When people ask me for nutritional advice, the one thing that I seem to have the most problem convincing them to include in their diet is butter. It’s demonised by a lot of the weight loss companies that would rather sell you crappy, highly processed and sugary drinks and snacks, rather then have you eat something that can not only improve the condition of your skin, hair and joints but also helps your body absorb vitamins and nutrients.
The theory that fat makes you fat is pretty sound. And it’s not completely at fault – trans fats that you find in processed foods can make you fat, miserable and poison your body in a number of unhealthy ways.
But good fat is an incredible thing to include in your diet. Symptoms of dietary fat deficiency include feeling cold, cravings, dryness of the skin and eyes, joint problems, fatigue and tiredness. Butter contains traces of magnesium, chromium, copper and zinc which are all essential for normal body functions, along with a good mixture of Omega 3 & 6 which helps with brain function and the aforementioned skin health.
Good quality grass-fed butter also contains CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), which is a compound that has been shown to help provide protection against various forms of cancer and helps the body to store muscle instead of fat.
Another reason that butter gets a bad press (aside from the assumption that it just makes you fat) is that it can raise cholesterol. This is true, but it raises good cholesterol (HDL) and helps to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL). HDL is known as good cholesterol as it seems to help to protect against heart attacks. Low levels of this type of cholesterol can increase heart disease risk. As mentions in this article:
‘Medical experts think that HDL tends to carry cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it’s passed from the body. Some experts believe that HDL removes excess cholesterol from arterial plaque, slowing its build-up.’
I could go into a lot of technical information about the benefits of butter but I like to try and keep things easy to follow and to understand. However, there is plenty of scientific/medical/nutritional date on the web and in various medical journeys that is there form those who won’t to go and read up more about it.
A quick word regarding margarine – this is what most people have when trying to lose weight but it’s one of the last things you should be eating. Highly processed and can cause inflammation, it’s also high in trans fats which as I’ve already mentioned are fats you want to avoid. I don’t want to waste too much time talking about this as it’s junk, but you shouldn’t be eating it. Take a look at the ingredients – are they really things you want to be putting into your body?
This had been my first blog in over a year, but I’m hoping to do this more often. I see a lot of people making bad food choices and want to try and help people understand what their eating and what effects it has on their body. I include myself in this, so I’m hoping that by helping others I can also help myself.
If there’s any food you would like me to write about, then please feel free to contact me.
Take care and eat well,