Grass-Fed Butter Is One of the Healthiest Fats

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  • Grass-fed butter is one of the healthiest fats: Based on recent research, butter made from grass-fed cows is a much healthier and more nutritious choice than other butters, one of the healthiest fats, and a major source of heart-healthy nutrients. For instance, research shows that the fatty acid CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) can have powerful effects on our health and butter from grass-fed cows contains five times more CLA than butter from grain-fed cows, it also has much higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2. New studies show that people consuming grass-fed butter have a lower risk of heart disease. In countries where cows are largely grass-fed, the people who eat the most butter seem to have a drastically reduced risk of heart disease. A study published in 2010 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, by Smit LA, et al. called Conjugated linoleic acid in adipose tissue and risk of myocardial infarction, examined levels of CLA in the fat tissue of 1813 non-fatal heart attack patients, and compared them to 1813 similar subjects who had not gotten heart attacks. The results indicated that the people who ate the most were 49 percent less likely to experience a heart attack, compared to those who ate the least.
  • Traditional discipline vs. restorative justice in schools: More and more schools around the U.S. are currently moving away from traditional discipline and turning to restorative justice as they realize that the traditional disciplinary measures such as suspensions and expulsions often don’t work and can instead set troubled students up for failure by further disengaging them from school. While traditional justice systems are based on punishing perpetrators (usually by ostracizing or isolating them), restorative justice focuses on healing the harm that has been inflicted. Restorative justice programs in schools seek to establish cultures of openness, communication and respect. During the 1990s, suspensions and expulsions became increasingly popular, paralleling a dramatic increase in the country’s prison population as a result of the War on Drugs. Initially, zero-tolerance discipline was focused on the most extreme offenses: guns and drugs in school. As Dr. Martha Schiff, a restorative justice expert at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL explains: “But what happened over the years was that morphed into including more and more things into what were zero-tolerance offenses, including bringing nail clippers or butter knives to school. Not surprisingly, the number of suspensions and expulsions has nearly doubled since 1974. Disproportionately, students of color have been the recipients of those punishments. Nationwide, while 17 percent of school-age children are black, African-American students comprise 37 percent of suspensions and 35 percent of expulsions. Additionally, black students are suspended or expelled at a rate three times that of white students. Kids who should have been in school were being systematically kicked out and winding up in the justice system.”
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