Michael Pollan starts the first page of his book Food Rules by dedicating it to his mother with this:
“For my mother, who always knew butter was better for you than margarine”
Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health said this in 2005 to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory committee (DGAC):
“Conventional wisdom holds that the more fat you eat, the more likely you are to become obese. However, the evidence does not support the conventional wisdom”.
He went on to cite 16 long term studies to prove it.
You may or may not believe this. If you don’t, perhaps looking at cultures who haven’t feared fats and have remained healthy might change your mind.
The French and the Irish continue to cook everything in butter and are croaking from heart disease way less then we are in North America.
The Indians and Pakistanis who cook with a lot of Ghee, a saturated fat, suffer from very few rates of heart disease.
Spoonfuls of Cod Liver Oil, an animal fat, are taken daily in Scandinavia without any ill effects or increased cholesterol.
In Thailand coconut oil and coconut milk, both saturated fats, show up in every dish and in copious amounts. The population suffers from way less heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases than we do.
One more study:
A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiological studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat (the fat found in butter, coconut oil, lard) is associated with an increased risk of CHD.
Dr. Peter Attia has a great educational presentation on why we fear fats. Check out this video and learn why we shouldn’t fear fats: The limits of scientific evidence and the ethics of dietary guidelines — 60 years of ambiguity.
Fear the packaged foods, the margarine and commodity crop oils but…
Embrace what your great grandmother would have had in her recipe book.