An article on the Mail Online claims that adults are eating an average of 800g of saturated fat a month (20% more than the recommended limit) and that saturated fat is blamed for a third of the 200,000 premature deaths from heart disease every year.
However, these views have sparked a backlash from the farming industry and TV chefs. A spokesman for Jamie Oliver said, “He is completely against a ban on butter. He doesn’t like the whole kind of food police, we must ban everything, point of view. Butter can be eaten in moderation.”
David Halhead, who has a dairy farm in Lancashire, said “There is far more evidence out there that dairy products are good for you. Milk and butter are full of important minerals.”