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[VIDEO] How Big Government Backed Bad Science Made Americans Fat 

Q&A with journalist Nina Teicholz

Consumption of meat, butter, eggs, and cheese were once encouraged as part of a healthy diet. Then in the 1950s, a Minnesota doctor named Ancel Keys put forth his diet-heart hypothesis, claiming that saturated fats raise cholesterol levels and cause heart attacks.

Keys produced landmark studies of the relationship between diet and heart disease that transformed nutrition science. He became a powerful figure in the science community. Contemporaries who publicly questioned the validity of his findings risked losing their research funding or becoming pariahs. When the U.S. adopted dietary guidelines in 1980, Keys’ recommendations became enshrined in national food policy.

“We have made our policy based upon this weak kind of science called epidemiology which shows association, but not causation,” Teicholz explains. “We have the situation where we just cannot reverse out of these policies that were originally based on really weak science.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Donald Trump Appears in Tub of Butter

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Jordan Palmer reports: You never know what you’re going to get when you open up a container of butter. KSDK-TV received an interesting photo on Facebook from a viewer that opened up a new package of butter spread and saw Donald Trump staring back at her.

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Jan Castellano said she pulled back the plastic on an Earth Origins Organic Spread and saw Trump staring back at her.

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Source: USAToday


Do You Have an Inexplicable Love of Baked Potatoes, with Butter? This is the Chair for You

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BFiberandCraft made this incredibly awesome Baked Potato Bean Bag Chair that even comes with a Butter Pat Pillow for the ultimate comfort food experience. Everyone knows that butter makes anything better.

“Do you have an inexplicable love of baked potatoes? This is the chair for you! Even if you don’t like baked potatoes, this chair is absolutely the most comfortable thing you will ever sit in! Made from hand-dyed cotton, you will sink into its cushion-y softness and never want to get out! Comes complete with a satin butter pillow!”

After a heavenly nap on this tater we’d probably wake up in a happy puddle of drool. Read the rest of this entry »


ENDING THE GLOBAL PANIC ABOUT BUTTER: Cease Fire Called in War on Fat

"Are you serious? Butter?"

“Are you serious? Butter?”

Time Cover:  FAT is GOOD

For TIMEBryan Walsh writes:

 In 1977, the year before I was born, a Senate committee led by George McGovern published its landmark “Dietary Goals for the United States,” urging Americans to eat less high-fat red meat, eggs and dairy and replace them with more calories from fruits, vegetables and especially carbohydrates.

By 1980 that wisdom was codified. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its first dietary guidelines, and one of the primary directives was to avoid cholesterol and fat…(read more)

[Also see Butter: One of the Great Comeback Stories in U.S. Food History]

[Read more Yes, Saturated Fat is Good: Undoing Decades of Government Misinformation About Health]

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