Researchers Urge a Return to Butter and Whole Milk

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Have you ever suspected that the tired ‘artery clogging fats’ line and ‘fats are bad’ pieces were based on a bunch of bologna?

Well, you would be correct. Not only are many doctors trying to bust the fat myths, but new research says the old info that guided health policy and major food system changes all these years just doesn’t add up.

Researchers are urging a return to butter and whole milk.

Check out the new research on saturated fat myths and heart health below. This writer and Weston A. Price support whole food, organic, unpasteurized and grassfed dairy products.

Want grassfed butter from the store? Look for Kerrygold butter and cheese. Want to look for a local farm source for fresh milk and other products? I’ve mapped over 20 online places to locate yours today.

PS – The papers and articles about the origin of the saturated-fat-clogs-your-arteries myth are vast. If you want an entertaining expose, I highly recommend the documentary Fat Head.

From Weston A. Price Foundation – Saturated Fat Phobia Lacks Scientific Basis:

Strictures against saturated fat, which have constituted U.S. government policy for over three decades, are deeply embedded in the nation’s consciousness. Yet a recent medical journal article is questioning the merits of such policies.

In March, the journal Annals of Internal Medicine published a meta-analysis of seventy-six scientific studies on the effect of various fats on heart disease, Association of Dietary, Circulating and Supplement Fatty Acids with Coronary Risk. The conclusion researchers drew after reviewing these studies was “Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.”

Federal policy prohibits whole milk and butter in school lunches. It is difficult to find whole milk products in a U.S. airport or butter in a chain restaurant or nursing home. Lawmakers continue to weigh new laws against these alleged ‘bad fats.’

For example, the Connecticut state legislature is currently reviewing a proposed law to ban whole milk in daycare centers.

In contrast, the Weston A. Price Foundation, based on the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston A. Price in the 1930s, has worked to restore foods like butter, eggs, whole milk, lard and coconut oil to their rightful place in the human diet. And, finally, modern research is catching up.

Chris Masterjohn, PhD said:

If the nutritional and medical establishments had taken the approach of Weston Price and endeavored to unravel the causes of heart disease by studying the diets and lifestyles of populations that were immune to the disease, it is unlikely the diet-heart hypothesis would ever have emerged.

Masterjohn, a nutrition scientist, is currently working alongside Dr. Fred Kummerow at the Burnsides Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois; his research focuses on the fat-soluble vitamins and the role of saturated fat in the prevention of heart disease.

Dr. Weston A. Price conducted research on the foods of isolated healthy peoples whose diets were rich in animal fats, such as Australian aborigines and the Seminoles of the Florida Everglades. While the latest version of the USDA dietary guidelines states that saturated fats are empty calories, Price found animal fats provide vitamins that are key to human health, such as true vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin K and vitamin E. Dr. Price emphasized the role these fat-soluble vitamins play in increasing nutrient absorption. Because of this, Price dubbed these vitamins ‘activators.’ These fat-soluble vitamins are also necessary for hormone production, normal growth, neurological function, and protection against chronic disease such as cancer and heart disease.

Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation said:

While this new research may lead to suggestions that it is OK to eat butter once in a while, the truth is that we should include foods like butter, whole milk, cheese and egg yolks in our diets every day.

These foods are critical for good health, and as Americans have avoided these traditional sources of saturated fat, their health has declined.

Consumer education resources on the health benefits of butter, coconut oil and other traditional fats are available on the Weston A. Price Foundation website, The Skinny on Fats.

To support the nutrition research of Dr. Chris Masterjohn as he continues the important work of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston A. Price, please visit the Research Lab page.

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a Washington, DC-based nutrition education 501(c)(3) with the mission of disseminating science-based information on diet and health. Named after Weston A. Price, DDS, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, WAPF publishes a quarterly journal for its 16,000 members, supports 600 local chapters worldwide and hosts a yearly international conference. Contact at (202) 363-4394, westonaprice.orginfo@westonaprice.org.

This press release also appeared at Globe News Wire

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  • efmbman

    Any time I see a report warning about the dangers of a certain product or service, I try to determine who or what is behind this revelation. It is more obvious when we are steered toward something else. Then I investigate who stands to gain from use of recommended product or service. Follow the money. It never lies.

  • Never stopped eating it, or salt, or anything the “experts” say is bad for you. If the government, citing unnamed “experts”, says something, you can bet it’s a fabrication to enrich somebody else but you.

  • americuh

    It was difficult adjusting from drinking milk from the family cow to that watery stuff in the store called whole milk. The thought of consuming low fat or non fat milk is not a consideration. We use butter, lard, lots of eggs from our chickens, and love bacon, yet we are not on cholesterol meds, nor are we overweight. Although the scientific community and the benevolent government have warned people against these essential nutritious and tasty foods, God did not.

  • D’oro

    I’ll just leave this right here:

    I have Crohn’s, so while I try to heal, meat is a safe-haven for me: I occasionally buy an entire can of high-quality pemmican, and go through it within a week – two years and two blood panels later, MY LDL IS LOWER THAN EVER, and my HDL is higher! (And forget Cholesterol – that’s a red herring for heart disease).

    The proof is in the FREAKING pudding (or rather… in the LACK of ‘pudding’… in my arterial veins). Enough said.

    Mainstream ‘expertise’ means nothing – just an excuse for Laymen to demand a higher Salary in our make-work economy. You want something done right? Do it yourself.