So now butter and lard are good for you again, and vegetable oils (except olive) are bad:
The World Health Organization has faced fierce backlash after telling people to replace butter and lard with ‘healthier’ oils in the New Year.
A leading cardiologist today said he was ‘shocked and disturbed’ by the advice, which the UN agency listed as a tip to prolong people’s lives.
Butter has been demonised for decades over its saturated fat content – but an array of evidence is beginning to prove it can be healthy.
Plus ça change, plus la même chose.
This announcement could have had some impact on my life, except that I never stopped using butter and I’ve always looked suspiciously at all cooking oils anyway.
Never mind: next week some other cardiologist will warn us that butter causes (or, more likely, “may” cause) aggravated syphilis or something.
In the meantime, any report from a large government- or international agency (CDC, WHO, etc.) should be treated with the utmost skepticism if not outright rejection. In fact, if Agency A warns that X is bad for you, a rule of thumb would be to increase the intake of X.
I don’t see that the above advice can be any worse than the bullshit we’ve been fed for the past fifty-odd years.