Butter: The Fat Formerly Known as Unhealthy
I’ve already read the chapter on fat in Nourishing Traditions so I know what Sally Fallon and the Weston A. Price foundation had to say on the topic. But I wanted to know what other researchers and nutritionists have said too. On the first question, Google returned a full page of sources. A couple hits were bloggers referencing sources on that same first page of results, but even those bloggers are reputable sources in and of themselves.
Tally up the reasons listed on all those pages as to why butter is good for our health and you’ll come up with no less than twenty distinct and legitimate reasons, fully backed up by independent research and studies.
On the second topic, Google returned a full page again, except that nearly half of those results we really about how butter wasn’t bad for you. While this certainly works in my favor (since we’re talking about why butter IS good for you), staking my claim on Google’s bad return of search results doesn’t exactly scream credible. So I kept clicking those “relevant” links, got lost a bit more and read what the skeptics had to say.
As it turns out, they all cling to one statement that isn’t even true: butter is saturated fat and saturated fats clog the heart’s arteries. But we know the truth – that not only is it good for our bodies, but saturated fat is a necessity.
Believe me – I tried to find other reasons to give a solid counter-argument why we shouldn’t eat butter. But all the answers out there are weak.