Butter consumption is rising, but not without objections from the diet dictocrats. Appearing in The Wall Street Journal (October 29, 2014), an article entitled “The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders,” by Nina Teicholz lambasted the lowfat dietary guidelines as hopelessly outdated and contrary to the current science. She cited a landmark meta-analysis of all the available evidence which concluded that saturated fats could not, after all, be said to cause heart disease (Annals of Internal Medicine. Published online March 18 2014). Another meta-analysis (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010 Mar;91(3):535-46) came to the same conclusion. The industry-supported damage control team continues to tell us that we should avoid saturated fat because it will make us fat (a claim not supported by the evidence); or, they argue, the problem is that we replace saturated fats with donuts, when we should replace them with salmon and olive oil. The industry will do anything to keep us from eating butter or coconut oil—”Coconut oil seen as a health hazard” is the latest offering from the New Zealand Heart Foundation. Representatives from both camps “nearly came to blows” at a recent debate in New Zealand between Grant Schofield, a cheerleader for high-fat, low-carb diets, and Rod Jackson, apologist for margarine and vegetable oils. Still butter consumption in the U.S. has climbed to a forty-year “high” of 5.6 pounds per year, while New Zealanders are now consuming over twenty-four pounds per year.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2014🖨️ Print post
Robert Junior Sterling says
Hi, my name is Robert (19) and I’m from The Netherlands, Sally I’d like to ask you wether store bought butter is any good? I’ve been wondering this question for a long time now since store bought milk is absolutely terrible. Could butter also have went through a certain process that might have eliminated some of the goodies- just like it does with milk? Also, how safe is olive oil and coconut oil? I have been following ND’s like Dr Peter glidden and Dr Wallach and they seem to say that butter is good, but to avoid olive oil and coconut oil because it’s potentially oxidated and that you wouldn’t be able to smell or spot wether its oxidated or not. Have you guys done any testing on the oxidative damage that may have been done to coconut oil and olive oil? Also, I really think that the Weston A. Price Foundation should combine forces with Dr. Peter Glidden and Dr. Joel Wallach. If you would– I’m sure you would make even more wonderful progress in order to provide the best nutrition for the future generation!
I am very curious to know how the Weston Price foundation views dr. Wallachs claims and products. Would you please shed some light on this?