Butter & Heart Disease"Heart disease was rare in America at the turn of the century. Between 1920 and 1960, the incidence of heart disease rose precipitously to become America's number one killer. During the same period butter consumption plummeted from eighteen pounds per person per year to four. It doesn't take a Ph.D. in statistics to conclude that butter is not a cause.
Actually butter contains many nutrients that protect us from heart disease. First among these is vitamin A which is needed for the health of the thyroid and adrenal glands, both of which play a role in maintaining the proper functioning of the heart and cardiovascular system. Abnormalities of the heart and larger blood vessels occur in babies born to vitamin A deficient mothers. Butter is America's best and most easily absorbed source of vitamin A.
Butter contains lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents.
Butter also contains a number of anti-oxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries. Vitamin A and vitamin E found in butter both play a strong anti-oxidant role. Butter is a very rich source of selenium, a vital anti-oxidant--containing more per gram than herring or wheat germ.
Butter is also a good dietary source cholesterol. What?? Cholesterol an anti-oxidant?? Yes indeed, cholesterol is a potent anti-oxidant that is flooded into the blood when we take in too many harmful free-radicals--usually from damaged and rancid fats in margarine and highly processed vegetable oils.3 A Medical Research Council survey showed that men eating butter ran half the risk of developing heart disease as those using margarine.4
Butter & Cancer
Actually many of the saturated fats in butter have strong anti-cancer properties. Butter is rich in short and medium chain fatty acid chains that have strong anti-tumor effects.6 Butter also contains conjugated linoleic acid which gives excellent protection against cancer.7
Vitamin A and the anti-oxidants in butter--vitamin E, selenium and cholesterol--protect against cancer as well as heart disease.
Butter & the Immune SystemVitamin A found in butter is essential to a healthy immune system; short and medium chain fatty acids also have immune system strengthening properties. But hydrogenated fats and an excess of long chain fatty acids found in polyunsaturated oils and many butter substitutes both have a deleterious effect on the immune system.8
Butter & Osteoporosis, Butter & the Thyroid Gland, Butter & Gastrointestinal Health,
Butter & Weight Gain, Butter for Growth & Development. For more info on these subjects go to:http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/519-why-butter-is-better.html
Butter’s beneficial components include…
Antioxidants. Beta-carotene, selenium and other antioxidants shield the body from free-radical damage.
Butyric acid. This short-chain fatty acid supports colon health.
Conjugated linoleic acids. CLAs fight cancer, build muscle and boost immunity.
Iodine. Butter is rich in iodine, which is essential to thyroid health.
Lauric acid. A medium-chain fatty acid, lauric acid encourages the body’s immune system to fend off yeast and other infections.
Lecithin. This phospholipid protects cells from oxidation and may contribute to cholesterol metabolism.
Vitamin A. Butter contains the readily absorbable form of vitamin A, which is a must for eye and endocrine health.
Vitamin D. This vitamin helps your body absorb calcium to maintain strong bones and plays a role in reducing your risk for chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and colon and other cancers.
Vitamin E. Anti-inflammatory vitamin E speeds wound healing, promotes skin health, enhances immunity and may protect against a host of illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Vitamin K. Proper blood clotting and bone health are among the benefits offered by fat-soluble vitamin K.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FAT? See more at: http://www.medifasthealth.org/blog/2010/11/06/can-butter-be-better-for-you/
Well, now I have you all buttered up, I'll tell you what we did today:
Jay and I took the second bench seat out of the van, and headed out to Habitat For Humanity Re-Store. We took a little cordless circular saw, and measurements with us, as I knew that 8' long sheets might not fit in the van. But, they had already sold the pallet of paneling.
Then we headed south to the big RV Store with a long list. But I only bought the Dicor Cleaner-Primer-Activator for the rubber roof. Our local RV Store doesn't carry the Dicor brand, and I knew I had better stick with the brand that went with the sealer. It seemed like all the other RV items that I needed, that used to cost $5, now cost close to $20! I am going to rat around in my big bin of RV parts and see what I already have.
We started out this morning wearing T-shirts, turtlenecks and sweaters, but by the time we were done, we were down to T-shirts, and had the AC on in the van. This is our nice winter weather, but we will have some more cold days.
We stopped at 2 Home Depots and a Lowes, and couldn't find any paneling that I liked.
Then, on the way back at our local Lowes, I fell in love.
I saw this light paneling and happened to spot some linoleum that matched it. I just had to get them.
This made my day!