Pass The Butter

Butter is a cooking treasure as old as King Tut's tomb, and as old as my grandparents. They ate butter every day, and they lived to be over 100 years old. Butter didn't harm them, and it shouldn't harm you.

Butter got a bad rap in the United States after WWI when margarine came out of the commissaries and into the grocery stores. Many products were born from wartime needs, and crafty marketers pushed good-ole-natural-butter off our American tabletops. It wasn't because butter was unhealthy; it was because margarine had many marketing advantages over butter: margarine could sit on the grocery shelves for months without spoiling, and margarine brought more profit.

Margarine was discovered in 1869 in response to Napoleon III's request for a wholesome butter alternative. His primary goal was to supply food to the French army that would not spoil. This new discovery worked, and after WWI, manufacturers introduced this "new margarine wonder" to the American public, using the prevention of heart disease as its main endorsement.

Heart disease was rare in America at the turn of the century, before margarine. Between 1920 and 1960, heart disease became America's number one killer, and butter consumption plummeted from 18 pounds per person per year to merely four. Today, heart disease is still a major health threat, so I think it's safe to conclude that butter is not the cause. Research shows that trans fats found in margarine cause heart disease, nonetheless.

In comparison to margarine, butter contains many nutrients that protect human beings from heart disease. Vitamin A found in butter is a critical nutrient for the health of the thyroid and adrenal glands, which both play a role in heart and cardiovascular health. Butter is America's best and most easily absorbed source of vitamin A. Vitamin A and vitamin E in butter play a strong anti-oxidant role in human health.

Butter contains lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat components. Butter also contains a number of anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage that weakens the arteries. Butter is a very rich source of selenium, a vital anti-oxidant, containing more selenium per gram than herring or wheat germ.

Your immune system loves butter. Hydrogenated fats found in polyunsaturated oils, margarine, and many butter substitutes have a toxic effect on the immune system.

So, pass the butter, please!

Posted March 2012 | Permanent Link

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