Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Negative Effects of Regular Butter

Regular butter is a dairy product made from milk harvested from cows that live in confined industrial farms. Long been a part of the American diet, regular butter is used as a spread, condiment, and in cooking such as in frying and sautéing, sauce making, and baking as well. Practically a staple in every American kitchen, regular butter has manifold negative effects and eliminating it from your diet is advised if you want to succeed in your overall wellness goals.

Read further and discover more about the negative effects of regular butter and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this source of dietary fats.

Regular Butter’s Risks:

As with other types of non-organic dairy products, regular butter, too, may contain bovine leukemia virus or BLV. BLV is one of the more common viruses that affects cattle and it has the potential to bring about cancer in said animal. Studies are scarce on BLV’s effect on humans, and whether or  not consumption of beef and dairy products like regular butter can transmit BLV to humans, according to University of California’s School of Public Health. Anyone wanting to achieve overall health and wellness may do well to err on the side of caution and avoid regular butter consumption altogether until further studies are conducted.

Dairy products like regular butter contain measurable amounts of insulin-like growth factor 1 or IGF-1. IGF-1 is a growth hormone that functions like insulin in the body.  IGF-1 exposure is associated with hormone-dependent conditions like acne, and breast and prostate cancers. IGF-1 exposure is particularly worrisome in the case of cancer as it appears to promote the development of the disease.

Regular butter consumption has been found to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases as well. In a study conducted by the State University of New York’s School of Medicine, regular butter use considerably increases blood pressure as well as the serum cholesterol levels in healthy men. Regular butter consumption has far worse effects on the already hypercholesterolaemic, or those individuals with existing elevated blood cholesterol, as regular butter consumption further increases their LDL cholesterol levels.

Feedlot-raised dairy cattle where milk for regular butter come from live in alarmingly poor conditions as well, raising the possibility of pathogen contamination in the subsequent dairy products. Also, the method by which milk is harvested from these animals with the use of machines doesn’t help as it promotes contamination with blood and pus in the milk, and again, in the derivative products like regular butter.

To control the squalid conditions in industrial farms, a concoction of petrochemicals is used to manage pest infestation. Not only does such practice have severe environmental effects like air, water and ground contamination, it also promotes pesticide resistance in the pests. Worst, pesticide exposure in humans brings about a host of illnesses like allergies, asthma, sterility, birth defects, and cancer.

Feedlot-raised dairy cattle are routinely given antibiotics, vaccines and a whole host of pharmaceuticals to prevent and/or manage diseases and infections as well. Such method promotes antibiotics resistance in the treated animals, which then brings about the need for even stronger pharmaceuticals to control veterinary pathogens. Transfer of antibiotics-resistant microorganisms to humans is a possibility as well. Lastly, the potential for humans developing resistance to antimicrobials due to constant exposure via foods like regular butter is likely, too.

In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of non-organic meats and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this source of dietary fats.

In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the dietary sources of fats on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:

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