Reasons Why You Should Eat Butter
Instead of Artificial Butter Spreads
The anti-fat camp will tell you to "sharply limit your intake of saturated fats."
A study by Dr. Michael and Dr. Mary Eades, posted on mercola.com in September 2009, states: "Saturated fats do not increase the risk of heart disease nor raise cholesterol. In fact, humans need them."
Here we have two opposing views which require explanation. I think you would be pleased to hear why the good doctors say "saturated fats are necessary to the human diet."
1. IMPROVED CARDIOVASCULAR RISK FACTORS. Saturated fat plays a key role in cardiovascular health. It reduces the levels of a substance called lipo-protein that correlates strongly with the risk of heart disease. Research has shown that when women diet, those eating the greatest percentage of saturated fat, lose the most weight.
2. STRONGER BONES. Saturated fat is required for calcium to be effectively incorporated into bone. According to Dr. Mary Enig, PhD, there is a case for having as much as 50% of the fats in your diet as saturated fats.
3. IMPROVED LIVER HEALTH. Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from alcohol and meditations including acetaminophen (aspirin) and other drugs commonly used for pain and arthritis.
4. HEALTHY BRAIN. Your brain is made of fat and cholesterol. Most of the fatty acids in the brain are actually saturated. Skimping on healthy saturated fats robs the brain of the raw materials it needs to function optimally.
5. HEALTHY LUNGS. For proper function, the airspaces of the lungs have to be coated with a think layer surfactant. The fat content of lung surfactant is 100% saturated fatty acids. Replacement of these critical fats by other types of fat makes faulty surfactant and potentially causes breathing difficulties.
6. PROPER NERVE SIGNALING. Certain saturated fats, particularly those found in butter, lard, coconut oil and palm oil, function directly as "signaling messengers" that influence metabolism including such critical jobs as the appropriate release of insulin.
7. STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM. Saturated fats found in butter and coconut oil (mynistic acid and lauric acid) play key roles in immune health. Loss of saturated fatty acids in white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize and destroy foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Source: Four Hour Work Week, 06 September 2009
Saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide a concentrated source of energy in your diet, and they provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances.
When you eat, saturated fats as a part of your meal, they slow down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry. They also act as carrier for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Dietary fats are needed for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption and for a host of other biological processes.
So while this report goes against what is repeated by public health agencies, you are urged to do your own research if you doubt the merits of what you have read. We suggest you read the article, "The Truth About Saturated Fats", by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon. It is one of the best and most thorough introductions to this topic and is a "quick read", so take the time to look for it on the internet and decide for yourself.