Is Butter Healthier than Oil? What About Margarine?
Why Is Butter Making a Comeback After Being Damned as an Un-Healthy Food for So Long?
Like salt, egg yolks and cholesterol (to name just three), butter has been vilified for decades as being terrible for our health.
It’s like there needs to be some foods to throw under the bus, so that other things won’t get blamed for diseases that make the food and “health” industries obscene amounts of money. Plus they don’t want to blame food dyes, vegetable oils, soy, high-fructose corn syrup or other things that keep crappy “foods” addictive and much cheaper to produce, while keeping everyone lining up for prescriptions to manage the plethora of health conditions that these poisons have caused.
Butter is actually far better than margarine and most oils commonly used for cooking.
Why Butter Is Good for Our Health
As well as being one of the best sources of fat soluble vitamins available, butter has many other health benefits.
Yes, butter contains saturated fats and dietary cholesterol. But despite what has become commonly believed over the last 3 or 4 decades, both saturated fats and cholesterol are necessities for good health!
Here are some other ways that butter is good for our health:
- Vitamins A, D, K and E are fat-soluble, so as well as butter being the best source of these vitamins, they are also best absorbed getting them through eating butter. Fat-soluble vitamins are required for the absorption of water-soluble vitamins!
- The saturated fats in butter contain antimicrobial, immune-system strengthening and anti-tumor properties. Butter is one of three known natural dietary sources of lauric acid, which is a fatty acid used to treat many bacterial and fungal infections, and it is not found in any other fats other than that of butter, human breast milk and coconut oil. (source)
- The glycosphingolipids in butter help maintain our digestive functions and prevent gastro-intestinal infections. The dietary cholesterol in butter is also essential to keeping our intestinal wall strong and functioning.
- Butter contains lots of vitamin K2, which strengthens teeth and bones.
- Butter is a plentiful source of selenium. Selenium is absolutely essential for health and vitality
- Contains Arachidonic Acid and other nutrients that help with brain function, cellular health, and the prevention of cataracts and pineal gland and joint calcification.
- Excellent in just about any way you can think of for the healthy development of children, due in large part to its high vitamin A content.
- Contains highly-absorbable iodine, essential for proper thyroid function and metabolism.
Is Butter Healthier than Oil?
Butter is healthier than oil, generally speaking. Some cooking oils are healthier than others, but most are just plain bad.
The reason most oils are very unhealthy has more to do with how they are processed than what they are made from. And this is why butter is healthier than oil for cooking with and consumption, with the exception of maybe coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil (if you can find some that is actually pure), although olive oil actually has more calories than butter, believe it or not.
Is Vegetable Oil Really Made Out of Vegetables?
Whether used as a cooking oil or a butter substitute, most vegetable oils that we consume are hydrogenated, for the sake of shelf-life. This hydrogenation process introduces an unnatural compound known as trans fat.
No amount of trans fat is safe for human consumption, according to the National Academy of Sciences, due mainly to the fact that trans fats contribute to atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries), leading to heart disease.
Why is vegetable oil unhealthy if it’s made from plants? Is vegetable oil really made from vegetables? And if so, how can it be unhealthy?
Most vegetable oils are made from seeds or soybean oil, rather than vegetables. Producers of so-called vegetable oils prefer to call their products “vegetable oils” simply for marketing purposes. “Soybean oil” or “rapeseed oil” just doesn’t sound so great.
Despite being recommended by the American Heart Association and other organizations, consuming vegetable oils will result in a severe imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, increasing the risk of various chronic diseases, such as mitochondrial dysfunction and cancer. Too much omega-6 can cause severe damage to your cells.
Why Margarine Is Way Worse for You than Butter
Margarine was never made to be healthy. It was made to be cheap to produce.
In addition to containing the awful “vegetable” oils we discussed as its base, margarine contains many other nasty ingredients. Although many producers try to make their margarine healthier these days, it still contains trans fats, and lacks all of the wonderfully beneficial nutrients of butter.
By the way, eating butter does not clog your arteries, contrary to popular belief. Artery-clogging saturated fat myth debunked
The following short video will likely convince you to stop eating margarine, if you aren’t yet convinced:
You can surely now see why butter is healthier than oil (apart from coconut oil and genuine extra virgin olive oil, in some ways) or margarine, and what the health benefits of butter are, despite the common and long-held belief that butter is unhealthy.
Most vegetable oils are not actually made from plants, but from either seeds or soybeans, and then are hydrogenated, making them very unhealthy, and their consumption is linked to various diseases.
Have you ever noticed how butter is never marketed as a health food and margarine always is, when the complete opposite is true?
How are you enjoying living in the twenty-first century, so far??
I think that as long as we stay on our toes and question everything, we will be fine.