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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.

To Meat or Not to Meat? That is the Question.

real foodNone of us has escaped the controversy over whether to eat meat or not. I’m frequently asked what I think, and I wish I could tell people to never touch it. Protect the animals and save yourselves. But I can’t. Not yet anyway. Here’s why.

I believe quality protein is necessary to help the body heal. This includes grass-fed hormone-free beef and lamb, chicken, organic chicken liver, eggs, salmon or any clean fish you can find, including sardines. This doesn’t include any conventionally-raised meats or eggs, those that come from filthy factory farms, including farm-raised fish.

I don’t think tofu or other soy-based foods are quality protein. Though they’re quite popular, they simply don’t have the oomph necessary to make a body strong. I’ve not once met a long-term vegetarian who was robust, healthy, energetic, mentally and emotionally balanced, with great skin and hair. ‘Tis true… I’m sorry.

Nonetheless, some of you will be interested in a macrobiotic diet, while others will try vegetarianism or all raw food. John Robbins is an eloquent advocate of vegetarianism and author of Diet for a New America. He makes me want to be vegetarian. (Indeed, I’ve given it a try but became dizzy and anemic with roller coaster blood sugar levels.) Robbins tells us that meat, dairy, and egg consumption raise cancer rates. As I researched this, I felt that additional studies are needed with a focus on organic, grass-fed and pastured animals, free from hormones and antibiotics. There are many pollutants and additives in meats that don’t belong in your body, and I believe they can raise rates of cancer. Excess hormones, toxins, and chemicals in meat and dairy products can contribute to cancer, so I completely avoid conventionally raised meats, dairy products, and eggs. This supports health and also humane practices (which is so important in this day of mass cruelty to animals raised for food).

If you are a vegetarian or are thinking about becoming one, be sure to eat what is found in nature. Avoid pasta, processed “health” foods, sugary snacks, and soy products such as soy cheese, soy milk, soy ice cream, and tofurkey style “meat.” Soy is safe in fermented form such as miso and tempeh. It’s been marketed heavily as a health food but soy phytoestrogens can disrupt endocrine function, increase your need for Vitamin D and B12, and it’s likely GMO unless it’s organic.

Is Soy Good for Breast Health?

Photo by GlobalCitizens01 flickr CreativeCommons

Photo by GlobalCitizens01 flickr CreativeCommons

Soy wasn’t considered fit to be eaten in China, where it originated, until they discovered fermentation. The Chinese knew that soybeans contain natural toxins and enzyme inhibitors that block protein digestion. High in phytic acid, they can interfere with mineral absorption. Soy is a known endocrine disrupter. Most soy crops are genetically engineered and heavily sprayed with pesticides. The list of problems related to eating soy is a long one, so is soy good for breast health?

We’re told soy is a preventative to breast cancer. But, I think it will be revealed that unfermented soy products are not good for us. Japanese women, who have low rates of breast cancer, don’t eat as much soy as we’ve been led to believe. They eat miso, which is fermented soy, and they eat tofu, but I think the reason there are fewer Japanese women with breast cancer is because their traditional diet is based on whole foods. It also includes iodine-rich seaweed. They rarely eat sugar and white flour products, nor do they eat big pieces of meat or dairy products laced with hormones. They consume lots of vegetables, fish, and green tea.

Based on what we know about soy and how it is marketed to us, products made with soy protein isolate are also suspect, even though it’s in imitation meat products eaten by vegans and vegetarians and people wanting to be healthier by avoiding meat. For optimum breast health, I ignore unfermented soy products: soy milk, soy nuts, soy protein powders and bars, soy cheese, soy ice cream, supplements with soy, and also tofu. I use organic fermented soy only in moderate amounts: miso, tamari, tempeh, and natto.

To learn more, read The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla T. Daniel. And to find out more about a healing, nourishing approach to breast health, see my book The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer.