You Better Believe I Believe in Butter

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Butter. Just hearing the word kicks in my salivary glands. Few things taste better than a steaming hot whole grain waffle with those crispy little pockets filled with melted butter and some real maple syrup. Am I right? Pair it with some bacon that’s taken a swim in the waffle runoff, and you’ve just created my favorite special occasion breakfast fare. Mmm, mmm—scratches me right where I itch.

Why are so many people afraid to turn in their tubs of mystery butter substitute for this mouthwatering real food? When I was growing up on the farm, it would have been a disgrace to put anything but butter on the dinner table. Egads! We would have been the talk of the countryside. But we weren’t. Because we didn’t. And neither should you.

The two biggest misconceptions about butter—and the truth:

  • Isn’t butter high in fat, and isn’t fat bad for you? Well, folks, butter is high in fat, but fat—the right kind of fat—is far from bad for you. As I mentioned recently, our brains are 70 percent fat. So what do you think your brain needs plenty of to stay happy? Fat, of course. Don’t you want a happy brain? Eat fat.
  • Doesn’t butter clog your arteries and cause heart attacks? Nope. If you’ve been fooled by the popular notion that animal fats are instigators of cardiovascular disease, you absolutely must read “How to Prevent Heart Attacks” by Benjamin P. Sandler, MD, which you’ll find in the SRP Historical Archives. In summary, they don’t.

Butter is, by far, one of the most delicious of the supposed nutrition scoundrels out there, and it’s high time more people started indulging in it more often. Not only are the substitutes inferior in taste, they lack the important nutrients that butter offers. This fact was pointed out by Dr. Royal Lee in his 1942 article “Butter, Vitamin E, and the ‘X’ Factor of Dr. Price.”

Here are some of the valuable nutrients you’ll find in butter—not butter substitutes:

  • Vitamin A – Butter is the best source of vitamin A out there, even better than fish oils.
  • Vitamin D – In butter, the natural form of this important nutrient is 100 times more effective than in commercial substitutes.
  • Vitamin E – Consuming butter is a delicious way to eliminate the worry of being deficient in this crucial vitamin.

But remember, when it comes to butter, the quality of the milk makes all the difference. Cows fed on pasture grass and allowed to live a healthy life will produce milk with higher nutrient levels. Look to your local raw milk dairies for the best source, if you’re lucky enough to live in one of the states with “enlightened” citizens and lawmakers.

And in honor of Dairy Month, why not try your hand at making butter in your own kitchen? It’s easier than you ever imagined.

CC photo by Ruby’s Feast.

Paula Widish

Paula Widish, author of Trophia: Simple Steps to Everyday Self-Health, is a freelance writer and self-healther. She loves nothing more than sharing tidbits of information she discovers with others. (Actually, she loves her family more than that—and probably bacon too.) Paula has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Relations and is a Certified Professional Life Coach through International Coach Academy.

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4 thoughts on “You Better Believe I Believe in Butter

  1. Scott Allen says:

    Awesome post, Paula! I just started on the Paleo Diet, which calls for no dairy with the exception of grass-fed butter. I’m looking for this in Northern Colorado, but it’s difficult to find. Thank you for the information!

  2. Paula Widish says:

    Thank you so much, Scott! I appreciate you taking the time to comment on the post. 🙂

    A good place to get grass-fed butter in Northern Colorado is Natural Grocers (aka Vitamin Cottage). Also, Costco carries Kerrygold Butter which comes from pastured cattle. I’m not sure where you are located however we have each of these stores in the Fort Collins area. I hope you can find some for your new Paleo adventure but my rule of thumb has always been that we do the best we can. Get the best quality food items that you can afford. Organic butter is better than the other stuff, so if you can find that more readily, don’t skip the butter! 🙂

    Do you mind me asking what got you started on the Paleo diet?

  3. Scott Allen says:

    Thank you for that information, Paula. Very helpful.

    I got started on the paleo diet simply because I was overweight and needed to try something new. It’s really worked well for me so far, but it’s only been about a week and a half.

    Thank you again. 😀

    Scott

  4. Paula Widish says:

    Good luck on your Self-Health journey, Scott! I know a lot of people have seen great success with the Paleo diet and I hope the same is true for you. Selene River Press is a great resource to empower yourself to live your healthiest life. Kudos & Cheers!! 🙂

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