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106 Years Young... and Still Eating Butter!

Amy Hawkins turned 106 recently. She credits her longevity to a "quiet life and a healthy diet – but [adds] that you can have lots of fat and butter!"

This easy going Welsh centenarian is considerate of others but gently feisty about doctors and pills... she avoids them. She reports it has been 10 years since she has seen a doctor.

When reflecting on her healthy, long life, Hawkins says, “I think my diet is pretty good. I eat a lot of fish because it is good for you, but I also love butter, I always have lots of it.”

Mmmm... very wise. And very vintage.

Read more about Amy Hawkins in The South Wales Argus

'Lots of butter is the secret,’ says 106-year-old on birthday celebrations

For more reasons to eat more fat, check out this page. And for more on the benefits of eating butter, check out my post "Why Butter?"



Why Butter?

butter is the new black

For many, 'eating clean' means eliminating animal fats like butter from their diets. A better way of 'eating clean' would be to eliminate sugar and flour from your diet so you can eat more butter! Butter is an amazing food in so many ways.

Butter is the new black because, like black, it goes with everything. Try some on your bacon... that is a little extreme, but really, butter adds flavor and great mouth-feel to almost any dish. Butter is delicious, satisfying, wholesome, and nutrient dense. Melting some on your veggies helps you absorb all of their vitamins and minerals.

Butter is the new black because, like black, butter is slimming. It provides satiating calories that do not affect blood sugar. By eating butter instead of carbs, you can stay in fat burning mode and access that 'pantry within' -- so your own fat stores can feed you. This allows you to burn fat and lose weight. Check out this Facebook page or this Youtube video from Butter Bob who knows (from personal experience) that 'Butter makes your pants fall off.'

Like basic black t-shirts, butter is affordable. You can buy 100 calories of delicious, grass-fed butter for about what it costs to buy 100 calories of processed grains -- crackers or cereal. Butter is an economical way to feed your family, so don't be afraid to help fill everyone up by using butter liberally. Conventional butter costs about nine cents for 100 calories (similar to cheap bulk cereal) -- that is much less than, say, inexpensive chunk light tuna, which costs about $1.12 for 100 calories. Butter is a bargain in your grocery cart.

Butter is a great vintage food; back in the day, Americans used to eat a lot more butter. In the 1920's, we ate almost 18 pounds of butter per person per year. Today, our consumption is around 6 pounds per person per year. OK people, when were we healthier? Imagine what would happen to our national health care spending if we could get chronic disease rates back to the low levels of the1920's. Do your part and eat more butter!

For more about the benefits of eating more fat, please check out this page on the Eat the Butter site.

And, here's what some pro-butter experts are saying about butter (especially butter made from grass-fed cows' milk):

Weston A. Price Foundation: Butter is a rich source of easily absorbed vitamins A, D, E, and K. Butter is also an important source of trace minerals such as selenium. Butter helps boost metabolism and fight infection. Butter is a good source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a compound that protects against cancer and helps the body build muscle rather than store fat.

The Bulletproof Executive: The vitamins in butter protect against heart disease, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, and degenerative disease. Butter's secret ingredient is butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that reduces inflammation.