“A study in the British Medical Journal three years ago showed that middle-aged Australian men who had followed health advice and eaten margarine instead of butter actually had higher death rates. One explanation for this is that the oils in their margarines were high in omega-6 fatty acids. These actually displace heart-healthy omega-3 fats from the body. Moreover, high levels of omega-6 fats in the body can cause inflammation, which may, in turn, cause cardiovascular disease.

And last year, a major review of research evidence in the BMJ journal Open Heart overturned 30 years of health advice telling us to avoid butter and full-fat milk. The official advice – that we should cut our intake of saturated fats, such as butter, to only 10 per cent of our daily diet – “should not have been introduced”, experts said. Such revelations have prompted a renaissance for butter.” ~ John Naish