I do realise that one can find any answer one seeks with all the information at our fingertips. I chose however three sources from three different countries and perspectives. They all say - maybe what I want to hear - that animal fats are essential to the best functioning of the body.
So given that I have been feeling sick since 2012, have been tested for allergies (mild intolerance to wheat), for coeliac disease, have had ongoing blood tests for leukemia, anemia, neutrophilia, was down to 43kgs, and found a stable weight at around 47kgs, my diet had to change so I could eat and not be bloated and in pain. I was also diagnosed with I(rritable) B(owel) S(yndrome). I have skin rashes on my legs which come and go and seem to be related to levels of stress (self-imposed, that is! and I do believe that, no pun here). Blood Pressure is fine, I can exercise (30mns walk, 3 hours slow bicycle riding at merely 18kms/hr).
I used to eat and still be hungry. I would wake up in the middle of the night craving for ??? I have resolved the sugar issue
>> access the section on Sugar
So what ?
Well I got into a habit after my Sunday bike ride to fry pan a pork loin chop, add a bit of greens. And I always seem to satisfy my hunger.
I come from France where we eat a lot of animal fats in the form of dry sausages, pates, ham, and we cook casseroles in duck fat, goose fat. Funnily enough we do not eat big quantities of meat. My aunty also makes these beautifully rich macaroons out of pig fat.
So what ?
Well, in 2020, after more blood tests, and still craving, I tried the animal fat again and so far the cravings seem to have gone.
As I write this, it is still early days but considering my readings, what my body is telling me, and what my French cooking background is showing me with a very low rate of heart disease despite their diet, it is worth re-introducing animal fat. I am not going to shy away from the fat coming from the animal but I will back off from butter because it is a form of processed fat which I am reacting to - for whatever reason, whether lactose or other issue. My body does not like it.