Butter is a health food.
I recently saw this article by Dr Vikki Petersen. DC, CCN called, “Why I Frequently Allow Butter on a Dairy Free Diet” and I thought it was great. For years I have been telling my patients the same things that Dr. Petersen has about eating right.
I preach to avoid dairy products in general (milk, cheese, cream, ice cream,
yogurt, etc…) except butter.
One of the problems with dairy products in general is the protein casein. This protein is used in glues, paints, plastics and fibers and in cheese making. Casein is thought to be a highly problematic, may cause allergic and sensitivity reactions in people who eat it.
A California chiropractor, Dr. Twogood, found that casein can be a cause of headaches, back and neck pain. He also observed that patients with chronic joint pain and arthritic symptoms are often allergic to milk products. In addition, milk allergy, like other food allergies, can be responsible for a myriad of other symptoms ranging from irritable bowel syndrome, chronic ear infections, fatigue, anemia, ADD in children, depression and anxiety.
So why is butter OK then?
The butter is separated, taken off of the top of the whole milk. The solid proteins that contain the Casein sink down in the milk. By the time the butter and milk separate, the casein has dropped down into the milk portion. Butter hardly contains any Casein.
In Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD’s article “Why Butter Is Better” they tell us that butter actually protects us from many diseases.
- Butter protects you from heart disease (contrary to popular opinion)
- Butter improves the health of your adrenal glands and thyroid
- Butter also helps with with your cholesterol metabolism
- Butter helps to protect your cells as an antioxidant
- Butter protects you against cancer
- Butter is essential for a healthy immune system
- Butter improves your bone health
- Butter is important for healthy digestion
- And more…
Stay away from butter impostors…
I recommend that the best things to use with your food is butter and/or a high quality olive oil. Any thing else can be deadly. Stay away from trans fats, margarine, vegetable oil, corn oil and other mystery spreads. I’m net even trusting coconut oil or palm oil yet.
In general use simple foods that are not constructed in a laboratory and you will be healthier and thinner. Eat whole natural, organic, fresh foods in general. You will feel much better.