There has been much debate over the years of the role of saturated fats and other forms of fat in our diets. Since the 50's we have seen a dramatic rise in diet related health disorders, particularly heart disease. This occurrence seems to fly in the face of the "nutritional experts" and policy makers that have instituted a set of dietary recommendations, that include "low-fat" and "Grain based" diets, that were intended to reverse the occurrence of these same diseases. In other words, we were feed some "bad science" and now we are suffering for it.
So if you listen to your grandma and and not the deity in a white lab coat, I think we'll come to the conclusion that butter will always be a healthier option than those butter substitutes....
here is a great video that helps to clarify the historical and empirical evidence that has been ignored and points to quality forms of saturated fats and a reduction of carbohydrates in our diet can help reverse many of the modern disease we are experiencing because of this "Bad Science" culture....
"Big Fat Fiasco"
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