Being, getting and staying healthy is a complicated subject and varies from person to person and culture to culture. The common denominator may be that those who eat the most pure and unadulterated food and maintain low stress levels seem to have the best outcome. Of course this is a generalization because each person is unique but it is a good place to start. 

      In the 70’s “they” had us substitute fake foods like margarine, egg beaters etc.   Problems resulting from white sugar and white flour were lightly spoken about and salt was vilified.  Smoking at one point was said to be good for you too.  Today foods with fat are slowly becoming decriminalized. Here are a few recent articles I have gathered on the subject of fat now being on the menu again:

Ending the War on Fat By Bryan Walsh
Ending the War on Butter By Jane Weaver
Butter Is Back—Processed Foods Are Identified as Real Culprits in Heart Disease By Dr. Joseph Mercola
New Science Destroys the Saturated Fat Myth By Dr.  Joseph Mercola
A book by Uffe Ravnskov titled Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You  is a worthwhile read.  After years of trying to make sense of the science Dr.  Uffe Ravnskov clears up a lot of controversy.