Mark Bittman Proclaims “Butter is Back” in The New York Times

Mark Bittman, an award-winning food columnist for The New York Times, is happy to report that the tides are finally turning away from low-fat diets back towards embracing healthy, wholesome, natural foods that include butter and full-fat dairy products. In his recent column, Butter is Back, he notes that this shift in attitudes has been on the horizon for quite some time, but has been legitimized by a meta-analysis published in the March 2014 journal Annals of Internal Medicine that found no sufficient evidence to support the notion that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease.

Bittman believes that the guidelines to avoid saturated fat came about because “…regulators were too timid to recommend that we eat less meat, [because] meat in itself isn’t bad; it’s about quantity and quality.” The root of our nation’s food problem is that over the years there occurred a “…transformation of ingredients we could once take for granted or thought of as healthy. Indeed, meat, dairy, wheat and corn have become foods that frequently contain antibiotics and largely untested chemicals.”

In lieu of fatty foods (even good, natural fatty foods like avocados and nuts), Americans began to eat ultra-processed “low-fat,” sugary foods that have become the real villains in our diet. Bittman’s recommendation? For people to “abandon fake food for real food, and in that category of real food you can include good meat and dairy.”

In a follow-up piece by NPR correspondent Allison Aubrey, she notes that the American Heart Association says it stands by its recommendations to limit saturated fat.

Yet, nutrition education nonprofit, The Weston A. Price Foundation issued a press release urging a return to cholesterol rich foods, butter, whole milk and eggs, Saturate Fat Phobia Lacks Scientific Basis.

Whenever any meaningful study is released, researchers on the other side of the issue always seem to respond that “more studies are necessary.” What remains to be seen is whether consumers allow their diets to be dictated by decades of debated science or their own intuitions.

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Flawed Bill Proposes Banning Whole Milk at Daycare Centers in Connecticut

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban whole milk from daycare centers across the state, a proposal that is being met with harsh criticism from parents and nutritionists.

Senate Bill 48 proposes that “No child day care center, group day care home or family day care home shall provide milk with a milk fat content greater than one percent to any child two years of age or older…unless [it] is medically required.” This law would not apply to breast milk.

Parents are speaking out against the bill, pointing out that it is not the government’s place to interfere with the decisions they make about what to feed to their children – especially when it comes to a healthy, nutrient-rich food like milk.

“If I had an obese child, as a parent, I would decide not to give my child whole milk,” says Deb Boucher of West Hartford. “But I don’t want state legislatures and lawmakers to decide that for me.”

The bill was proposed in an effort to improve nutrition standards for, and curb obesity among, children. However, ….

“In addition to infringing on personal liberty, the bill…is based more on some legislator’s harebrained idea of how nutrition and diet work than any actual nutrition or dietary science,” writes nutritionist Elizabeth Nolan Brown.

She writes a scathing review of the legislation and points out that whole milk is healthier than skim milk because it is less processed. Whole milk has more calories than skim milk, but Brown points out that “calories aren’t everything. Whole milk is richer in protein and fats, which promote satiety and fullness, and feeling full and satisfied longer makes people (including kids) less likely to overeat later.” Brown also references two studies that found drinking skim milk was associated with weight gain while whole milk was not in both 9-14 year olds and preschoolers.

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Farm-to-Consumer Foundation Launches Raw Milk University

As the demand for raw milk continues to grow, new producers are needed. The Farm-to-Consumer Foundation (FTCF) has launched Raw Milk University to teach dairy farmers how to produce raw milk in a safe, economical manner.

According to the announcement on the Farm-to-Consumer website, Raw Milk University is “for producers who want to learn about what is important in starting a raw milk dairy or improving [existing] raw milk operations,” and “gives participants the opportunity to learn from experts in the raw milk community.”

Raw Milk University is made up of a series of webinars spanning topics from “Milking Practices for High Quality Raw Cow Milk, Milk Room and Milking Equipment Setup and Maintenance” to seasonal “Dairy Goat Management and Lactation.” They are led by Sharon Wilson (who owned/operated the largest raw goat dairy in Colorado and has been consulting on raw goat milk dairies for over 8 years) and Tim Wightman (a farmer, dairy and soils consultant, and President of the FTCF).

Three webinars took place in April; three more are scheduled for July and three more in October. All webinars begin at 1pm EST and run for approximately 90 minutes. Webinars are $40 per session, with discounted rates for booking in bulk.

For more information and registration, please click here.

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WAPF Shopping Guide Now Available as the “Find Real Food” Mobile App

The popular Weston A. Price Foundation Shopping Guide for Finding the Healthiest Foods in Supermarkets, Health Food Stores and by Mail Order has gone digital. The “Find Real Food” iPhone app has transformed this extensive booklet into a searchable guide that is readily available on users’ iPhones when they are out and about, providing a practical shopping solution for health-conscious consumers who value wholesome, nutritious foods.

The “Find Real Food” iPhone app catalogs over 13,000 products spanning 30 categories, including grains, dairy, snack foods, beverages and more. Users can browse or search the directory for products that are commonly found in health food stores or grocers, filtering results by where products can be purchased (in stores vs. online) or by user ratings. For harder-to-find grass-fed meats and farm-fresh dairy, the app also lists small, family-owned farms that sell directly from the farm and mail order companies that deliver nationwide.

Users can rate and review products, sharing specific likes and dislikes with the “Find Real Food” community. Users can also elect to share their favorite newly discovered foods automatically with friends on Facebook.

“Find Real Food”iPhone App was funded and developed by Real Food Mobile, LLC. It is available for purchase through the iTunes App Store and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Users can purchase a 6-month subscription for $2.99 or a 12-month subscription for $4.99. Visit RealFoodMobileApp.com for more details.

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Washington Times Op-Ed: Congress Steps in to Call Off the War on Unpasteurized Milk

An editorial published in The Washington Times paints a vivid picture of the legal disputes between raw milk sellers and public health officials, describing it as a “war on unpasteurized milk” in which several members of Congress have finally and rightfully decided to intervene.

The author portrays authorities as “food police” and describes undercover agents trying to entrap Amish farmers and SWAT teams raiding health food markets in attempts to crack down on the sales of raw milk. The author praises Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) for introducing two food freedom bills that would end federal persecution of those selling and buying raw milk and raw milk products.

“It’s a sure sign that the government is too big and has too much to do that it expends so much effort to spill raw milk,” writes the author. “The public is perfectly capable of deciding whether to drink milk raw or cooked. The SWAT teams should look for evildoers elsewhere.”

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Day of Action to Support Federal Food Freedom Bills: May 6, 2014

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is asking those who believe in food freedom and consumer choice to make their voices heard during a Day of Action on Tuesday, May 6.

If you believe that Americans have the right to buy wholesome, natural foods from local farms, please contact your state representatives on Tuesday, May 6 and urge them to support bills HB 4307 and HB 4308 to end federal crackdown on the distribution of raw milk.

A short video by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund provides a brief glimpse into the contentious history between public health officials and raw milk producers, and explains what these two bills will do to alleviate the persecution of raw milk producers.

“You don’t need to drink raw milk to support others’ rights to peacefully procure the foods of their choice from the producer of their choice,” urges the narrator in the video. “Please call your Congressperson and ask them to support these two bills.”

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