For many years, Americans have had butter-like products foisted upon us and touted as better options to real butter. To be clear, when the food industry creates a synthetic version of food and tells us it’s “better” they mean “better for our bottom line”. It’s cheaper. Do not consume these pretenders thinking you’re getting anything close to a useful nutrient from them! Eat real butter.

Why are we talking about butter? Because it can positively affect health on a lot of fronts.  Here are a few:

  • Butter is an outstanding source of vitamin A (essential for the immune system to function properly)
  • Indeed, the vitamin A in butter has proven to be three times as effective as the vitamin A in fish liver oils
  • The natural vitamin D (again with the immune system!) is 100 times as effective as commercial supplements of vitamin D (viosterol)
  • Back before its bad press, butter was widely prescribed by physicians as a remedy for tuberculosis, psoriasis, xerophthalmia (a type of chronic dry eye), dental caries, and the prevention of rickets
  • Butter carries enough vitamin E to prevent deficiency. Vitamin E is important for sexual maturation, the ability to carry a fetus to term or even conceive, healthy sperm, and healthy joints, muscles, and bones

If you struggle with digestion of any dairy products, give ghee a try or you could try cultured butter. The ghee is clarified butter and the cultured butter contains key probiotics that help with the digestion of dairy. Are you using the tubs of goo made from otherwise inedible oils because you like your butter to be spreadable? Try keeping real butter in a butter bell on the counter. The water in there helps prevent bacterial or fungal growth so your butter can be room temperature and therefore spreadable. Know that slathering a bit of butter on your steamed or roasted veggies is not only making them more flavorful, but also adding key nutrients to your meal!

Cheers to your health!