Friday, January 13, 2012

Discussion on Butter

Most would have probably been told to avoid all dairy products
from their diet. I have heard how people complaint about dairy as a phlegm
forming foods and we should cut down our intake of dairy as much as possible.

However, I would be honest and admit that I am a huge fan of
butter and I really look forward to eating butter with bread in the mornings as
my breakfast. So naturally I have to look into it and read up about how truly unhealthy
butter is and if it is really that unhealthy to begin with (as some claim).

Below is some of the information that I have gathered:

- Butter consists of mainly butterfat, milk protein and water.
- The saturated fatty acids of butterfat are Palmitic acid, Myristic
acid, Stearic acid and traces of Pentadecanoic acid and Heptadecanoic acid.
-The unsaturated fatty acids are Oleic acid, Palmitoleic acid,
Linoleic acid and Linolenic acid.
-Clarified butter is butter with almost all of its water and milk solids removed, leaving
almost-pure butterfat. Known as Ghee.
-Rich in vitamin A- necessary for thyroid, adrenal health and good
eye vision.
-It is a source of Vitamin K2- for treating arthritis, osteoporosis, tooth
decay, tuberculosis, emphysema and asthma.
-Butter helps to protect from gastrointestinal infections.
-The fat enables body to absorb minerals, as it is a source of
Activator X.

As I have also heard, human breast milk contains more than 33%
fats (mostly saturated fats). Perhaps this will make it clear that fats are not
necessarily a bad thing? The key is (really) moderation.

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