Vitamins and Butter – Real or Imitation?

May 14, 2013

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Vitamins and butter, are they real or imitation? That is the topic for today’s discussion. Are they totally real or just partially real?

Let's talk about butter first.

I was blessed to grow up in cattle ranch country in northeastern New Mexico. As long as I can remember we always had a milk cow. Yes, real butter is made from the cream skimmed from raw milk. Yes, raw milk and we didn’t get sick or die.

Now just for the fun of it I’ll give you a little history about our butter making. Daddy milked the milk cow every morning (first thing) and every evening, hopefully just a little before dark. The milk cow usually provided enough milk for our family, her own calf and any orphaned calf that might need to be fed from the bucket.

We had a bucket that had a nipple near the bottom of the bucket; Daddy would hang the bucket on the fence so the orphaned calf could suck the milk he poured into the bucket. To avoid using the bucket to feed the milk cow’s calf we left milk in the cow and let her calf suck the rest.

grandson's feeding calfOur grandchildren who live on a ranch are often given the job of feeding the orphaned calves from a bottle with special milk substiture because they do not always have a milk cow like we used to.

The milk was taken into the house in the clean milk bucket, poured into a clean strainer to make sure no bugs or debris was in the milk, than stored in large clean jars or Karo Syrup buckets. In those years, we used Karo Syrup in cooking and we ate it with peanut butter on homemade biscuits for breakfast after our eggs and bacon. Now I use raw, unfiltered honey with my peanut butter.

I will never forget the cleaning process of washing all the milk containers. They were washed in the hottest, cleanest water by hand and then dried with a clean, dry dish towel. This was done 2 times daily. Some people used a machine called a separator which separated the cream from the milk but Daddy preferred to have a little cream left in the milk we drank.

Back to making butter, the milk was allowed to sit in the refrigerator for several hours until all the cream came to the top. Cream is the fat from milk and weighs less so it rises to the top of the jar or bucket. At that point Mama would skim the cream off the top of the milk.

The cream was skimmed in two batches; the very top was kept separate from the cream right next to the milk. The heavy cream was used to make butter and whipping cream. The light cream was used for mashed potatoes or other cooking.

When we had accumulated enough heavy cream to fill the butter churn half full it was allowed butter churnto warm to room temperature and that was when my job started. I would sit with the churn between my legs and crank the wheel until the cream turned into butter. If I was lucky it would happen in about 15 or 20 minutes but occasionally it would take up to an hour. Once in a while one of my brothers would give me a hand when it took too long.

Mama would then mix a little salt with the butter and put it into our butter dish (a small crock type dish). It was kept cool in the refrigerator. I still have that butter dish in my treasures from Mama’s kitchen.

Daddy and my older brother used to drink the buttermilk that was left over from making the butter or it was used in cooking. As a child I did not like the taste of buttermilk. Actually, in reflecting back I believe it was the texture that I did not like.

That is what I call real butter!

There were times that the cow would be dry. That was usually a period of time right prior to her giving birth to a calf, then after the calf was born she would be what we called fresh she would give milk for a period of several months. Sometimes we actually had 2 milk cows so were able to plan and rotate them so we had milk most of the year.

During times of no fresh, raw milk we purchased butter in a package. I have no idea what it was made from — do you happen to know? The plastic package had a small package of food coloring inside. We would squeeze the package to mix the food coloring with the (I assume) imitation butter to make it nice and yellow like real butter.

For people who lived in town and I became one of those people after I married, we used margarine (another form of imitation butter). A claim of margarine was that it was healthier than butter because it didn’t have all those unhealthy fats. Boy, did we swallow that lie for a lot of years.

Margarine was made from hydrogenated vegetable oils. If you heated it prior to eating, it would actually clog your arteries with little chunks of plastic like stuff. Of course, there are the soft margarines and butters that are easy to spread and supposed to be healthy for you but they really aren’t because most of them are made with hydrogenated oils.

Seek out butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows — The Real Deal in butter for better health.

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Now what about the vitamins? What is real and what is imitation?

Vitamins are nutrients from food or at least they should be! Unfortunately along with the many advances in science, they have developed the chemical equivalents to most vitamins from food and say there is no difference. That is hog wash.

Your body was not designed by God to process those equivalents. For the most part your body actually rejects those synthetic vitamins as they cannot be assimilated properly.

A huge example is the synthetic form of many antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamin E which are derived from a petroleum product. I don’t know about you but I do not want to consume petroleum. These are definitely imitation vitamins.

Another problem with synthetic vitamins is that they are isolates. In other words they do not contain all the nutrients that synergize with the vitamins taken from real whole foods. Vitamins come in families – different properties of the vitamin need one another in order to be properly absorbed by the human body.

A synthetic vitamin could actually do harm. You may recall seeing the results of studies that indicate a certain vitamin can actually do harm. Those studies most likely have been done with synthetic isolated vitamins.

Vitamins from food actually contain minerals that are necessary for the utilization of the nutrients. Synthetic vitamins do not naturally have minerals – another reason they are not compatible with the needs of the human body.

