How many times have we been told that dairy fat from butter, cheese and cream CLOGS up your arteries? Well, it’s just NOT true. In fact, new clinical research shows that dairy actually contains 3 super-nutrients that actually protect you from heart disease.
Why after all of these years are we still being told by clueless news reporters with no background in science and government health agencies still using now debunked research that dairy fat from butter, cheese and cream as well as other “full-fat dairy” is bad for you and will CLOG you up like faster than hairball caught in a drain…and what if they’ve been wrong all this time?
Think about it…
It wouldn’t be the first time the government, the media and the online fact checkers got it all wrong when it comes to nutrition. And these days, I think we all are a lot more educated than we used to be.
So why the misinformation? I’ll save the conspiracy theories for another article. But check this out.
Between the years 1910 and the year 2000, we as Americans consumed way less butter. Down to just 4 pounds per year from 18 pounds per year.
But guess what went up?
Heart disease…in fact it QUADRUPLED? Weird right?
So on average we ate almost 5x the amount of butter in 1910 and yet heart disease was virtually non-existent? How? Obviously dairy fat is NOT the culprit.
Don’t believe me? Let’s look at some more proof, shall we?
When we look at all the hype about dairy fat being bad for you, if that was really true why are the French so much leaner than Americans? And why is their rate of heart disease so low in comparison when their diet is SUPER high in full-fat cheese, butter and heavy cream?
Same goes for the Swiss…they’re famous for their diet rich in full fat dairy.
Or the Eastern Europeans living in the Caucasus Mountains? Many of them live to be over 100 years old and they routinely drink full fat dairy in the form of kefir.
What’s the deal?
I could list dozens more examples that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that high fat dairy is NOT bad for you. The so-called experts have it all wrong.
The real truth is…research shows that certain compounds found in dairy fat can actually PREVENT arterial clogging and lower your risk of heart disease.
I’ll share some of the compounds in just a moment.
But first, what you really need to know is that the real culprits here is inflammatory foods. I’m talking about things like sugar, corn syrup, processed grains, trans fats and vegetable oils like soybean and corn oil. These are the types of foods that are actually behind the rise in heart disease we see across the country.
And just so you know…it’s not just by observing cultures around the world and looking at their intake of dairy fat that we’ve come to these conclusions.
There’s plenty of scientific evidence too. In fact, three nutrients found in grass-fed dairy fat have been studied extensively.
Notice I said grass-fed.
See, the 3 nutrients that have shown promise in reducing your risk of heart disease are found mostly in grass-fed dairy (pasture-raised) and not in conventional grain-fed dairy. And they’re found in the fat portion of the dairy specifically. So, if you want all the benefits you’ll want to stay away from the fat free and low fat versions.
And just so you know, most of the dairy you find in Europe and places like New Zealand are all grass-fed. It’s mostly us silly Americans who grain feed cattle. That's why it’s a good bet that you’re getting these nutrients when you choose European cheeses. Same goes for butter too.
Luckily, grass-fed dairy is a trend that is catching on. And you’ll find more and more brands who do grass-feed their livestock. Most of the time this is done on small family farm operations that allow their cows to freely roam and forage on grass and herbs.
Make sense? Ok, let’s get to those 3 powerhouse nutrients I’ve been talking about.
Powerhouse Nutrient #1 – Vitamin K2
Now you may have heard about vitamin K1. It’s found in leafy green veggies and it is good for you. However, when it comes to heart disease vitamin K1 doesn’t really do anything. In fact, researchers haven’t found any link positive or negative to heart disease and vitamin K1.
Vitamin K2 on the other hand…well that’s a different story. In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2004, researchers found that people who consumed the most vitamin K2 had a 51% lower risk of heart attack and a 26% lower risk of death from all causes compared to those eating the least vitamin K2!
The study also concluded that higher vitamin K2 consumption reduced arterial calcification too.
And it’s not all about heart health either.
Vitamin K2 helps with arthritis too. In fact, studies suggest that K2 not only reduces arterial calcification, but it also reduces calcification of the soft tissues of the body too, including your joints.
And can you guess what one of the best sources of vitamin K2 is? Grass-fed dairy fat including butter, cream and certain types of cheese.
You can also find vitamin K2 in organ meats, egg yolks, and certain fermented foods that use a specific starter culture. And if you’re wondering what types of cheese has the most vitamin K2…
Brie and gouda apparently have the most vitamin K2 due to the cultures that are used to ferment the cheese.
Powerhouse Nutrient #2 – CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)
CLA is a healthy fat found in the fat from grass-fed meat or dairy. Studies have shown that CLA may lower the risk for certain types of cancer and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), in addition to helping you lose weight.
And grass-fed dairy and meat contains 300-500% more CLA than grain-fed meat.
Powerhouse Nutrient #3: Omega-3 Fats
Now most people are well aware of the health benefits of Omega-3 Fatty acids, including their importance to heart health and lowering inflammation.
And most people are also aware that grass-fed dairy fat is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, the ratio between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is much better than grain-fed dairy. That’s important because so many people get way too much omega-6 fats in their diet and taking in plenty of omega-3s help to balance it out.
Now just to be clear, grain-fed dairy isn’t necessarily bad for you it’s just that their health benefits are marginal.
That’s why choosing organic is so important. However, if you are consuming grass-fed dairy it doesn’t have to be organic, because the cows will naturally be exposed to less chemicals and toxins when compared to grain fed cows.
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Consuming full fat grass-fed dairy is NOT bad for you. In fact, it’s extremely good for you. Not to mention it’s delicious and super high in those 3 power nutrients I just mentioned.
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