You can read more about how pastured based farms can save the environment here –> https://ancestral-nutrition.com/why-i-dont-support-meatless-monday/. And so is this “trend” about glamorizing saturated fats. I love good fats! They count, and they died for your dinner…, Soil, species, rivers. Olive oil, a monounsaturated fat, is a good choice when looking for a healthful alternative to butter and margarine. Soy, corn, canola and cottonseed oils are what is used in these products and they are all polyunsaturated fats and extremely high in omega-6 fatty acids while extremely low in omega-3 fatty acids. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/91/3/502.abstract In general, a tablespoon of butter contains the following, according to the USDA: In general, one tablespoon of olive oil contains the following, according to the USDA: Olive oil, particularly EVOO, has many healthy eating benefits that butter doesn’t have: Science can’t help us here: this all comes down to preference. One thing is not going to change. But butter is dairy, and the harmful effects of dairy have been exposed by several, including the mentioned The Enzyme Factor. If you attended elementary school in America, odds are good you know how butter is made, and you know that butter is far from margarine. You’d be eating what nature provided you with like lamb, beef, veggies, fruits, etc. Both olive oil and butter have their place in the kitchen and in cooking different recipes, but there are times when butter just makes that much of a difference in the dish. From the Weston A. It is proven that olive oil reduces inflammation and reduces the amount of clogged arteries caused by eating too much saturated fat such as butter. CANCER and SATURATED FATS are positively correlated. Interesting how nothing is said about the amount of rainforest land destroyed in this world for cattle farming. Here’s an introduction to the different types of olive oil. Healthy looking soldiers were dying of heart attacks caused by consuming too much butter and saturated fats. About the only animals that escaped the biotic cleansing of the agriculturalists are small animals like mice and rabbits, and billions of them are killed by the harvesting equipment every year. Why make Olive Oil Butter. 2 Because of the high levels of saturated fat in butter, it may increase your risk of heart disease. That’s all. Butter vs. Olive Oil. Thank you for letting me express my opinion here. Furthermore, other nutrition databases provide similar figures. The idea that fats raise cholesterol came from studies being done on rabbits (herbivores) that were being fed fats. Olive oil is a liquid fat which is get or obtained from olives. Hard manual labour kept disease at bay. Margarine is a highly processed food that was invented solely to replace butter. It’s been vilified for years and people just rely on what they’ve heard unfortunately. B12, retinol, omega-3s, cholesterol, all lacking from a vegan diet. And a lot of unhealthy fats, too. “And agriculture isn’t quite a war because the forests and wetlands and prairies, the rain, the soil, the air, can’t fight back. Use them as replacements for butter and margarine in most of your cooking, but watch the amounts – those fat calories can add up fast. Read The Vegetarian Myth and get back to me. LDL increases blood cholesterol, while HDL decreases blood cholesterol levels. However they also worked much harder than we do. Surely, vegetarians can also minimize impact when consuming seasonal and local foods when possible (the same Dani advocates for). I won’t mention that my sisters and I literally lived on butter, eggs, cottage cheese and fried chicken during that time. Just go to Spain, Italy, Greece or Japan and see for yourself how their diets low in saturated fats affect their health. Have you ever stopped and wondered whether olive oil is healthier than butter and which fat is better for cooking? There is no place left for the buffalo to roam. Butter is a dairy product made by churning milk. The Masai, The Eskimo, The Maori, etc. I’ve definitely left it out overnight and haven’t been worried. Our saturated fat consumption from healthy fats like butter, grass-fed meat, wild seafood, etc is dangerously low. One is indeed more nutrient dense, but both are safe to consume. But I inform myself and consume products that don’t impact rainforests. Yes, EVOO has a relatively low smoke point of around 350º to 410ºF. Perhaps you should try to find out what the ecological footprint of a country like the USA is. And every bite of food is laden with death. I cant believe you even give butter a chance against olive oil. If you do not trust the USDA, look up the figures yourself. Hell yes I’m pro-meat! Doctors suggest using olive oil rather than butter to make your meals. . Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the “good fats”. Would love to start including this in my diet more! Just as if the USDA never was lobbied and acted as a puppet of the meat industry. Polyunsaturated fats are higher in omega-6 fatty acids that cause inflammation (find out more about inflammation here). Well, Doc, you really should read up on modern nutritional science. PUFAs generally contain very little omega-3s and are much higher in omega-6 fatty acids. While it is most clearly established that vitamin K2 deficiency causes calcification of the cardiovascular system, vitamin K2 appears to protect against the inflammation and accumulation of lipids and white blood cells that characterize atherosclerosis as well. It doesn’t change the fact that butter is more nutrient dense than olive oil. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fat/art-20045550. To sum up, there is certainly space in your life for both olive oil and butter. This is fat 101, pretty basic information. Only about 15% of the cholesterol we eat has any affect on our blood cholesterol levels, majority of cholesterol is naturally produced by the liver. I have actually either consumed lamb or beef (sometimes both) every single day for the past 2 years. Bake a cake without butter, margarine or oil? Everybody knows that farming free range animals requires more space than farming vegetables. The same cannot be said for even an acre of grains. It does have them. That’s all. Dr. Attia breaks it down pretty well and as a doctor I’d highly suggest you read it: http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/the-straight-dope-on-cholesterol-part-i. Again, you’re clearly in denial about the environmental impact a vegan diet has on the earth. And heart decease is not a leading cause of death and i haven’t heard of my relatives dying from it. Mediterranean Diet vs Paleo: How Do They Compare? It is rich in antioxidants and I love the taste. I ate a porterhouse steak for breakfast today, cooked in a little butter, with raw broccoli and purple sweet potatoes. Fat chance! Every culture in history eats saturated fats, including Greeks, Italians, Japanese, Masai, Maori, Aboriginals, etc. Choose soft margarine (tub or liquid) over harder stick forms. Sharing , It is not a fact that Olive Oil is not heat stable. My understanding is that virgin coconut oil’s smoke point is about 250 to 300 degrees fahrenheit according to most VCO labels (although I have seen some labels claiming as high as 350 degrees), whereas refined coconut oil’s smoke point is about 450 degrees fahrenheit. You sound like a really well adjusted person. And then go to america and have some bacon for breakfast. I read it from this article…thoughts??? Such a wonderful and insightful comment. As such, the label on olive oil looks the same no matter which kind of olive oil you buy, making it tough to judge what's healthiest. Extra virgin olive oils made with unripe, green olives that are picked early in the growing season often have more intense, vibrant flavors. At this stage, salt and any other flavoring is added. Clearly, vitamin K2 is extremely healthy and we should make more of an effort to consume it. Thanks for sharing this with us! Benefits of olive oil: Olive oil is helpful in improving the performance of cholesterol. The butter figures might be similar in other sources as you said (although as others pointed out here, the fried olive oil info you gave is false), but only pro-meat lobbied individuals and organizations would say that saturated fats are good for you. If you mean that growing vegetables has an impact on the environment, the answer is: absolutely. The liquid is used to make skim milk. The tasting notes may be described as pungent, grassy, herbaceous, or peppery. However, if you have allergies, are watching your cholesterol, or prefer healthier fats, then using olive oil is a fine choice and tasted very similar to butter. 7% is extremely low and no culture in history has ever avoided heart healthy saturated fats. If genetics treat you right, anyone can have great cholesterol for many decades. (these you can find in sunflower seeds and olive oil). Great post! Here we discuss the differences between butter, margarine spreads, shortening, lard and oil so that you can have a better understanding of the role fats play in your baking. Look at the ingredients – they don’t. The main difference between margarine vs. butter is the way that the two ingredients are produced. Fat causes diabetes? Butter is the much better option to cook with or ghee as it has a higher smoke point. Some of the foods richest in this very important vitamin are natto (fermented soybeans that very few people can actually stand the taste of), grass-fed cheese, pastured egg yolks, liver, and butter. When it’s delivered to the factory, it will be pumped directly from the delivery truck into a machine that’s called a “separator.”