Sunday, June 27, 2010

Why Eat Butter?

Woo, is this ever a contested issue. But here we go.

Butter is good for you.

Margarine is bad for you.

There. I said it.

Now for the reasons.....


Vitamins A,D, E, and K
-eye health, bones and skin, disease prevention, weight control, cancer-fighting, tooth health
-blood clotting mechanisms, multiple organs, and brain function rely on these vitamins, to varying degrees

Selenium and Iodine
-cancer fighting and support thyroid function (respectively)

Good Fats
-short and medium-chain fatty acids in butter get burned as energy immediately instead of being stored as fat (So butter doesn't make you fat) AND they help support the immune system
-CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which is present in all products from ruminants(animals that eat grass) helps you lose weight and protects against disease, including cancer
-omega-3 and omega-6 are essential fatty acids that we all need for optimal health


-made from cream, no added ingredients
-no chemical, no colours, just cream (and maybe salt)


-no naturally occurring vitamins or minerals
-no health benefits, unless coconut oil is used
-no nutritional value, other than "bad" fats that are a result of the hydrogenation process
-nickel (a toxic heavy metal)in it from the manufacturing process
-trans fats, linked to obesity, cancer, heart disease, and more

-made from rancid vegetable oils
-made from corn, canola, and soybean oils, three of the most common genetically modified organisms IN THE they can use more pesticides on the crops
-bleached and perfumed and dyed so it is more appealing (well, if it wasn't, it would stink so bad no one would eat it, and it would be GREY)
-not food, but a chemically-rendered, spreadable monstrosity that not even flies will eat


Can you tell I think the world of butter, and am SHOCKED that anyone would prefer margarine?

Stay tuned so we can discuss the lipid hypothesis....naturally occurring good fats do NOT raise your cholesterol....

***this post participated in Real Food Wednesday and Fight Back Friday blog carnivals!

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