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Scientists confirm that butter probably won’t harm your health, but margarine could be deadly

Butter has always been known as “smooth”, but the journey into the public eye has been everything but smooth. 

Butter has had a bad reputation amongst society, and many still see it as bad. 

Here’s the good things about butter:

Anti-Saturated Fats & Ancel Keys

For over half a century, from clinicians to consumers have viewed and criticized butter for its high amounts of saturated-fat and its link to heart disease and obesity. Even with modern research, some still view those claims as true and it is all thanks to one man—Ancel Keys. Society’s opinion of butter is rooted from Keys’ seven-country research project in where he had compared 13,000 middle-aged men’s diets and health. 

He concluded that many consumed large amounts of saturated fats and had heart disease.  Nina Teicholz, investigative journalist, notes that later analysis of Keys’ studies show that “what best correlated with heart disease was not saturated fat intake but sugar.” Most importantly, we blatantly see the danger in inadequate research and false claims. Its resulted in a major multi-generational notion that you should prevent consuming saturated fats (Butter) when these foods provide health benefits for all. 

Saturated Fat’s Critical Role

Even though the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have gone through some positive changes, but there are still myths about the intake of saturated fats are still present. The public is more aware, due to research and published studies, that we can benefit from a healthy increase of saturated fats. 

Benefits of Eating Saturated Fats

Improved cardiovascular risk factors
Stronger bones
Improved liver health
Healthy lungs
Healthy brain
Proper nerve signaling
Strong immune system

Saturated fats are considered not healthy for us; in fact, we do need them for some of the reasons above. If consuming these fats from animals and vegetables , the saturated fats can act as a stable foundation for cell membranes and hormones can build with.

8 Health Benefits of Butter

The meta-analysis reviewed studies from 9 publications, including 15 country-specific cohorts, which added up to 636,351 unique participants for a huge total of 6 1/2 million person-years of follow-up. Researchers have found that butter has a small or neutral overall association with cardiovascular disease, mortality, and diabetes. So, such minor and (sometimes) relative effects suggest that there isn’t a need to increase or decrease your daily consumption of butter.

If you want to keep or make butter a part of your diet, this is how it will help you:

1. Vitamin A (which helps with vision) and D, E, and K (which are fat-soluble)

2. Contains manganese, chromium, zinc, copper, and selenium (which is a powerful antioxidant)

3. Contains healthy short and medium-chain fatty acids (which support your immune system) as well as anti-microbial properties (which boost metabolism)

4. Perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats (which contain arachidonic acid that helps with brain function and skin health)

5. Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA (which is a compound that helps protect against various cancers and helps to store muscle instead of fat)

6. Contains glycospingolipids (which are fatty acids that protect your body against gastrointestinal infections)

7. Good cholesterol (which aids in healthy cellular function)

8. Contains the Wulzen Factor (which is a hormone-like substance that helps with things such as joint stiffness and ensures that calcium gets deposited in bones rather than joints)

If possible, look for raw, grass-fed butter to receive full health benefits. You will need to seek it in more than usual timing, but it outweighs what is found at your local supermarket. 

Grass-Fed Butter

Pure butter only needs milk and fat. Even with a similar taste, the most imperative factor is its nutritional value, which depends on the cow’s diet. Being very cost-effective, many farmers feed their cows grains. Research has proven, that grass-fed cows produce abundant amounts of nutrients. So, when farmers use this milk to make pure butter, it is better for your health. 

What You Need to Know About Margarine

Margarine’s Creation Story

Even with butters bad reputation, its made from two natural ingredients, and margarine is short of being natural. A French scientist, Michel Chevreul, first created margarine (margaric acid) in his own private lab in 1813. Butter was deemed too costly at the time so, in that same year, Emperor Napoleon III offered a prize to whomever could create a substitute for butter. He also wanted his navy and lower subjects to have an inexpensive butter.  Them, Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès won a prize with his own patented process of churning milk with rendered beef fat. Mège-Mouriès then went on to partner with a Dutch company to sell margarine internationally. As a result, “perks” like profits, convenience, simple production and long shell life have factored in to margarine’s unfortunate popularity to current times. 

So why is margarine so bad? 

Since its creation in in 1813, manufacturers have made margarine through a hydrogenation process, which creates trans fats. Researchers have done may studies that revealed trans-saturated fats have a shockingly large numbers of negative health effects. One large review reviewed that many studies found that trans-fats impacted or increased the risk of breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases, colon cancer, interference with essential fatty acids, child allergies and diabetes. 

A study in the British Medical Journal found that trans-saturated fats are associated with total coronary heart disease, all-cause mortality, and coronary heart disease mortality. These are due to hydrogenated trans-saturated fats as to reflect trans-saturated fats from sheep, and cattle. 

Margarine’s Effect on our Bodies

With the effects above, here are some things trans-saturated fats in margarine do to your body are:

Raise your bad cholesterol levels
Lower your good cholesterol levels
Increase your risk of developing heart disease and/or stroke
Put you at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes
Raise the risk of death by thirty-four percent

Get rid of the trans-saturated fat filled margarine from your diet, and substitute it with organic, grass-fed butter. At the end of the day, a chemical spread isn’t worth your good health. Life is so much better with pure butter.

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