. Eating meat does not mean hat you don’t eat vegetables, so while vegans are responsible for what you call shipping products around the world, carnivores are responsible for that, plus for all what farming animals involves. On the pack, it says that it is made with plant based oils. I know that there are a lot of “independent thinkers” who love debunking established knowledge and find joy in creating conspiracies and the promotion of “alternative medicine”. Here’s some good scientific studies you should check out: Most margarines have less total fat than butter with some 70 per cent or less - you're eating more water and less oil. Here, we look into the question once and for all. There’s only corn, wheat, and soy. Although both tasted delicious, I give butter the slight edge here. Not to mention the fact that roughly half of all cells are made up of saturated fat. I came across this great site that gives the conversion when using olive oil instead of butter, and it also tells you why it’s more healthy to use olive oil instead of butter in baking. YES. So I do agree with you that we should consume more saturated fats like butter. David S. I honestly didn’t know what to do after reading your article, laughing or crying. When cooking vegetables such as the lemon asparagus recipe below, it adds a rich sweetness to the dish that’s nicely balanced out by the acidity of the citrus juice. It is a fact that our diet has an effect on blood cholesterol levels. For everyday cooking, however, we recommend reaching for olive oil. Our forefathers ate whole foods, untouched by science, industry and basic man. Since you gave me so much reading for homework, let me ask you to read Dr. Hiromi Shinya’s “The Enzyme Factor”. Dangerous article Mr Stout. Now, going back to the oil-butter problem, it’s very funny how you avoided writing down one important value, an inconvenient truth maybe? It all has an impact, but some choices have a higher impact than others. That is still true today. Butter oil concentrate cured rickets and increased serum levels of calcium and phosphorus in rats consuming a mineral-deficient diet. The American Heart Association recommends that you try to keep your saturated fats to about 7% of your daily calories. But a few things I must say: the Allan Savory quote is not form a blog, mind you, it’s from professor James E. McWilliams, who quotes it from Savory himself at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0921800991900319 Once churned, it’s ready to be packaged and sold. Clarified butter could possibly be interchangeable directly. Are there are any butter brands you recommend? Make sure you’re eating organic olive oil that is free from cost-cutting cheap oils. The first thing I toss is the high carb and sugar foods. Care must be taken to keep the cooking oil hot enough. First of all, what is a smoke point? Unfortunately – searching for evidence online to intelligently debate a family members argument against consuming animal protein, I have to agree that avoiding animal protein seems to be well justified. Baffled…we have bodies built for eating meat….otherwise we would have a bunch of rabbit teeth and a digestive system that can’t break down meat… Regarding the environmental impact on food, I agree with “Baffled…”. You both need to remember that all these studies whether by scientists or other cost money. ”. Claimed to contain at least 65% less saturated fat than butter, Olive Grove is said to be the first spread in Australian supermarkets to be made with olive oil. Was about mass media manipolation ? There is literally no study proving that saturated fat is unhealthy. I am not typing this comment to advocate against olive oil, because I think olive oil is perfectly fine as well. I made a chart (below) illustrating the nutrient density of butter versus olive oil: Butter is much higher in vitamin K2 or menaquinone. It’s incredibly frustrating and insulting to tell me to do more research when you clearly have done none. This is the third time I say it (it must be your saturated fats brain that can’t process). I’ve never tried cooking with ghee but I’m interested in trying it. These bonds are between carbons, and a double bond reduces the need for one hydrogen atom per double bond between carbons. Margarine contains unsaturated fatty acids and little to no cholesterol; however it may contain trans fat, whi… The American Heart Association is a joke. I have read some of the comments here and would like to add my point of view. What was said before about the impact of free range meat is obvious. Montana (like every other state i’m sure) has millions upon millions of acres of land that is not tillable or would be highly erodible if tilled, therefore better left as grass land pasture. While the different types of olive oil differ in their health benefits and bioactive compounds, these are not typically included on a dietary nutrition label. I utilize both butter and olive oil in the kitchen. As butter has a low smoke point, as we’ll get into below, it’s better for quick or lower-heat cooking methods than it is for frying and sautéing. It is hoped this information is helpful to you. My mom comes from a place where they used to eat a lot, and i really mean, a LOT of animal products like lamp meat, horse milk, etc. Butter has been making a major comeback as a ‘health food’. Google search research results did a very good job of convincing me that PUFA’s make you sick, while most saturated fats