Old rule: Butter is evil.
New rule: Butter belongs in your kitchen. “Butter is back,” declared food writer Mark Bittman in The New York Times earlier this year, citing new research showing there’s no evidence to support the idea that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz devotes an entire book to the subject in her just-released The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. And Mitzi Dulan, RD, team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals baseball team, says she uses butter at home for certain dishes—a grilled cheese sandwich is one—since studies show that saturated fat isn’t as bad as we once thought. As we all know, moderation is key, but we no longer need to “demonize” the ingredient that has long been a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike.
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