The Skinny on Animal Fats

Contrary to popular belief, when a person eats the fat from an organic animal (including butter, milk, and cream), there is a decrease in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, inflammation, blood sugar (insulin) imbalance, cancer, weight gain, and stored body fat. In other words, eating organic, grass-fed beef and milk/cream/butter from such cows helps to prevent weight/fat gain and prevents disease.
Butter and cream from pasture fed cows contains a form of rearranged Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), which has strong anticancer properties.  It also encourages the buildup of muscle and prevents weight gain.  CLA disappears when cows are fed even small amounts of grain and processed food. They must be fed grass only to produce milk with CLA.
The fat in whole milk contains glycosphinogolipids, a type of fat that protects against gastrointestinal infections, especially in the very young and the elderly. (For most people, the butter does not have to be raw or organic to obtain the benefits, but due to my dairy fat allergy, I find that raw and/or cultured butter fat is the only milk fat I can digest without allergy complications.)
Both butter fat and coconut oil contain medium chain fatty acids, a saturated fat that is antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-tumoral, and is supportive to the immune system. One can eat a small amount of butterfat or large amounts of coconut oil to get this into his/her system. (For most people, the butter does not have to be raw or organic to obtain the benefits, but due to my dairy fat allergy, I find that raw and/or cultured butter fat is the only milk fat I could eat at first without allergy complications. As I heal my gut, I’m able to enjoy more raw, organic dairy products without reactions.)
Butter contains a perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Most people get too many omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in organic, free-range chicken eggs (not in commercial eggs), fish, walnuts, and flax seeds. Omega 3s reduce inflammation in the body, help to prevent arthritis and depression, and many other good things.
Most Americans get too many omega 6 fatty acids in their diet and relation to omega 3s. We need both, but they need to be in balance to be healthy. Omega 6 fatty acids are from vegetable oils, like canola, sunflower, safflower, corn, sesame, peanut, and soy.  Too much omega 6 in the diet leads to:
·         cardiovascular disease
·         type 2 diabetes
·         obesity
·         metabolic syndrome
·         irritable bowel syndrome & inflammatory bowel disease
·         macular degeneration
·         rheumatoid arthritis
·         asthma
·         cancer
·         psychiatric disorders
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