Butter is good according to the Weston A Price Foundation, the nutritional teachings of which were presented to New Zealanders during a speaking tour by foundation representative Sally Fallon in May.
Animal fats, properly prepared whole grains, enzyme-enriched foods and nourishing bone broths kept our ancestors healthy says Sally Fallon, author of the cook book Nourishing Traditions,.
Sally has picked up the work of nutrition pioneer Weston A Price who, visited New Zealand as a guest of the Government in the 1930s.
Dr Price's studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples concluded that humans achieve "perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation" only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats, according to the foundation. She says the underlying factors in a variety of traditional diets "that conferred beauty, strength and complete freedom from disease on so-called primitive populations," according to the promotional material for her tour.
The foundations provides a step-by-step plan to put nourishing traditional foods - "foods that your family will actually eat" back into the diet including easy breakfast cereals, soups, snack foods, high enzyme condiments and soft drinks that are actually good for you!
She promotes butter as the number one health food and talks about the vital role of high cholesterol foods, the dangers of modern soy foods and soy infant formula and "the conspiracy to promote vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats. She advocates old fashioned foods ""that give limitless energy and vibrant health" and campaigns on the unfortunate consequences of modern farming methods.
"An articulate communicator, Sally Fallon blends culinary expertise with a finely honed capacity to cut through to the truth about our eating habits and their consequences," says the Weston A. Price Foundation, of which she is the founding president.
"Her full-spectrum nutritional cookbook, Nourishing Traditions shows through research and recipes how the wise food choices and preparation methods of isolated traditional cultures promoted vigorous good health, longevity and freedom from dental problems and mental disorders.
The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism.
It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies.
Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants. (www.westonaprice.org).
The Foundation seeks to establish a laboratory to test nutrient content of foods, particularly butter produced under various conditions; to conduct research into the "X Factor," discovered by Dr. Price; and to determine the effects of traditional preparation methods on nutrient content and availability in whole foods.