I was reading an article about the many benefits of certain fatty acids and the last sentence of the article, without any explanation, dropped a butter bomb. We all know we should be including foods like fatty fish, avocados, nuts and seeds. Perhaps an argument can even be made for taking an omega-3 supplement. This article, which I have sense lost track of detailed all the many positive dietary reasons for eating omega-3 foods. The last sentence said something like: Researchers have noticed many of the same health benefits in subjects that consumed a lot of butter.
That surprised me as I had not heard of this before. For years I have told anyone who would listen that they should always use butter instead of margarine. This opinion was formed long ago not because I thought butter was a health food, but because of the properties of margarine led me to the conclusion that it had to be bad for human health. Margarine is a highly processed, chemically created product. Margarines and other hydrogenated or processed oils should be avoided at all costs. Organic butter on the other hand is a natural product with many great health benefits. Here is a website with a lot of good information on the subject. When you click through to the link be sure to take note of the left sidebar, it made me smile when I saw it.
This is just another example of how many diet related choices can be made very simply. Some say if it comes in a box or plastic shrink wrap, avoid it. I think if the “food” in question is highly processed, refined, or chemically altered, make another choice. The closer your food is to its natural state, the healthier it will be for you. The sidebar in the above link claims that those folks are happy because they eat butter. I would argue it goes further than that. Maybe they are happy because they eat “happy” butter. Or at least butter made from the milk of healthy, “happy” animals.