar) increase risk of depression, mood disorders, dementia, intensify cravings and is linked to hormone imbalances, weight gain, dry skin and dry hair, hair loss, infertility and reproductive problems.
My philosophy regarding food is to eat an abundance of plants, greens and veggies, a wide diversity of organic nutrient-dense, real foods, and that includes a variety of healthy, healing fats such as butter, clarified butter (ghee), avocados, full fat organic grass-fed yogurt, grass-fed organic pasture-raised meats, pastured (not pasteurized) eggs and poultry, fatty fish (wild salmon, sardines), coconut oil, coconut butter, olives and extra-virgin olive oil.
Fat is a necessary nutrient for healthy brain function, fat loss, hormone balance, energy, satiation, nixing cravings, beautiful skin and hair, healthy cholesterol and heart health, a healthy nervous system, immune system, gut health and cell membranes. Saturated fats found in coconut oil, grass-fed meats, pastured eggs and grass-fed butter are actually healthy for you.
Take away message: Go ahead enjoy a healthy dose of grass-fed, pasture-raised butter.
Quality matters! Toss the inflammatory-promoting margarine, rancid, genetically-modified vegetable oils, canola, corn, cottonseed and soybean oils, fake chemical-laden butter sprays and frankenfats.
Stick with the real thing: organic butter from pasture-raised, grass-fed cows such as Organic Valley Cultured Pasture Butter is a much healthier and more nutritious choice.