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Did you know that a label can claim to be natural if they have only 10 percent of the real thing? It is important to be aware of that labeling law.

As you can see both butter and vitamins have imitations available but the imitations are not healthy like the real thing. It is important to take in nutrients that are the way God intended in the case of butter as well as in the case of vitamins.

Enjoy your real butter and take your real vitamins. Your health will thank you.




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Pat has been married to the same man for over 51 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren.  Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others.  Her goal is to share with others the things she has learned and is still learning about having the BEST REAL HEALTH possible. 


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1 Gary Hyman (Social Media for Entrepreneurs) May 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Great post and very timely. We're in the process of trying to find out how to get our milk as close as possible to the cow, and avoid purchasing the pasterized stuff. Thanks for sharing your wealth of information with us.

2 Pat Moon May 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Gary, I wish you luck on finding a good source for fresh milk. It is getting harder and harder to do that because of regulations. I enjoy sharing.

3 Trish Jones May 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Great educational post Pat! 

Would never go back to margarine. Bit by bit, been encouraging my family to switch to proper butter.

And as for fake vitamins, I wholeheartedly agree with you here. They can mimick what the body needs, but because they are just that, mimicks, not for long and it's the complications they create too. In order to live, we have to feed on LIVING food. 

4 Pat Moon May 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Trish, it is worth switching to butter, of course, in moderation. Also vitamins need to have a living food source. Thanks for reading.

5 Kathy Robinson May 20, 2013 at 1:19 am

Hi Pat,

I just love 'real' milk, not what we buy in shops. Can't seem to get it these days, everyone is too afraid of being sued. I've never had to milk a cow but hubby had one on the farm when he was a child. They used to make their own butter too. The cow was long gone when we met.


6 Pat Moon May 20, 2013 at 10:39 am


I often wish we could all be living on small farms and ranches in neighborhoods where we could just share one another’s resources and have all the fresh, wholesome food we could eat. Your hubby probably has some good stories to share.

7 Delia @ Blog Formatting May 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

Thanks so much for bringing awareness! Eating real butter in moderation is better than margarine for sure! Love your articles, please continue to share these great tips!

8 Pat Moon May 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

Delia, yes, real food is the only way to go.

9 denny hagel May 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Wow! Incredible information here Pat! So grateful to have you out there giving us the 'real truth' to help us live our healthiest lives! Thanks! (changing to butter!)

10 Pat Moon May 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Good decision, Denny, to change to butter. No need to clog those arteries with plastic like stuff.

11 Robin May 17, 2013 at 11:47 am

Super information!  I've always been very leery of synthetic vitamins and stuff like that.  I prefer to get my vitamins from natural sources rather than some man-made chemical things. 

12 Pat Moon May 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Robin, you are smart to be leery of synthetic vitamins. They are just not campatible with the human body and are like a foreign object to get rid of.

13 Yetunde May 17, 2013 at 4:54 am

Thank you for sharing this article. We learne everyday. A lof of the foods we have available are really synthetic.

We need to be conscious of what we put into our bodies.

14 Pat Moon May 17, 2013 at 8:37 am


Yes, it is a constant learning process to know what we need to put into our bodies and what we need to avoid.

Thanks for your visit.

15 Marvia May 17, 2013 at 1:29 am


I love your stories about growing up in New Mexico and the butter.  I love butter – makes stuff taste delicious.  I used to live in El Paso, and I enjoyed visiting Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  It's beautiful county out there and  wide open space.  Thanks for sharing the information about vitamins – a lot of that stuff I didn't know.  I am on a 30 day body challenge and had to give up one bad nutritional habit.  I gave up refined sugar.  It's only day 3 and it's tough, but I know my body will thank me later.  Thanks for this post. Very informative!

16 Pat Moon May 17, 2013 at 7:51 am

Marvia, good for you in your commentment to give up refined sugar. It is tough to do but, yes, your body will thank you. I have found that the way I can be successful in giving up unhealthy food is to replace it with healthy food that I enjoy. When your body has the nutrition it needs to function properly, the cravings for unhealthy foods are much less.

New Mexico is a beautiful state, not all desert like some people believe.

17 Marvia May 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Thanks Pat, you are so right about replacing bad habits with good ones.  I see a lot of apples in my future.  Hopefully peaches will be good this season – I Hope.


18 Pat Moon May 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Marvia, I love fresh tree-ripened peaches but they are often very difficult to find. I love summer because it is easier to get fresh fruits and veggies.

19 Daniele Holmberg May 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I absolutely loved y our childhood story of your milk cow and how your mom made butter! That was really cool to read:) Thank you for sharing!! 

20 Pat Moon May 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Daniele, I’m so glad you enjoyed my milk cow and butter stories. It was fun to share.

21 Carele Belanger May 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Hum very interesting Pat. Thank you for sharing this with us.

22 Pat Moon May 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Carele, appreciate your visit.

23 Susan Deborah Schiller May 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Just yesterday I was saying I'd like to have a milk cow! I love whole, natural foods… getting eggs, honey, and milk from local farmers instead of a grocery store.

