For years butter has been demonized and claimed to harm health. It wasn’t till I read research from Weston Price and tried it for myself that I changed my mind. Dr. Price theorized that the butter oil contained a valuable nutrient which he called, “Activator X“, and is now thought to be one of the K vitamins. But not just any butter but butter that is made from Pasture-grazed cows who have more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) in their milk than grain fed cows. CLA is an antioxidant and essential fatty acid that has been getting a lot of attention lately. In animal studies, it reportedly exhibits anti carcinogenic and other beneficial physiological effects. It is believed to have the wulzen factor or “anti-stiffness factor,” discovered by researcher Rosalind Wulzen. Present in raw animal fat, this compound protects against degenerative arthritis, hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland. The Wulzen Factor is not present in the dairy products available in supermarkets, as it is destroyed by pasteurization.
So how did this butter affect my life.It was one of the first things I gave to my family along with kefir when we changed our diet. It was my husband that I noticed the biggest change in. He said that his joints weren’t stiff anymore when he got out of bed. He would actually go get it for himself without me telling him too. This is always a huge indicator to me that he is seeing benefits and not just taking my word for it. When I gave it to my infant daughter she went crazy for it. I always gave it to her with cod liver oil which Dr Price recommended and said it works like magic. Research shows that butter oil and cod liver oil, taken together,provide complementary factors leading to proper essential fatty acid balance. High-vitamin butter oil contains arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid, while cod liver oil is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid(EPA), an omega-3. Moreover, the saturated fatty acids in the butter oil promote efficient utilization of the unsaturated fatty acids in the cod liver oil. It is so interesting if she ever didn’t feel well she would ask for it.
I also give it to my dog when he was limping from stiffness in a joint. He loves it as much as we do. He will come running when I yell the words ” Do you want some butter”!
So where do you get this wonderful butter? Pure Indian Foods makes a wonderful pasture fed ghee, which is butter called Ghee. It is prepared by melting and simmering unsalted butter until all the water evaporates and the milk solids settle at the bottom. The remaining butter oil is very stable, giving it a high smoke point which makes it an excellent choice to use for frying and sautéing and it can be stored without refrigeration for several months. They have the most delicious flavors that are fantastic to make delicious dishes with. I have decided to include one of my favorite flavored butters. Hope you try it. This is as delicious as it is good for you.
- 8 ounces of Ghee
- ⅓ cup of frozen blueberries
- 1 tbsp honey
- Zest of ½ lemon