Butter Is Back

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    Mar 27, 2014 7:58 PM GMT
    (almost) everything tastes better with butter... kinda like bacon...


    Since the 1970s almost everyone in this country has been subjected to a barrage of propaganda about saturated fat. It was bad for you; it would kill you. Never mind that much of the nonsaturated fat was in the form of trans fats, now demonstrated to be harmful. Never mind that many polyunsaturated fats are chemically extracted oils that may also, in the long run, be shown to be problematic.

    Never mind, too, that the industry’s idea of “low fat” became the emblematic SnackWell’s and other highly processed “low-fat” carbs (a substitution that is probably the single most important factor in our overweight/obesity problem), as well as reduced fat and even fat-free dairy, on which it made billions of dollars. (How you could produce fat-free “sour cream” is something worth contemplating.)

    But let’s not cry over the chicharrones or even nicely buttered toast we passed up. And let’s not think about the literally millions of people who are repelled by fat, not because it doesn’t taste good (any chef will tell you that “fat is flavor”) but because they have been brainwashed.
  • tj85016

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    Mar 27, 2014 10:29 PM GMT
    along with olive oil, it never left
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    Mar 28, 2014 12:37 AM GMT
    That could never have been margarine in "Last Tango in Paris." Not in France.
  • SENCGuy1

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    Mar 28, 2014 11:59 AM GMT
    tj85016 saidalong with olive oil, it never left

    I agree; I always have both in my kitchen along with coconut oil.
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    Mar 28, 2014 1:46 PM GMT
    I never gave up butter, and I think margarine tastes like crap. Just last night I had Alaskan King Crab dipped in drawn butter, and the night before Maine lobster in the same thing.

    But olive oil is relatively new to me. It was never in my parents' kitchen, something poor Italian immigrants used, a non-American foreign item. But my half-Italian late partner always used it, and my current full-Italian partner doesn't know anything else.

    I've since learned it's one of the healthiest things out there. Now it's all I use for an oil. I kick myself that I was exposed to all those unhealthy "American" alternates when I was a kid, and lots of lard, too. My heart would likely be in a lot better shape today. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 28, 2014 3:16 PM GMT
    Don't be fooled; the healthy fats in olive oil are destroyed once you heat them; if frying you may as well use Wesson!