are beneficial to your health. I usually get the becel margarine that is made with olive oil. Today's margarines contain only traces of maligned trans fats, are fortified with essential fatty acids - particularly omega-3 - and vitamins, and are sometimes even infused with olive oil. Butter is mostly made up of heart-healthy saturated fat and is low in polyunsaturated fat, while olive oil is mostly monounsaturated fat and has a higher PUFA content. I am just kind of mind blown at how many people are trying to say that saturated fat is bad and polyunsaturated fats are good. And yes, the quote is from 1991, but today -in 2014- most scientists disagree with his current work. To get tighter and leaner you should be scrapping grains. As such, the label on olive oil looks the same no matter which kind of olive oil you buy, making it tough to judge what's healthiest. This is my website, I do not feel the need to reiterate points I’ve made all over it to someone who is determined to continually deny the obvious. There’s a reason why you can buy ground up blood and bone for plants. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18203890 Even without studies, every traditional cultures have eaten saturated fats, not polyunsaturated fats from vegetables that have been overly processed. Ideas about fats are going to continue to change as we discover new ideas through research. Monounsaturated fat is known to lower LDL, and may even increase HDL. From there, it’s moved to a machine called a “churner.” The butter is spun so the fats continue to combine. Thanks for a great article! It’s not the same thing. It’s biotic cleansing, biocide. I also love that you made a point of saying that counting calories, carbs and fats takes away from the enjoyment of eating. The main type of fat found in all kinds of olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). The separator spins, which divides the fat from the liquid. MUFA s are considered a healthy dietary fat. I’d hate for someone to eventually become ill because they once read some exaggerated false information on a website without reliable sources and changed their lifestyle to become less healthy because of it. Animals feed the land! It is better for frying. Wow… i really got confused..After so many years avoiding lot of food high in saturated fat and using unsaturated fat, well I have got lost. Refined coconut oil does has a higher smoke point. Saturated fats are the reason behind diabetes, heart conditions, high cholesterol, obesity and CANCER. Most people still don’t know that you shouldn’t heat olive oil, I’m glad you brought it up! 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And does anyone know why most medical professionals, dieticians and health authorities still promote “low fat”? I can’t believe you published this nonsense and still defend it. According to the Department of Agriculture, 1 tbsp 1 2 . I admit; you don’t. Maybe if you ate some saturated fat your brain would function better and you would be able to grasp the fact that saturated fact is indeed healthy. Unless you’re a vegan that is subsisting on local, organic vegetables year round (which is not possible from an environmental or health perspective), then veganism is more damaging to the environment than eating seasonal, local produce, meat and dairy. Regarding Allan Savory, you got that quote from this blog http://fullspectrumbiology.blogspot.com/2013/05/allan-savorys-plea-to-fight.html I’m guessing because it’s the only place I was able to find it. Use olive oil or canola oils in cooking and for dipping bread. Monounsaturated is the next healthiest, and polyunsaturated are the healthiest for you. Allan Savory’s methods have proven to be effective, he is literally reversing desertification. But a friend of mine said becel margarine is basically like eating plastic, and way worse than butter. Finally, I am in no vendetta against carnivores, it’s just that your article is biased. While it is proven that butter is healthier than margarine or fats that contain trans fat. Using a high quality extra virgin olive oil will give you a higher smoking point. While the big brands are no longer hand-churning their butter, the idea is the same. Had you bothered to read Denise Minger’s review, you would know that. have all eaten saturated fats from animals and not only thrived but are completely free of modern diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, etc. Please keep in touch! There is enough land – consider that one cow can feed a small family for an entire year. The Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio is terrible. While in low quantities they might not be harmful, but the fact that you encourage people to eat more of them is crazy. You can read more about that here: https://ancestral-nutrition.com/the-plant-based-culture-myth-and-work-of-weston-a-price/. Saturated fats are extremely healthy, while polyunsaturated fats are the undesirable fats we should avoid. Not to mention methane emissions and the previously mentioned ecological footprint. Virgin