by Leslie Lepeska, CNT
Butter is one of the sacred foods of traditional people who knew its value in building healthy babies generation after generation. Our bodies use the cholesterol in butter as raw material for the building of sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Bright yellow butter is also a wonderful source of fertility-supporting vitamins A, D, E, and K and it helps the body absorb and use key minerals like calcium, magnesium, selenium, and iodine.
It's no wonder that Dr. Jorge Chavarro and his colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health found that high-fat dairy included in a woman’s diet helps boost her fertility. As butter consumption has declined, problems with fertility and sexual health have been on the rise.
I know it's hard to believe, but there are many studies and traditions which demonstrate that it is only dairy products which include the fat which are helpful in keeping a body fit! Butterfat supports our body's ability to use the calcium in milk. It gives food the ability to satisfy our hunger. Butter's short and medium-chain fatty acids are easily and quickly absorbed by the body to give us quick energy, so they are less likely to cause weight gain than margarines and commercial vegetable oils. Believe it or not, butter is a key element of a keep-fit regime.
The fat in butter provides a steady form of energy, unlike the see-saw energy from carbohydrate foods like sugars and grains. A high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet sends our insulin levels, and thereby, our other hormone levels, out of balance. Butter supports a steady release of insulin, which further contributes to balancing our hormones and improving our fertility.
Your brain is mainly made of cholesterol and fat, mostly the saturated fat which is plentiful in butter. The fats in butter support our body's use of other fatty acids, including the DHA, the omega-3 oil in fatty fish which is crucial to a baby's brain development.
Low cholesterol levels are associated with an increase in aggressive behavior, suicide, and mood disorders like postpartum depression. The cholesterol in butter, too, supports our body's handling of stress by providing a key precursor of cortisol, the main stress hormone.
The vitamins and fats in butter nourish our hair, our skin, and our eyes. Butter hydrates our skin better than water does. Butter's Vitamin A and antioxidant Vitamin E help to prevent wrinkles. The saturated fats and biotin in butter make for healthier hair. The Vitamin A in golden butter lends power and sparkle to our eyes.
We have been taught to fear the saturated fats in butter, but our cell membranes need saturated fats to give us a smoothly functioning body and soft healthy skin.
Did you know that saturated fat is the favored fuel of the heart? It's no wonder then that the body builds a cushion of saturated fat around the heart, providing a reserve of quick energy in times of stress. Butter's saturated fat plays a key role in the health of the heart. Adding butter to the diet reduces lipoprotein (a), a marker for heart disease risk.
Butterfat supports the building of muscles, including the smooth muscle of the heart.
We all know that calcium is necessary to build bones and teeth, but what is less known is that without the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K, and the saturated fat in foods like butter, our body cannot absorb and use the minerals, like calcium and phosphorus, and protein in our food. Butterfat enables the building of strong bones and teeth, and protects against tooth decay in both baby and mom.
How can we build bones and teeth, our baby's or our own, with low-fat or skim milk, which lacks the very fats and fat-soluble vitamins that are crucial for the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus! Let's enjoy our butter and heavy cream, use whole-milk yogurt, and drink full-fat milk, knowing that we are loving our bones in the process!