Over the last 30 years or so butter consumption (and fat consumption for that matter) has been on the decline. Until the last few years that is. What happened during this decline? Obesity and degenerative diseases went up. Now I am by absolutely no means saying that by not eating butter we got fat and increased our risk factors for certain diseases. But what has happened is that we have filled the void left by not eating saturated fats with sugar laden items and/or industrial seed oils.
In that last few years saturated fat has been making a comeback and with it butter! People (scientist and doctors included) are realizing that the whole non-fat thing didn't really work out that well. Fat isn't clogging your arteries as once thought. Cholesterol isn't the devil it was made out to be, in fact quite the opposite.
Now there is one big kicker with butter and dairy for that matter. Virtually all dairy comes from your run of the mill feed-lot, grain fed, cud chewers. Cows did not evolve to eat grains. Soy, corn, and "other" by products are fed to cows because it is cheap and accessible.
Grain fed cows, and virtually all animals, have a totally different nutrient composition when compared to their pasture grazing, grass-fed sista's. Grain-fed cows have very low omega 3's and high omega 6's. This poor ratio leads to an increased risk of disease by increasing the degree of oxidation within the body. Unless fed organic grains, the cows are full of antibiotics and other toxins and chemicals. Toxins are mostly stored in fat cells. If you eat conventional butter, it has much higher chemicals, antibiotics, and a poor omega 3:6 ratio.
Grass-fed pasture grazers are almost completely the opposite. They have a good omega 3:6 ratio. Some grass-fed cows can even approach having as many omega 3's per serving as salmon! They generally
have low toxins and chemicals in their system due to feeding on naturally occurring grasses. The grasses they eat contain many more nutrients when compared to the feed generally giving to grain-fed cows. Therefore the fat composition of a grass-fed cow is far healthier! Important when your eating something that is virtually all fat.
Now this is what most people will do...go to your local health food store pick up a 500g pack of grass-fed butter and go holy shit...$11 for butter. No way. I can go to Costco a get a 4 pack for $10. While that is true and I get it, I challenge you to make some important changes in your life.
Fat, followed by protein and then carbs, is the most important macronutrient to buy organic and grass fed/free range. Because fat does hold a lot of toxins and chemicals it is something you should absolutely seek out to buy organic and pasture raised!
When cost becomes a factor try to focus on other areas of your life where you could make a cut. Maybe your $6 Venti-soy-extra hot-moccachino-with extra whip could be cut out? Just saying...might help more then just your pocket book?
One last thing, grass-fed butter is difficult to find here in Canada. Because we have a shorter grazing season grass-fed butter is really only available during the late summer and fall...RIGHT NOW! So get on it. Kristen and I like to stock up at this time of year. Sometimes you get a "look" when your checking out with $100 worth of butter but it is worth it!
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