Healthy Fats! The Health Benefits of Butter - Paula Owens, MS

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Healthy Fats! Health Benefits of Butter

The Health Benefits of ButterMy 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: rancid vegetable oils, trans fats (hydrogenated oils), excessive amounts of processed sugar and starchy carbohydrates, super-sized sodas, fructose corn syrup, factory-farmed hormone- and antibiotic-injected frankenmeats, artificial sweeteners, and fast, fake, processed and packaged foods loaded with pesticides, GMOs, glyphosate and other toxic chemicals.

A diet deficient in fat, and consuming low-fat and nonfat items (that are loaded with toxic chemicals and sugar) increase the risk of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, dementia, and intensify cravings. Fat deprivation 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.

The Health Benefits of Butter

  • the butyric acid found in butter helps to maintain the integrity of the mucosal lining of the gut
  • promotes colon health (increased butyric acid levels are associated with a lower risk of colon cancer)
  • feeds the good microbes; encourages growth of beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacterium
  • increases insulin sensitivity
  • lowers triglycerides
  • helps probiotics adhere to bowel wall and proliferate
  • boosts immunity
  • aids digestion
  • an energy source for cells
  • has anti-inflammatory properties
  • butyrate is beneficial for gut disorders (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, colon polyps, leaky gut, IBD)
  • anti-microbial properties; enhances anti-Candida activity
  • modulates serotonin release
  • healthy bowel function and regulates abnormal bowel movements
  • beneficial for ADHD (decreased butyric acid levels are linked with attention problems)
  • blocks the growth of bad bacteria in the gut
  • loaded with healthy fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K)
  • butter is a rich source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, metabolic and immunity booster. Grass-fed butter contains 5 times more CLA than butter from grain-fed cows.
  • grass-fed ghee, a clarified butter is one of the best oils to cook with as it does not oxidize at high temperatures.

What Happens When Butter and other Fats are Heated?

Coconut Oil, Butter and Saturated Fats - Paula Owens, MS Holistic Nutritionist and Functional Health Practitioner

Take away message: Go ahead enjoy a healthy dose of organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised butter.

Health Benefits of ButterQuality 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.

Everything tastes better with a little butter!


Healthy Fats and the Health Benefits of Butter - Paula Owens

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