Butter Vs. Margarine –


Butter is America’s best and most easily absorbed source of Vitamin A., which is needed for a wide range of functions in the body, from maintaining good vision, to keeping the endocrine system in top shape. Vitamins A and D in butter are essential for the proper absorption of calcium and hence necessary for strong bones and teeth. Butter also contains the other fat-soluble vitamins E and K.

Butter contains lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents. Short and medium chain fatty acids in butter protect against pathogens and have strong anti-fungal effects (that means yeast and Candida.)

Butter is rich in trace minerals, especially selenium, a powerful antioxidant. Ounce for ounce, butter has more selenium per gram than either whole wheat or garlic. Butter also supplies iodine, needed by the thyroid gland (Vitamin A is also needed by the thyroid gland.)

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Butter has appreciable amounts of butyric acid which are used by the colon as an energy source. Butyric acid is also a known anti-carcinogen. Lauric acid, also in butter is a medium chain fatty acid, which is a potent antimicrobial and antifungal substance. Butter also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which gives excellent protection against cancer.

When looking for good quality butter, raw and cultured is best and which may be hard to find. Organic butter is your next best choice, with store-bought butter being at the bottom. Butter made from grass-fed cattle is better for you because it has more of the healthier medium-chain fatty acids (and less E. coli.) I choose Kerrygold butter because I don’t get to the farm often, you can read about it here.


When Dr. Weston A. Price studied native diets in the 1930′s, he found that butter was a staple in the diets of many supremely healthy peoples.

Now, a little history on margarine: Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had invested money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together. They added yellow coloring to the white substance and sold it to people to use in place of butter.  All margarines are made from assorted vegetable oils that have been heated to extremely high temperatures. This possessing may be unsafe for your health.

Now, comparing margarine and butter:

  • Both have the same amount of calories.
  • Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams in margarine. Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
  • Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few—only because they are added.
  • Most people think butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.
  • Margarine is very high in trans-fatty acids which are carcinogenic and mutagenic. The US federal government requires the labeling of all food in such a way as to disclose amounts of trans-fat in products. Many brands label their products legally now as “zero grams” trans-fat, which in fact means less than 500 mg trans-fat per serving. I don’t know how they get away with this one.
  • Some studies show that margarine triples the risk of coronary heart disease, increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol), increases the risk of cancers up to five fold and lowers the quality of breast milk. Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% when compared to eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. Other studies sponsored by the margarine promoters refute this.
  • Other studies show that margarine decreases immune response and decreases insulin response.
  • And here’s the most disturbing fact. . . Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC. . .Yum.

Who eats margarine? Humans do. Now, here’s a test you can do at home:

Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:

  • No flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something.)
  • Margarine does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it.





Is butter bad for you? For decades, the food processing industry has used advertising campaigns to successfully lie about the urgent and proven need to replace “unhealthy” butter with “healthy” margarine. But now we know that this teaching was nothing more than made-up. In the battle of margarine vs butter, you may now be surprised which comes out on top.

As far back as the 60s and 70s sufficient scientific evidence proved that butter was far better than margarine for good health. Who knew? Still, the fake food industry relentlessly convinced  us to eat margarine for our health. The fake food industry merged with Madison Avenue, the AMA, and mainstream media to instill a whopper of a lie by reinforcing margarine as better for you. They claimed in unison that saturated fats made you fat and promoted cardiovascular disease.

Damage from Fake Fats that Replace Favorable Fats
Partially hydrogenated fatty acids in margarine damage arteries and blood vessels. They lower good cholesterol, and raise blood levels of triglycerides and lipoproteins leading to cardiovascular damage. They also raise C-reactive protein, an inflammatory and cellular dysfunction marker. Worse yet, they inhibit the utilization of essential omega 3-fatty acids as wells a prostaglandins, which eliminate blood clots. Additionally, a diet high in partially hydrogenated fatty acids has been linked to insulin resistance and type 2 Diabetes.

The NY Times covers hydrogenated oil health issues while still promoting saturated fat nonsense. In order to function properly, your lungs, heart, immune system liver, bones, hormones and cell membranes all require high quality saturated fats – in moderation of course. Fatty acids and cholesterol are needed for healthy cell membranes, hormone and vitamin D production, and the transport and utilization of important vitamins and minerals. Now even mainstream media is spreading the truthful real news on butter. The New England Journal of Medicine recently solidified the link between trans fats and heart disease. Even low levels of trans fats consumption (1%-2%) substantially increase heart disease.

Butter vs Margarine: Butter Hierarchy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
So what should you be looking for?

At the top of the pyramid is organic butter made with raw milk from grass fed cows.
The middle level is organic butter with pasteurized milk from grass fed cows and without rBGH, rBST, or antibiotics.
The pyramid’s base is butter made from pasteurized milk from confined, grain fed, factory farmed, antibiotic and likely rBGH or rBST injected cows.
Amazingly, the butter at the bottom of the pyramid is still better for you than margarine! Margarine is merely a lab created plastic food-like substance, not by any means a real food. It’s cheap to make, lacks nutritional merit, and damages health. But it has a longer shelve life and a higher profit margin than real butter.

