America returns to its love of butter

Butter continues its big comeback in the US, but it’s still got some road to travel from consumption levels of the 1920s.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the average American downs nearly 23 sticks of butter a year (2,6kg), pulling ahead of margarine for the third year running.

The reversal in tastes coincides with a growing backlash against processed foods and new research suggesting that fat might have been unfairly singled out for vilification.


While Americans have rekindled their love affair with butter, its consumption today has got nothing on the roaring twenties when the average American used to spread, melt and eat it with abandon, downing 8,13kg, or roughly 72 sticks a year.


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