If anything is hotly debated in the nutrition world, it is the issue of fats. Conventional, current health wisdom tells us to eschew butter, milk, cheese & coconut oil in favor of "lower calorie" fats like olive oil, sesame oil, and low fat dairy. What we always hear is how saturated and animal fats make you fat and cause heart disease and cancer. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.
We'll be delving deeper into this topic in the weeks to come, but for now, check out this great quotation from H. Leon Abrams, discussing briefly how it's not fat that makes you fat- it's excess carbs. Abrams is the author of Your Body is Your Best Doctor.
(Taken from p. 358 of Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon)
"Most people are prone to think that eating fat makes fat; however, fat does not make fat in the body.
A healthy body must have fat to carry on its vital processes. Carbohydrates- the grains, bread, starches and sugar- are the foods that make fat- and it is these foods that must be curtailed for the person who has great difficulty with obesity.
People who wish to lose weight should give up grains, sugar and starches until their desired weight is attained, then they should eat grains and starches only moderately."