Choose Butter from Grass-fed Cows ( & Never Margarine)

butterRemember when margarine replaced butter as a healthier alternative? Butter was bad and margarine was good. Even people who had heart attacks were told to avoid butter and use margarine instead. But we now know otherwise. That was simply poor advice.

This holiday season, refuse to use margarine and instead replace it with organic butter from grass-fed cows. It’s not only made a comeback, once again we’re seeing that food from the most natural sources found in nature has the most health benefits. You can set it out on the table proudly after tossing out the plastic margarine tub.

In her article “The Top 5 Best and Worst Foods of All Time,” my friend and fellow author Gina Renee says this about margarine: “Margarine is a non-food; a hydrogenated concoction of junk oils from genetically engineered soy, canola, and cottonseed mixed with artificial colors and flavors (to get it to look and taste like butter), stabilizers like propylene glycol to hold it together and make it spreadable, and preservatives so it can stay on the shelf or in your fridge a long, long, time. It’s a worthless so-called ‘food.’ Look at the ingredient label sometime–not too appetizing. Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils increase cholesterol and rates of coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer. And, they make us FAT–actually causing alterations in our fat cell size and number. Throw out the margarine and switch to organic, grass-fed, raw butter.”

margarineAbout 10 years ago I began to change my thinking about margarine. All my life I had avoided the dreaded butter, opting instead for margarine, which I believed was better, and which many people still believe is better. It isn’t! I can’t remember at this point why I believed margarine was better, but I can only assume it was the result of a savvy marketing campaign.

Many of our ancestors ate butter regularly without experiencing the rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity that are now common. Real butter from grass-fed cows contains trace minerals, lecithin, healthy cholesterol, and an important cancer preventing component called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Organic butter from grass-fed cows provides this CLA, but when cows are fed grains or processed feed the CLA disappears.

It’s important to keep in mind that GMO soy and corn drenched in pesticides are used to feed conventionally-raised cattle. This is NOT their natural diet. Grass is their natural diet. Soy and corn cause the cows digestive disturbance and much more. So if you buy butter and it’s from a large factory farm, you won’t get all the positive benefits but you will get the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides poured onto their GMO feed, plus the antibiotics and other drugs given to the cows to try to get them well from their horrific living conditions.

Please learn the truth about the serious debacle that GMOs are causing in our world (and in your own body) by reading a recent post by physician and guest blogger Dr. Randy Baker called Why Eat Organic Food? The time has come for us to take our power back.

15 thoughts on “Choose Butter from Grass-fed Cows ( & Never Margarine)

  1. Judy Stone-Goldman

    When margarine became prevalent some time in the 1960s, my mother was adamantly against it. She knew it was artificial, and she didn’t believe butter was dangerous. She was ahead of her time on many nutritional issues like that. I’ve never used margarine, and although I don’t particularly use butter now either, if I did, I would choose grass fed. We buy grass fed beef as the only beet we eat (which is occasional), and it tastes so different from conventional beef. Great post – but I bet some people won’t believe you!

    1. drchristinagrant Post author

      Thanks Judy! Your mother saved you from eating years of junk oil. So glad you mentioned eating grass-fed beef rather than conventional. After what I’ve become aware of with conventionally-raised meats, I can’t touch any of it. And I think you’re right about not being believed! I find this a very interesting thing to observe. A society getting sicker with many people on pharmaceutical drugs, but generally unwilling to take a good look at the food issue.

  2. Mimi

    I 100% agree with this…. I don’t use margerine… My mom was a nutritionist and never believed in it… I went vegan for a time and tried it but I do believe a lil bit of butter is much better for the environment and for me as well!
    I am contemplating cooling olive oil as a mix and trying that… but I do know I will have to be cautious about it going rancid!
    Thank you!
    <3 mimi

  3. Susan

    I grew up during the time when margarine was supposed to be a more responsible choice and butter was evil. Nice to know if we choose not to purchase that man-made yellow stuff, we’re not idiots. 🙂

  4. Candace Davenport

    OOOOO- a Woman after my own heart!

    I have always loved butter- probably from my days growing up. I’m of the age where we had real butter before margarine came into existence! I like you, did the margarine thing for years, believing the hype that butter basically caused heart attacks. But, no matter what I tried, nothing even closely resembled the taste of real butter!!

    I am so glad that it is ok to eat butter again. I went back several years ago and only eat organic and grass-fed butter. There is just no substitute!

    Candace Davenport ~ Little Books with a Big Message.

  5. Imogen Ragone

    With me, you are preaching to the choir! I would never eat margarine these days, though there was I time when I definitely believed it was better… A question – I find it quite easy to find organic butter, but not so sure about grass-fed. Do you have a brand or brands you recommend?

    1. drchristinagrant Post author

      Imogen, we have a couple of natural foods stores in my area that carry it. I’m wondering if you could order it online? Organic is the next best thing, as you already know. Thanks for being one of the choir!

  6. Karo

    As a vegan, I tend to choose coconut oil, nut butter or olive oil instead of butter. But yes, I world rather have a good quality butter than margarine under any circumstances. 🙂

    1. drchristinagrant Post author

      Thanks for commenting Karo! I use primarily coconut oil and olive oil as well, mostly due to a dairy allergy. But I buy butter for the man in my house who loves it, and I feel it’s so important we all become aware of not only the health issues associated with eating poor quality food, but also the compassion that is necessary for us to live in harmony with others (all beings) on the planet.

  7. Julieanne Case

    Some 40 or so years ago, I read an article that said that margarine causes free radicals in our system. And they weren’t sure what free radicals would do to our system. At that moment, I knew I would never eat margarine again. I switched back to butter. I have also always cooked with olive oil. I did switch to Corn oil or wesson oil due to marketing pushes but still used olive oil too. Now it’s coconut oil, olive oil, grass fed butter and grapeseed oil for stir frying.

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    1. drchristinagrant Post author

      This is interesting to hear Julieanne. I didn’t know there were articles back then about margarine having free radicals, and if I’d known I’d have done like you did and avoided them even if it wasn’t clear what they could do to the body. I feel this way about GMOs in the present day. Thank you for sharing. It reminds me that there are warning signs out there. It’s just a matter of whether we’re going to heed them.

  8. Laura Young

    Yes to butter! I wish I could get my father to understand all of this, he still lives in the dark ages and believes all the TV commercials and what the western doctors say (and yes, he has poor health!). Maybe I’ll send him a link to this article. Thanks!


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