If Butter is a Fat Burning, Anti-Aging Food, why had we thought otherwise?

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butter Source: mark binder @ flickr Many doctors may still tell you otherwise, but butter is good. It not only makes your meals taste good, it is actually good for health. Listen to this video by Dr Eric Berg, who says he used to advise clients against eating butter, but now he sings a different tune. Science today is unravelling the truth behind what really causes cardiovascular problems and what does not.

Why were we given the impression that butter was bad for health? 2 reasons:

  1. because when pathologists look into the stuff that clogged up arteries, they find saturated fat/cholesterol remnants — so they conclude that these fatty stuff comes directly from fatty food.
  2. because people who “ate a lot”, people who pigged out a lot, got fat and got cardiovascular disease (CVD)– so they generalized that it’s the saturated fat in foods that caused the health problems.

These are wrongful conclusions. Medical professionals made these assumptions because they had an over-simplified view of how the human body works. The human body is not a machine in which what goes in goes out the same way… just like we don’t burn fuel like cars do, by setting it alight. The human body is complex, made up of different types of cells, each a little factory of it’s own. Each cell has a function. In order to function, a complex network of biochemical process takes place. That’s why the medical authorities got it wrong earlier. Only now —  after over 3 decades worth of pathological studies –are they uncovering the facts.

Saturated fat from the diet is not a direct cause of clogged up arteries.

Dietary fat gets packed into chylomicrons which is sent for storage or processing. Little or none of this fat gets to become the “bad cholesterol” (it’s presence is linked to CVD), LDL.  LDL, on the other hand, is the product of fat made by the liver as a result of excess carbohydrate consumption. 

Two posts to explain this: Dietary Sources of Fat: Good Fats vs Bad Fats , Bad Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Which is to blame? Dietary Fat or Carbs?.

Refined Carbohydrates, not Fat causes Obesity and CVD

Using the same biochemical argument, we can see that it’s the carbs, not the fat that contribute more to disease. Dietary carbohydrate in excess gets converted to fat in the liver. This new fat gets packaged in VLDL for transport in the blood. VLDL is a precursor to LDL, the “bad cholesterol”. Can butter be eaten on it’s own? Yes, but most of the time, we do not eat butter on it’s own. We normally consume butter with some kind of refined carbohydrate… like bread, potatoes, confectionery.

Nutritional Function of Butter

In the video, Dr Berg spells out the nutritional benefits of butter. Since butter tastes good we can enjoy this super food with good conscience. Butter is a good source of:

  • fat-soluble vitamins: Vitamins A, D, E, K, F
  • lauric acid
  • lecithin
  • selenium and iodine
  • omega 3 and 6
  • medium chain triglycerides

Your body needs these nutrients to stay healthy, stay young, and be active.

source: http://nutritiondata.self.com/

Butter, an anti-aging food

My 96 yr old grandmother-in-law is a living spokes person for anti-aging. She is independent, lives alone, mentally alert and still learning new things. When I got to know her all my old ideas of diet and exercise flew out the window. Maria (is her name) never exercised in her life. She was an active lady, but not one to ever do cardio. Her life long diet was whole foods, and she ate as much butter as she wanted. The nutrition that is packed in butter is necessary for rejuvenation of the vital organs in our body: and this shows in our ability to maintain intellect way into our 90s.

Best Way to Eat Butter

The worst foods to eat with butter is any refined carbohydrates. These include butter on toasts, rolls, potatoes, cakes, pastry … ( see my refined carbs list). Best way to eat butter is with whole vegetables and meats. If you have to fry something in a pan, use butter instead of olive oil. Butter cooks better than, and does not burn like olive oil does. Olive oil is best eaten raw.

Dr Eric Berg’s Book