Monday, April 28, 2014

Researchers Urge a Return to Butter and Whole Milk

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

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,,

This press release also appeared at Globe News Wire

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1atheo said...

The saturated fat scam: What’s the real story?

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter how many calories you consume, so long as you burn 'em all.

Where they come from does matter, however.

Naturally sourced food is what humans evolved to eat. Hard to argue with that.

Anonymous said...

Read somewhere recently, that cholesterol buildup in the arteries is the body's natural defence against inflammation of the artery walls, and not a result of eating too much butter. Seems we should be looking at what causes the artery walls to be inflamed, but big food/pharma probably knows it is a product THEY supply, hence they insist every man woman child and their dog/cat/lizard take statins (which they also supply) to fight it. I stopped seeing my doctor about six years ago when I realized the f****r was destroying my already fragile mental health with SSRI's, that he probably scored a free holiday in the Maldives off the drug company whose poison he prescribed. Same doctor told my sister she was stressed, and needed beta-blockers when she reported symptoms of visual disturbances and loss of balance. My sister said she was actually really content and happy with life and not stressed at all, but he still insisted that she took the pills and went away. She died about a week later getting out of bed when the massive brain aneurism she was suffering finally burst and crushed her brain stem. Round about the same time, Sharon Stone suffered the same condition, she was sent for a scan, the aneurism was discovered, and she had an operation to wrap platinum wire around it to prevent it expanding. SS is still alive to the best of my knowledge. But then SS IS a rich celebrity, my sister was just a loving wife and mother, and beautiful human being who worked part time in fast food. I'm sure that there are good, caring doctors out there, but most are now just drug-pushers for big pharma.

dale said...

No to animal products. A plant-ba

dale said...

A plant-based diet is healthier for you and the planet. That's what cows eat.

Carroll said...

It's not fat in a person's diet that harms them. What harms people and sends them to an early grave is sitting on their dead asses and refusing to lift a finger for any reason.

Anonymous said...

Not some doctors or researchers who are not funded by meat or dairy industry.

Such human centric ways of looking at everything also. Tens of millions of mother cows and calves live and die on HELL in this industry. HELL.....The environmental impact of raising cows for stealing their milk and young is incalculable.
Cow milk is full of natural hormones. Why ingest estradiol, progesterone, estrogen, IGF-1, all naturally found in pregnant cow milk? Why NURSE after age three? Illogical. YES it does matter HOW calories are consumed. The meat and dairy lobby, and habituated consumers seem to cling to this lifestyle like children to Halloween candy....The stuff from pregnant mammals is for HER offspring, THAT species, containing the perfect amounts of protein, lactose, fats, etc. for THAT species. We are not calves. Stealing their nutrients in revolting. Especially considering the sheer cruelty they endure when being separated almost immediately from THEIR mothers. Mother cows bellow in pain for weeks after humans abduct their children. GROW UP and STOP nursing already...... What the hell is wrong with our species that is uses cows as wet nurses?

Anonymous said...

Thousands of years of eating truly natural food and along come the science/medical/mental health "exceptionals" turning everything on its head.

How's that working out, BTW?

Anonymous said...

Lard is good also, especially for baked goods. I just got through rendering out some fat in our roaster, and it's cooling in containers on the counter now. There's something satisfying about ensuring your food is as wholesome and chemical-free as possible.

Anonymous said...

There are many, many reasons to avoid all dairy.

Paul Panza said...

Not human food. Humans have a tendency for ruining mother nature in order to make money. Very inefficient and stupid but what could one expect of a dumbed down populace. Eat what you will shall be the whole of the law. Not!! Humans are not carnivores, and meat eaters are not interested in peace. Scarcity of resources and high prices is an investment in more austerity when one adds incorrect eating habits to the diet. No sacred cows in this country, just sacred money and madness from a heavy heart.

Hide Behind said...

As a youth and in my childrens youth there was always milk, and whenever possible it was whole milk from farmers I or wife personally knew, yet we knew the dangers that are always present in such milk
Hell even the cattle today are not of the same naturally formed animals nor are the feeds as.
Left to the fRmers in non controlled buisness and financial wars the US would be drowning in milk, millions of gallons would as in past be getting either dumped into streams or sewer drains if not powdered and sent to feed manufacturing plants.
Markets do not like whole milk unless the suppliers can guarantee to buyback unsold and refrigeration of whole milk is way more critical than processed hense cost more.
Government bought tens of thousands of milk cows and even farms so as to insure that an over supply would be impossible . Milk prices are set by regional gov/ industry panels such as Krogers and other corporate and milk may even be tighter controlled and regulated than oil.
Is milk from cattle still a nutricious drink for most of humanity, not by a long shot.
In US we do not necessarily have food stupid people but food ignorant is more like it but worse of all is they think their is someone wTching over their foods who cares wether or not they eat death.
There is No Good fairy watching over our farmers or i ndustrial suppliers of animal or plant; What we have are bureaucrtic Fairys flapping from one pollinator after another.
This Deregulation , and make no mistake that is just what end results are being silent agenda manipulations are will put us back into buyer beware days, with no recourse to request for damage.
Just go slow as not one fn gree ie back to nature horseshit trail has led to one real boon to humanity yet.

Anonymous said...

no one's been listenin for decades to their statement on fats that become SOLIDS AT ROOM TEMPERATURE--geeeeeeeeez.anyone ot here at room temp ?

Anonymous said...

Militant Vegans telling the rest of the world what to do. They believe their version of Utopia is the correct version, so everyone else needs to get on board their Fruit, Vegetable, Nut Train. Never mind the fact that people in this country were born Free to choose their path in life and that includes eating meat. Let's just forget Free Will and does as the Nazi Vegans direct before they begin to annihilate the rest of us. It's what they plan on doing anyway, they just won't tell you...

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