Butter for the last 30 years has gotten a bad reputation. It causes heart disease, increase cholesterol and basically clogs your arteries. Why is this, you ask? Isn't butter something that has been eaten for centuries? Well, I'm here to tell you that not all butter is created equal and there IS butter that is healthier and better for you than margarine and conventional butter found at your supermarket. Butter made from the milk of grass fed cows (though difficult to find) is such a butter. High in omega 3 fatty acids, this delicious and nutritious butter is higher in natural antioxidants that are fat soluble such as vitamin A, E and D. I had to search far and wide for this type of butter, you would think that living in California, the heart of agriculture for the country, it would be easy to find organic, grass fed butter. Not so. But thank God for the internet, grass fed butter can be found at one of my favorite sites, Tropical Traditions.
In addition to awesome coconut oil and flour, Tropical Traditions is selling grass fed butter from cows raised in small Iowa farms by Mennonite and Amish farmers. A test that I recommend for those who are interested, is to compare traditionally grown and grass fed butters. I call this the finger test. Put a little of each type of butter on your finger tips, mash it around and then try and rinse it off with warm water (about 98 degrees, body temp). You will be surprised to find out that the grass fed butter easily washes off with water and the traditionally grown (even organically grown but not grass fed) butter will require soap to get off your fingers. So you wonder which one is better for your arteries? It's pretty obvious. This same test goes for ground beef, traditionally grown versus grass fed beef. So not all dairy or red meat is bad for you, it just has to do with how the cows are grown and fed. On the natural diet of grass, beef is probably healthier for you than fish (since fish commonly is high in mercury) and farmed fish is horribly unhealthy. Back to the old adage, we are what we eat, this applies to all animal products, cows and fish alike.
Thanks for reading, I have no financial relationship to Tropical Traditions, I just love their stuff.