Five Reasons to Eat Real Butter
1. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) – Raw organic, pastured butter has loads of anti- tumor CLA. It inhibits the growth of cancer cells in the skin, colon, breasts and lungs. It’s anti-fungal and it stimulates muscle growth while preventing weight gain.
2. Butyric Acid – Butter contains 4% butyric acid – a short chain fatty acid that research indicates can inhibit tumors. It also signals the immune system into action when an infection is brewing.
3. Vitamin K2 – Raw, organic, pastured butter and cream contains vitamin K2 – a necessary co-factor in vitamin D synthesis. K2 also ushers calcium out of your blood stream and into bone cells which increases bone density instead of calcifying arterial and heart tissue. Check out Mike Barrett’s article on vitamin K deficiency symptoms.
4. Fat–Soluble Vitamins – Butter is a good source of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, and E. It’s also an excellent vehicle for their assimilation.
5. The Wulzen Factor – Raw, unpasteurized butter, cream and milk contain the “Wulzen factor” an anti-stiffness agent. It protects against calcification of the joints (osteoarthritis) as well as cataracts, and the calcification of the pineal gland. Pasteurization destroys the Wulzen Factor.
Raw, organic butter is a superfood that won’t make you fat if consumed in moderation. It fact, it consists of short chain fatty acids (SCFA) and medium chain fatty acids(MCFA), which are not significantly stored as fat but easily used as energy.

This may finally be the end of the butter vs. margarine battle.

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Houston, Texas

Eating Real Food In Houston!


Today I would like to take a few minutes to tell you all how I feed my family real food, in Houston, Texas, without a weekly trip to a farm, or growing my own food. I know that all of my readers aren’t in Houston, but most are from Texas. It IS possible to eat the best-for-you foods, without growing your own or driving to the farm every week! The brands listed here are available at many stores, but we will be focusing on my favorite store for Real Food options today, H-E-B.
I try to feed my kids the healthiest food possible, but sometimes a trip to the farm isn’t in the cards (either because of our budget or a lack of time for the drive). We normally shop at H-E-B, my favorite is the Bunker Hill location because of their expanded organic/natural selection and the bulk spice bins.
There are several farms in the areas surrounding Houston, that offer, grass fed beef, dairy, eggs and so much more!

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I will keep adding to this list, keep in mind that the foods I am focusing on are foods that most newbies to Real Food might think they can’t buy at a local grocery store.


ButterKerrygold butter is available in grocery stores across the US. Their cows graze for 10 months of the year, it’s one of the few grass fed butters available at the store, and is the cheapest in my region.

No one explains it better than the Food Renegade here in her Butter Vs. Margarine Showdown.

Mercola has a great article here about the benefit of eating pastured butter.


BeefPanorama Meats offers grass fed beef, and it is available in the grocery store! This is especially great news for folks on public assistance, because they can use their food benefits to buy pastured beef! None of the farmer’s markets in Houston accept the Lone Star card so, shopping at the local farmers markets isn’t an option for families receiving public assistance.  Studies show that cattle raised humanely on grass produce beef that is more nutritious. Cattle are ruminants — they are designed to eat grass, not grain. Panorama’s farmer raise cattle following the animal’s natural appetites and desire for free pasture. Compared with grain-fed beef, Panorama contains 60 percent more omega-3, twice as much vitamin A and E, three times more conjugated linoleic acid, and a higher concentration of unsaturated fats (the good ones) versus saturated fats (the bad ones).

Read More Here:

Northwestern Health Sciences University – Grain Fed Versus Grass Fed Animal Products


Nutrition Journal- Health Benefits — A Literature Review of the Value-Added Nutrients found in Grass-fed Beef Products


backyard birds
Chicken -Vital Farms brand Backyard Birds has now begun to offer chickens for eating aside from their eggs!  These chickens are only carried at Whole Foods locations, the great news is that the chicken is offered at all 4 of the Houston locations! From the website: “Like our laying hens, our meat birds are pasture-raised, meaning they roam free on grasslands during daylight hours. Their pasture space is generous, and includes shade, water, and perches to encourage exploration and foraging. In addition to grasses and other pasture goodies, they are also fed grain of the highest quality. We never use added hormones or antibiotics in their feed, or pesticides or herbicides on their pastures.”


alfresco eggs
Eggs – Alfresco Farms eggs are the ONLY pastured eggs available in the HEB Location that I shop at. Alfresco Farms is a Vital Farms brand, they provide eggs nationwide. The HEB on Bunker Hill normally carries these eggs, although it seems there is a supply issue at this moment, and they have been completely out for about a month! I live in the Bear Creek area and do most of my shopping at the HEB location on Hwy. 6. I pestered them enough to start carrying my eggs, and I received a call from the Egg manager last week informing me that my eggs will be available at this location now as well!


For those of you looking for a farm to call home, watch for a new page coming soon filled with local organic and green farms and businesses!