Many people today assume that because butter is high in saturated fat, it could lead to skyrocketing cholesterol levels, clogged arteries, and heart attacks, but eating butter can give you the best nutrients for your health. your body.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. In the late 1970s, nutrition professionals decided that foods high in saturated fat like butter were to blame for heart disease.

However, scientific studies found that eating butter from grass- fed cows is good for your heart.

The Saturated Fat Myth

The reason butter was demonized by nutrition professionals is because it is high in saturated fat. However, the saturated fat content in butter is really not a cause for concern.

Medical studies showed that there is no significant evidence to conclude that saturated fat in the diet is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. A review of medical studies found no correlation between consumption of saturated fat (in general) and heart disease.

In fact, consuming saturated fat can increase HDL (good cholesterol) levels, which is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

Consuming saturated fat can also change LDL from small, dense (bad) LDL to large LDL, which is not associated with heart disease.

Benefits of eating free-range cow butter

As you can see, medical studies have shown that the myth about saturated fats causing heart disease is wrong. There is no reason to avoid butter because of its saturated fat content.

Butter from grass-fed cows contains heart-healthy nutrients

Butter is milk fat. Scientists found that butter contains around 400 different fatty acids and a good amount of fat-soluble vitamins.

One of the fatty acids in butter is called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Many people use CLA as a weight loss supplement, and medical studies show that it can be extremely beneficial to your health.

The Journal of Dietary Sciences reported that grass-fed butter contains 500% more CLA than butter from grain-fed cows (10).

Free-range butter contains vitamin K2 that decalcifies your arteries

Vitamin K is an extremely important nutrient for optimal heart health.

There are two main forms of vitamin K:

• Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone): found in plant foods like green leafy vegetables and broccoli.
• Vitamin K2 (menaquinone): found in foods of animal origin, especially organ meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle.

Vitamin K1 is important for blood clotting. Vitamin K2 helps prevent vascular calcification.

Butter from grass-fed cows is one of the best sources of vitamin K2 in the diet. Egg yolks, beef liver, and natto are also good sources of vitamin K2.

A study on the effects of vitamin K2 on heart disease. This study followed 4807 individuals for 7-10 years. At the beginning of the study, the group had no cases of heart attack.

Study participants who consumed the most vitamin K2 had a significantly lower risk of death from heart disease, a lower risk of death from all causes, and a lower incidence of severe calcification in the aorta.

Another study involved 562 postmenopausal women. 62% of the women had evidence of coronary calcification. However, women with the highest vitamin K2 intake had significantly decreased coronary artery calcification.

Previous studies showed that vitamin K2 is an important nutrient for heart health, so tips to avoid butter and grass-fed eggs can actually increase your risk of heart disease.

Free range butter contains omega-3 fatty acids that help prevent heart attacks

Butter from grass-fed cows is also much higher in Omega-3 fatty acids than butter from grain-fed cows.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of sudden death caused by cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) and mortality from all causes in patients with coronary heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are also used to treat high blood pressure and high levels of lipids in the blood.

As you can see, eating butter from grass-fed cows is good for your heart because of its omega-3 fatty acids.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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