If you saw Mark Bittman's column in the New York Times declaring "Butter Is Back," you might think that the medical community has reversed its position on the dangers of saturated fat. Well, we certainly haven't, and neither have our colleagues.
There is solid data that the five food felons-trans fat, added sugars, syrups, non-whole grains and saturated fat-promote inflammation, heart disease, stroke and cancer. No ifs ands or buts about it. The highly publicized March 2014 meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine does not change this. Saturated fat, from butter, four-legged animal fat (including milk), poultry skin, and coconut and palm oils, is bad for your health. Period.
However, if you substitute trans fat or simple sugars or syrups for butter, then yes, butter might be the lesser of two (or three) evils. Over the years, consumer fear of saturated fat has created a plethora of products that sell because they're touted asRead More »from Is it Safe to Eat Saturated Fat Now? Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen Weigh In