olive oils, on the other hand, have a far more complex flavor profile. By the time I was in high school I had churned more butter and candled more eggs than most people would see or eat in an entire lifetime. I also am trying this new approach and I am happier for it. But let’s examine lifestyle as well as nutrient intake. For others (like the French), butterfat is just what you cook with and doesn't really play a role in bad cholesterol or healthy diet conversation. When I cook, instead of using butter, I was told that margarine, specifically becel margarine, is healthier than butter. Others don’t get so lucky. These and other fats are essential for creating a moist, fluffy crumb in your sponge and deliciously flaky golden pastry. The rest of your argument is hard for me to respond to without writing a novel, but I’ll try to simplify it. This military doesn’t do any clinical research so I’m not sure how that’s relevant? Likewise, greenhouses and local produce consumption are a way of minimizing the impact that you referred to. ”I’m a fitness and diet addict. We get it, sometimes there is no substitute for butter - but this simple swap works more often than you might think, especially in recipes that call for softened or melted butter. That is fine, but that is the past, and it’s just a way of denying the fact that today we have a responsibility towards our present environment. I believe if we today ate a balanced diet, including butter and oils we would live well, if only we got up and did something. As olive oil contains many health benefits, it’s a good choice for most cooking applications. – By the way, I wouldn’t think that people with resources such as Bill Clinton (vegan) or Carl Lewis (who won 4 Olympic gold medals under a vegan diet) would get poorly advised on healthy/unhealthy foods. All those beans and legumes have to come from somewhere! They are still very healthy and active. 99% of what they say is bullshit. Learn how your comment data is processed. Butter has its merits and is definitely tasty, but is not a better overall fat source than olive oil. Eventually, the land turns to desert because of this. This article could potentially be misinforming people who already have too much saturated fat in their diet to eat more, in turn causing a decrease in their health. true! Use the below chart to convert your recipes and to reduce cholesterol and saturated fat content. Regarding what you said on April 15, 2014 at 8:18 am: What I said is that USDA is lobbied by the meat industry, so I don’t see why you base your research on it so obediently, while you choose to discredit other sources so easily (China Study, AHA). And don’t you think that I don’t know about soy plantations and the rainforests. It's rich in monounsaturates, but so is canola. Saturated fat increases LDL and may possibly decrease HDL, components of blood cholesterol. Should I believe someone still or better do my theory thought? Olive oil contains more healthy compounds, less saturated fats, and has a higher smoke point for cooking. It’s a simple fact that butter is more nutrient dense and healthier than olive oil. There is literally not a single study that effectively proves that animal protein or fat, particularly from healthy animals is dangerous to consume. http://amzn.to/12KU8wO The two products, albeit coming from different … They use soy, corn and canola oil, which are POLYUNSATURATED fats. A large epidemiological study from the Netherlands illustrates this point well. I do believe that we should listen to scientific consensus, and Joel Salatin doesn’t seem to be a scientist; instead he is a farmer with economical interests at stake, which makes him a great candidate for promoting biased ideas. If you were a diet addict you would know that fats do not make a person fat. Our brains are roughly 60% fat. Butter Vs. Margarine. The butter vs. margarine debate seems like a never-ending discussion. I can’t reply to your comment up there, so here it goes. Hence, I do see a flaw on Dani’s statement about our ancestors’ healthy diet free of environmental destruction. Avoid stick … It’s as simple as that. Well I said I wouldn’t reply, but when you basically insult me by saying that my diet prevents me from thinking (very elaborated argument, btw), I just have to. Furthermore, our ancestors have not only survived but thrived on high saturated fat diets, they even revered several foods high in saturated fat as “scared foods” because they are so nutrient dense. You’re just like an anti-vaccination nutcase. Olive oil has a range of flavors, depending on how it was processed, when the olives were harvested, and more. The Fat Breakdown. Surprisingly, you never mention anything about the impact of farming animals. It’s an outdated theory that saturated fat is unhealthy and that idea is not backed by reliable evidence. Like I said, we all choose our sources. I do not count calories, or carbs, or fats. I still prefer to cook, at least high heat cook with pastured lard or coconut oil. 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