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Butterfat May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

January 21, 2011 by  

Butterfat may help prevent type 2 diabetesA study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has suggested that individuals who reach for the skim milk in an attempt to eat healthy may actually be foregoing an element that can help prevent disease.

Butterfat — found in milk, cheese, yogurt and butter — contains the compound trans-palmitoleic acid, which could play a big factor in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

The researchers followed 3,736 participants over a 20-year period and discovered that individuals who consumed higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid had healthier blood cholesterol levels, less inflammation and were better able to regulate insulin. Those who consumed the compound the most, compared to those who consumed the least, had a 60 percent lower risk of developing diabetes.

The study backs up the claim made by health experts that the processed fats found in margarine are a poor substitute for the real thing. While the partially hydrogenated vegetable fats in butter alternatives have been linked to heart disease, the naturally-occurring trans fat found in dairy and meat has not been shown to have detrimental health effects.

Lead researcher Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH, speculated that trans-palmitoleic acid mimics fatty acids naturally found in the body. 

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  • Kris

    Butterfat? Hasn’t michelle nobama banned butter fat? If not, it is probably real close to the top of her agenda! Get your butterfat while there still is butterfat folks. Pretty soon we’ll be eating soylent green!

    • Mike In MI

      Absolutey, yes. If it is or even might be good for us she does’t want us to have it. If it kills a conservative it’s good. We need more of that there redistributin’ doencha kno’? Redisributin’ o’ them numbers of igner’nt honky-brain’d Tea me-off people. Theeir kind nevah made me proud’t alllll.
      needa command ‘em ta eet stuff’t’ll git ridov’em. Mor pergresiffs is watt we need. Rediztribushin’in o’ pergresiffin t’ yu-u-utopyee…in my red, red, red dress. Like it? Iss fum P’ree – - -’at’sin Faranze.

      • http://personalliberty manosfate

        Laugh out loud, love it, good job.


    The key word of this article is “may” prevent…which is to say that eating everything in moderation and according to our body tolerance “may be” the pest prevention!!!!!!

    • Mike In MI

      Phooey, on all of them. This stupid fight has been going on since the 1940′s and ’50′s. There’s also a compound in grass grazed milk cattle called CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is one of the best things there is to keep people healthy – but just try to get that anywhere but in high quality supplements…good luck.
      This question, right here, is the crux of the problem with a govenment mismanaged disease system. The scientists constantly come up with new stuff that they never studied before or had the tools to investigate and then they find out everything (or a potload) of what they thought and taught was RIGHT and THE TRUE GOSPEL according to science is all … (perish the thought, FDA already RULED on it)…WRONG. Once any government agecy makes a ruling it almost never changes – - – because the ruling is in the interests of somebody putting STUUFF in the agency’s pocket.
      That’s the problem with socialism and every control economic system (read Russell Kirk), including this presentdink. He’s ruling by obviating Congress with his Persidential “Prerogatives”…guess you sould say ‘edicked us again. Well, that’s the presentdink’s job.


    If your genetic past isn’t already loaded with diabetics common sense will apply to how you consume foods throughout your life, “you are what you eat is as true today as it was fifty years ago.” Chances are if your family leans toward diabetes your going to wind up with it sooner or later in your life.

    • Mike In MI

      ONTIME –
      Well, that’s the medical mantra…everything’s in your genes. Nothin’ you can do about it. Your whole destiny for your life was dictated at the moment of conception. You have nothing to say about it from there on out, so don’t fight anything. Just go find out what entitlements you have that cover the particular necessary genetic therapy appropriate for your miserable condition and claim your lifelong treatment from the HHS. Whatever you’ve got will probably qualify you for at least a partial disability and secure a work release for at least six months out of the year – not to include holidays, weekends, birthdays and parenting if you have little genetic mutants, like yourself.
      How in the hell did humanity ever get this far…or, should I say “to THIS point”? Everything endeavoring to teach us there is no personal determinism…you’re just “fated” to…whatever. Or, is it “fatted”?

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Ever lived near a railroad?? Check out if you were down hill from it. Ever heard of Dioxin?? Does agent orange sound familiar?? It’s a defoliant or weed killer. Ever notice that weeds and grass never grow ON the bed of a rail road? I can remember as a kid the fire department had to go along side the rail road to put out a fire in the GRASS!?!? I have type 2 diabetes and there is NO HISTORY of it in my family! I was in Viet Nam and was exposed to Agent orange, though!!

  • jopa

    All my 60 plus years I would only eat butter when available never did like the margarine.When driving down the road if I came across a carnival I would pull in to get some fries because I knew back then they only used lard.Even today my favorite home cooked chicken is in lard.Never had a problem with my cholesterol.Has to be in the genes.

  • Wes in San Diego

    Sorry folks, As a life-long (70 years) butter and cheese consumer I am a type 2 diabetic for the last 10 years. This discussed Study is false!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Viet Nam vet???

    • Mike In MI

      Ws in S.D. -
      Disabetes is a multifactorial CONDITION – as differentiated from a disease. A condition is omething your body can heal up on its own if you take the proper steps; often eating habits or other personal choice matters are at fault. Genetics may be involved but usually if you find out what to do and take the proper steps you can undo it over time. Sadly, even though they may know medical doctors (ecept integrative and holistic practitioners) either won’t or can’t tell you how if it involves natural substances or supplemnts. Your problem, type 2 diabetes is emminently fixable if you take the right steps.
      DISEASES are caused by agents from the outside, that your body may or may not be able to fix.

  • jopa

    Wes;But you do have a great life.

  • Carol Gacioch RN RHIA

    If you do some research you will find that the end result of these margarine’s is plastic in your bloodstream. Oh wonderful, is this worth it??? I was brain washed in nursing school just like the docs are that drugs will cure anything. Medicine now does not heal, it medicates. Just watch TV, no matter what you have there is a drug for it and the side effects are phenomenal. “If you go unconscious, call a doctor immediately!” That’s the mentality of the big Pharma. We must take control of our own lives even if it means our docs don’t agree. I am educating my own GP but he doesn’t always agree.

    • Mike In MI

      Good job, and good luck Carol -
      But, your GP lives in dread that he will be BLACKLISTED in his county and state medical organizations, lose his hospital privileges and that – if he gets sued for malpractice while practicing with any CAM or alternative methods – his position will be indefensible.

  • a Genie

    Since they came out with the idea that margarine was better for us than butter, I called our Son-in-law who had studied nutrition strongly in college, to ask him what he thought about this.
    He said, “Anything that is natural that God makes, is always going to be better for us than what man makes!” Have in the last year learned the story of margarine, and how bad it is for us. You can probably look it up on the internet.
    We continued to eat our delicious butter, and have been careful to eat with good sense, and we are healthy and well, and not overweight and have hardly ever been sick, and our children also. It is not just in the genes, it is how we take care of our health also, by eating a balanced diet consistently.
    Even in 1976, when we were living in a city in Michigan, where the newspapers have more news than small cities, there was an article about how they had found out that Tylenol was not good for us, that it could damage the liver…..and we stopped using it immediately. I never could understand why the stuff was left on the shelves, for people to buy, when they knew this!! Just recently have seen news about this now!!
    It is good for everyone to be aware, of what is going on, and help ourselves to have better health.
    Everyone I believe would like to have good health, and it depends on us doing it ourselves!!


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