Butter is one of the chief sources of saturated fat and cholesterol in people's diets, primarily because it is found in so many places and can be used for so many things. People put butter on their toast, in recipes, and consume it from processed foods. While butter does contain many beneficial nutrients and is not all bad, the negatives definitely outweigh the positives. Even in its organic form, butter's high long-chain saturated fat content is problematic because it can lead to heart problems. But the inorganic kind, which is the type found in the vast majority of situations, is even worse because it is filled with hormones, antibiotics, and other toxins from the way cattle are treated. Consistently putting these substances into your body disrupts your metabolism through a diverse set of biological pathways, and cutting all of this out is a quick way to get your body back on track.

Cutting out butter does not mean that you have to go without any kind of great spreadable product. In fact, instead of spreading on a detriment to your health, you can add something to your daily diet which will greatly improve your health. Coconut oil has recently been designated as a superfood, although for a long time it was thought to be bad because of its high saturated fat content. However, that saturated fat is comprised of medium-chain fatty acids, which enter the bloodstream directly instead of being stored, as long-chain fatty acids are. They are great for energy and for the metabolizing of other key nutrients. Coconut oil is comprised primarily of these medium-chain fatty acids, while there is a small amount of also beneficial monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Specifically, what makes coconut oil so powerful is the specific acids which comrpise its fat content. There are many incredibly beneficial acids like myristic, capric, and caprylic acid present, but perhaps the most useful of them is lauric acid. This is converted into monolaurin by the body and is an extremely potent antibacterial agent. Many people don't realize that atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is often caused by bacterial infectious agents, not just the buildup of cholesterol. Coconut oil fights these bacteria and contributes to lower cholesterol in other ways as well, making it one of our best natural tools in the fight against heart disease and obesity.

One of the greatest problems with today's dieting industry is its focus on the control of superficial macronutrient indicators. These come in the form of low fat, low saturated fat, or low carb diets. In reality, you can have as much fat, carbs, and protein as you want, as long as you are getting it from the right sources. The body needs a good mix of all these things, and cutting out an entire section of nutrition for the purpose of losing weight is simply not healthy. Worst, many premade meals distributed through "health" programs like Weight Watchers are filled with preservatives and artificial ingredients, which inhibit weight loss goals by messing with metabolism and directly contribute to the formation of cancer. Stick with natural foods like coconut oil and whole grains, and your health will head in the direction you want.