Most of us have been led to believe that artificial margarine products are better for us than 100% natural, grass fed butter. The truth is that margarines contain many undesirable ingredients such as emulsifiers, sterol, and hexane. Grass Fed butter is actually much better for our bodies than margarine. Here are just some of the fabulous health benefits found in grass fed butter.
Butter actually provides several vitamins that are essential to our health. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are present in butter in their easily absorbed, natural forms. The Vitamin D found in raw butter helps our bodies absorb calcium. Butter can also protect against tooth decay.
Important fatty acids known to prevent many gastrointestinal issues are found in butter. These are known as glycospingolipids, which are of special importance in small children and elderly people.It is best for children to consume whole dairy products, especially when they are of an age when the brain and nervous system are still in the developmental process.
The vital mineral selenium is found in butter, as well as iodine which is beneficial to the function of the thyroid.
It has been shown that people using butter over margarine can cut their likelihood of developing heart disease by 50%. The saturated fats found in butter also possess powerful anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties.
Butter possesses anti-oxidant properties that can protect from free radicals. These anti-oxidants also protect the arteries from weakening. Conjulated linoleic acid is also found in butter. CLA helps build muscle, boosts immunity, and is a powerful anti-cancer agent. Butter has an anti-stiffness factor that helps protects the joints from calcifying, prevents hardening of the arteries, and even the formation of cataracts.
Since around the 1970′s, the public has been preached to about the dangers of saturated fats are. In reality, although Americans are now consuming less saturated fats, we have an increased rate in the occurrence of diabetes, obesity, and the heart disease. Raw, organic butter is much healthier than any processed, chemical concoction created by man. Butter is natural and a healthy food when used in moderation.
Cheese contains both fat and protein along with many other beneficial components. Nonetheless, the most common advice when it comes to cheese is that you should only eat cheeses that are low fat or fat free. Unfortunately, doing this leaves you missing a lot of good eating! If you don’t enjoy artificial, processed American cheese food, and you feel just certain that cheese must actually have good health benefits, read on to be validated!
Many Americans are under the false assumption that eating cheese promotes unhealthy blood cholesterol levels; however, according to a recent study in Denmark, nothing could be further from the truth. Danish researchers found that subjects who consumed ten ounces of full-fat cheese daily measured no change in low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. This is the cholesterol that is generally termed “bad”. Additionally, people who eat moderate amounts of full-fat cheese tend to be thinner thanks to linoleic acid which helps boost metabolism.
According to Alan Aragon, a Westlake Village CA nutritionist, full-fat cheese is chock full of health and nutritional benefits. Mr. Aragon says that full-fat cheese provides an excellent combination of healthy fat and protein that work wonders to help you feel satisfied and reduce feelings of hunger between planned meals and snacks. He cautions that full-fat cheese should be eaten in carefully measured amounts and that binging is to be avoided. Of course, this is true with most foods!
In addition to healthful fats and protein, cheese also provides a good dose of calcium to build strong bones and teeth and help prevent osteoporosis. Cheese is also rich in biotin and zinc which are helpful in growth, repair, strengthening and maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails.
Researchers and chefs recommend adding healthful, full-fat cheese to nutrition conscious dishes to perk up flavor and add valuable protein content. They point out that adding the taste and texture sensations provided by healthy, all natural cheeses promotes a healthy appetite for good food. That’s a good thing! After all, eating well is one of the necessary components to gaining and maintaining good health.
Forget everything you think you know about beef. That it’s high in saturated fat. That the best cuts are marbleized with fat. That it’s a splurge food. That it increases your risk for certain diseases.
It turns out that a lot of these issues are triggered by an unnatural pH in a cow’s first stomach. The fermentation chamber that initiates what will ultimately be the critical balance of fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and enzymes that are essential for human nutrition, the first stomach must be healthy in order for an animal to produce healthy meat.
Forage-grazing animals have a healthy, highly-functioning pH of 7, which allows for an abundance of the essential fermentation bacteria that create high levels of CLA, omega-3s, branch-chain amino acids, vitamins and digestive enzymes. But even a small amount of grain can throw all this off: just 30 days on a grain diet can offset 200 days of grazing chemistry.
For almost all of human history, there was only one way to raise animals: off the surrounding land. Cattle spent their lives years grazing on the indigenous goodness of local grasses to grow into strong, fully developed adults. Other grazing animals like goats, sheep and bison lived the same way—known as ruminants, these animals are designed to eat the grasses, plants and shrubs that grow naturally. Ranchers knew this and nurtured soil, water and plants for pastures that were alive with the high-quality grasses and legumes essential for healthy animal growth. Free to roam these lush, green pastures, animals were healthy and their resulting meat was lean, nutritious and rich in flavor.
Today the reality is far different.
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
There are many different factors that could lead to better health.
Diet, exercise, and adequate sleep, are some of the different ways to help maintain your health and wellness.
Diet can play a key role in improving the health of your cardiovascular system and central nervous system, and it can also directly impact your weight loss.
What you eat can translate into improvements or even decreases in your health.
Now, research shows that by including foods that contain pterostilbenes, you may improve your cholesterol levels which can potentially improve heart health.
Let me explain…
I’ve read about this very interesting Harvard University study about exercise multiple times in the past, but I was just recently reminded about this study again while reading the fascinating book called 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman.
Pay attention, because this actually shows a pretty powerful trick that you can use to literally make ANY workout or exercise program a LOT more effective and results producing.
According to the book 59 Seconds, here’s how this study was carried out…
I am a huge advocate for gaining muscle. I love the way it looks on a female. For years I wanted people to notice that I worked out. Finally, after losing enough fat off my entire body, my muscle definition became visible and people noticed!
Muscle is not just aesthetically pleasing, it is EXTREMELY important for a myriad of health benefits.
Here are nine reasons women should not be afraid of gaining muscle:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the World Health Organization, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion agree – you should eat more fruits and vegetables.
Up to 10 total servings a day!
That’s a lot of food.
And besides having to eat all that food, maybe you don’t love the taste of fruits, vegetables or greens. Or you don’t have time to shop 2-3 times a week to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and greens? And don’t get me started about preparing the food (washing, chopping, peeling, dicing, mincing, steaming, grilling, microwaving, broiling, and baking can be a real pain in the rear!)
If You Can’t Beat Mother Nature, Join Her!
By Cassandra Forsythe-Pribanic, PhD, RD
One of the hardest aspects of starting a new diet plan is appetite control. Now, we’re not talking about ultra-restrictive dieting here, because those are just silly and only result in rebounds and misery.
What we’re referring to is any dietary switch that requires you to pay attention to some aspect of your nutrition with the goal of dropping body fat and improving health. Whether it be carbohydrate cycling or calorie confusion, any time you make a conscious effort to improve what you feed your body, your appetite can be your biggest enemy.