I am looking for a good vitamin supplement, and this article is timely for me – I will check out your link!

Thanks, Pat 🙂

24 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Susan, a milk cow is a lot of work and responsibility but the outcome is good. I envy you that you have a good source for local eggs, honey, and milk.. that is great. Let me know if you have any questions about our supplements.. we have used them since 1985.

25 Jeanne Costello May 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Pat it's a pleasure to meet you. I am a distributor for YL Oils too, just signed up again after years. Thanks for very good info…really appreciate it. 

26 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Jeanne, welcome new friend. Looking forward to more connections.

27 Jessica Stone May 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

Pat – I'm so glad you wrote about this!  It was only raw goat's milk (not even cow) that my twins wouldn't react to when they were infants – every formula on the market caused rashes, colic, vomitting, etc.  You name it, we dealt with it!  I was so glad to know the health benefits of raw milk and the extra goodies I added to it for them to benefit the most from homemade, raw formula.  Also, I agree about the vitamins.  My mom once spoke with a gentleman responsible for hauling portible toilets – he said he's seen undigested vitamins, even with logos still on them!  WOW.  That tells you that is a waste of money and you are getting ZERO benefit from those!  

28 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Jessica, it sounds like you have traveled quite a path in getting proper nutrition to your twins. That is an interesting story about the gentleman who told about the undigested vitamins. Our bodies are just not designed to digest foreign objects. Occasionally even good quality supplements will go those a person’s system undigested because their digestive tract is so messed up it can’t even assimulate good nutrients.

29 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Hi Jessica, it sounds like you had quite an experience making sure your twins received proper nurrishment. I’m glad you found the answer but it is too bad you had to go through so much to get there. I am not surprised to hear the gentleman’s story about undigested vitamins. This happens more than we realize. Sometimes it is simply that our bodies are not designed to break down foreign objects. Other times it is because many people have digestive issues and simply cannot digest nutrients properly even when they are from a whole food source.

30 Carolyn Hughes May 15, 2013 at 7:54 am

You are a mine of interesting information Pat! It never occurred to me that vitamins could be imitation and although I do try to ensure that our whole family get the vitamins they need from food, I do use supplements occasionally. This has really made me think I need to read the labels mure more closely.

31 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

Carolyn, it is absolutely amazing how much imitation food is on the grocery shelves. The nutrients are pretty processed out of many foods. It’s sad.

32 Meryl Hershey Beck May 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Pat, you really know how to paint a picture with your words. Thanks for the great informatoin. 

33 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 8:16 am

Meryl, thanks for your compliment.

34 Christy Garrett May 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

This is great information on butter and the imposters.  I usually use margrine which gets a bad name as well. Every diet needs a bit of fat but in moderation.  

35 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 8:10 am

Christy, you need to switch to butter. Margarine can clog your arterties. We need healthy fats.

36 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 8:12 am

Christy, it would be good for you to switch to butter because margarine can contribute to clogged arterties.

37 Susan Hinds May 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Thank you Mary, there is so much deception around food and vitamins.  People need to be more vigilant and know what they are eating.  I love the difference that proper nutrition has made in my body so I am glad that you are getting the word out to people.

38 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 8:07 am

Susan, that is so true, we need to be more vigilant and informed about whether our nutrition is real or fake.

39 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

Susan, you are right. We need to be vigilant and be informed about the nutrition we put in our bodies.

40 Carla J Gardiner May 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I am so glad you wrote about this "hydrogenated oil" subject, Pat. So many people think margarine is healthier than butter, nonsense. I went to research the details of this "oil" and look what I found: "The molecules in this new product are now closer to cellulose or plastic than to oil. In fact hydrogenated oil is only one molecule away from being plastic".Learn more:

I think our grandparents lived healthier lives eating real butter because they used raw foods, ate moderately and ate to live instead of living to eat. Love your articles, keep them coming.

41 Pat Moon May 15, 2013 at 8:05 am

Carla, thanks for your input and support of butter. We went to butter many years ago after finding out we had been dooped about margarine. The same thing is true for eggs and beef. Of course, what would you expect from a healthy ranch girl?

42 Alexandra McAllister May 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Excellent post and information, Pat. Yes, I was amazed when I found out about the new labeling law! Imagine how many people think they are buying something good when in reality it is not. One must learn to read the labels. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

43 Pat Moon May 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Alexandra, I appreciate you taking the time to read my blogs even though you already are very well informed about nutrition.

44 Rob May 14, 2013 at 11:01 am

Growing up on a ranch sounds like allot of fun!!

45 Pat Moon May 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Rob, the funny thing is that I didn’t appreciate it while it was happening but fortunately my parents stayed on the ranch until my Dad passed away in 2001 so we were able to visit and expose our children to ranch life. Now our oldest son has taken up that lifestyle and 4 of our grandchildren are getting to experience the ranch life.

46 Mary Miner May 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

Great title and great article. Enjoyed your opinion.

47 Pat Moon May 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Hi Mary, thanks. Loved sharing.

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